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morrison has rescued childcare from covid-19 collapse – but the details are still murky

Morrison has rescued childcare from COVID-19 collapse – but the details are still murky

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Picture: Shuttlestock Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced free childcare for more than one million families, with a funding boost that aims to keep more than 13,000 childcare services across Australia open. In doing so, the government has...
most community bids to block pokies fail – the law is stacked against them too

Most community bids to block pokies fail – the law is stacked against them...

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Picture: David Moir/AAP Most Australians know you never end up winning on the pokies. What Australians might not know is that the odds of winning a case against a poker-machine proposal in their local neighbourhood...
what can you use a telehealth consult for and when should you physically visit your gp?

What can you use a telehealth consult for and when should you physically visit...

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Picture: Shuttlestock As of this week, everyone with a Medicare card is eligible for Medicare-funded telehealth. That means you can have a consultation with your GP, psychologist and other health providers via video or phone, rather than going in. This...
how not to fall for coronavirus bs: avoid the 7 deadly sins of thought

How not to fall for coronavirus BS: avoid the 7 deadly sins of thought

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Image: Shuttlestock With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a great deal of anxiety, we might come to think people are irrational, selfish or downright crazy. We see people showing up to public venues en masse or...

Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo. Your cuppa can help save his species

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Picture: Healesville Sanctuary, Author provided Tree kangaroos are so unusual that when Europeans first encountered them in Australia in 1872, they were sceptical. Who would believe a kangaroo could climb a tree? But the recent birth of Chimbu – a...
the government’s coronavirus mobile app is a solid effort, but it could do even better

The government’s coronavirus mobile app is a solid effort, but it could do even...

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Picture: Shuttlestock The Australian government has launched an app offering up-to-date advice and information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Australia app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, was released alongside a new WhatsApp messaging feature.     As this pandemic unfolds,...
coronavirus is a wake-up call: our war with the environment is leading to pandemics

Coronavirus is a wake-up call: our war with the environment is leading to pandemics

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Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world is a crisis of our own making. That’s the message from infectious disease and environmental health experts, and from those in planetary health – an emerging field...
give people and businesses money now they can pay back later (if and when they can)

Give people and businesses money now they can pay back later (if and when...

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Image: Shuttlestock The novel coronavirus sees Australia facing major unprecedented health and economic crises. The key to preventing a downward spiral of the economy is to avoid a collapse in incomes of newly laid-off workers...
a major scorecard gives the health of australia’s environment less than 1 out of 10

A major scorecard gives the health of Australia’s environment less than 1 out of...

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Image: Dave Hunt/AAP 2019 was the year Australians confronted the fact that a healthy environment is more than just a pretty waterfall in a national park; a nice extra we can do without. We do...
all australians will be able to access telehealth under new $1.1 billion coronavirus program

All Australians will be able to access telehealth under new $1.1 billion coronavirus program

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Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP Scott Morrison unveiled last night a $1.1 billion set of measures to make Medicare telehealth services generally available during the coronavirus pandemic and to support mental health, domestic violence and community services. The...