News Archives
2018
A DA for the major redevelopment of Stockland Glendale has been submitted to Lake Macquarie Council. The $60 million expansion and redevelopment would add around 50 new specialty retailers and include a Coles expansion, an enclosed mall and a ‘‘boulevard restaurant precinct’’ with casual dining areas linking shops and a cinema. Lake Macquarie City Council is currently assessing the plan, which is expected before the Joint Regional Planning Panel soon. Glendale Shopping Centre $60 million upgrade 13th November 2018
A DA for the major redevelopment of Stockland Glendale has been submitted to Lake Macquarie Council. The $60 million expansion and redevelopment would add around 50 new specialty retailers and include a Coles expansion, an enclosed mall and a ‘‘boulevard restaurant precinct’’ with casual dining areas linking shops and a cinema. Lake Macquarie City Council is currently assessing the plan, which is expected before the Joint Regional Planning Panel soon..
Website: http://www.hbrmag.com.au/article/read/stockland-glendale-to-get-60m-facelift-1534
Great Announcement!
Health Minister Greg Hunt is to launch a series of mental health initiatives designed to support Australian servicemen and women.
More mental health support for veterans 5th November 2018
Great Announcement! Health Minister Greg Hunt is to launch a series of mental health initiatives designed to support Australian servicemen and women. .
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-mental-health-support-for-veterans
Mental illness affects four million Australians, with mental health the number one reason people see their GPs.

Yet it remains incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to get comprehensive life insurance cover if you suffer from a mental illness, with some companies flat out denying claims.

Many insurance companies even attempt to discourage people from seeking treatment by excluding services or denying cover. Should mental illness be included in life insurance policies? 1st November 2018
Mental illness affects four million Australians, with mental health the number one reason people see their GPs. Yet it remains incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to get comprehensive life insurance cover if you suffer from a mental illness, with some companies flat out denying claims. Many insurance companies even attempt to discourage people from seeking treatment by excluding services or denying cover..
Website: https://www.2gb.com/should-mental-illness-be-included-in-life-insurance-policies/
Our farmers need support during our latest drought without question.
Taking the cash out of NDIS money grab for drought relief 'frightening', say people living with disabilities 29th October 2018
Our farmers need support during our latest drought without question. Taking the cash out of "allocated funds" for our disabled men, women and children isn't the answer..
Website: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/ndis-money-grab-for-drought-relief-frightening-say-people-living-with-disabilities-20181027-p50cbk.html?fbclid=IwAR00BIIUwYqLDZS5epaeS89NQsTGwVB1IeDTHO3VlZUcGp4GicyKCZnzd64
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews promises royal commission into mental health 25th October 2018
"We don't have the best mental health system we can possibly have," he said. "Only when a person is in real crisis do they get tailored individual help. "We have a system that simply can't cope and will continue to contribute to tragedy if we don't have a royal commission and seek those answers, make that reform, drive that change and show that leadership," he said..
Website: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-24/victoria-daniel-andrews-royal-commission-into-mental-health/10423104?fbclid=IwAR2pCwBPAI81rOwYZeaIE-t8qfrgQnF5tC8UqLhDBE1_CfYavLFcK6DfjUU
Less than twenty-four hours after Prince Harry officially opened the fourth Invictus Games, representatives from five nations sat down to work out how they could work together to tackle some of the biggest issues facing veterans and serving defence personnel. Invictus Games sparks collaborative approach to tackle mental health 22nd October 2018
Less than twenty-four hours after Prince Harry officially opened the fourth Invictus Games, representatives from five nations sat down to work out how they could work together to tackle some of the biggest issues facing veterans and serving defence personnel..
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/invictus-games-sparks-collaborative-approach-to-tackle-mental-health
YOUNG Australians experiencing mental health issues are expected to be able to get help more easily as a result of the federal government pledging to spend almost $52 million on support centres. Government boosts mental health funding by $52 million 15th October 2018
YOUNG Australians experiencing mental health issues are expected to be able to get help more easily as a result of the federal government pledging to spend almost $52 million on support centres..
Website: https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/government-boosts-mental-health-funding-by-52-million/news-story/bdffd2e70aecaf4792c89bf953ebce4e
Johnny Ruffo has opened up for the first time about his 10-year battle with depression. The former Home and Away star has spent the last year undergoing grueling cancer treatment after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2017. To this day, he has completed 12 rounds of chemotherapy, his last one being just last week. Needless to say, this has been both physically and mentally draining. Johnny Ruffo talks mental health ahead of brain cancer diagnosis 8th October 2018
Johnny Ruffo has opened up for the first time about his 10-year battle with depression. The former Home and Away star has spent the last year undergoing grueling cancer treatment after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2017. To this day, he has completed 12 rounds of chemotherapy, his last one being just last week. Needless to say, this has been both physically and mentally draining. .
Website: https://celebrity.nine.com.au/2018/10/08/09/35/johnny-ruffo-reveals-depression-battle
Shout out to all who voted for us in the 2018 Local Business Awards.
We are up for 3 nominations;

- Health Improvements Services (our entire staff)
- Business Person of the Year (our CEO)
- Outstanding Youth Employee (1 of our Support Workers)


Thanks again to all our online Facebook supporters, our staff and the overwhelming votes from local community. Newcastle Herald - Hunter Care Group Awards 8th October 2018
Shout out to all who voted for us in the 2018 Local Business Awards. We are up for 3 nominations; - Health Improvements Services (our entire staff) - Business Person of the Year (our CEO) - Outstanding Youth Employee (1 of our Support Workers) Thanks again to all our online Facebook supporters, our staff and the overwhelming votes from local community..
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison commits $100,000,000 (Million) supporting seniors who want to continue living independently in their own homes. $100 million dollar funding boost for Australian Seniors 2nd October 2018
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison commits $100,000,000 (Million) supporting seniors who want to continue living independently in their own homes..
Website: https://thewest.com.au/politics/scott-morrison/prime-minister-scott-morrison-pledges-100m-for-home-aged-care-ng-b88977690z
Research released by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners found that 62 per cent of people visiting a doctor are presenting with mental health problems GPs struggle in a system ill-equipped to deal with mental health 25th September 2018
Research released by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners found that 62 per cent of people visiting a doctor are presenting with mental health problems.
Website: https://www.smh.com.au/national/gps-struggle-in-a-system-ill-equipped-to-deal-with-mental-health-20180921-p5057s.html
Members of the Australian Defence Force need greater support as they work through the “profound psychological experience” of leaving the military, with one in five reporting suicidal thoughts in their post-defence lives. Not very good statistics at all 21st September 2018
Members of the Australian Defence Force need greater support as they work through the “profound psychological experience” of leaving the military, with one in five reporting suicidal thoughts in their post-defence lives..
Website: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/one-in-five-adf-personnel-feel-suicidal-upon-ending-service-20180827-p4zzzt.html
Military veterans will get an official promise for better care once they return from service if Labor wins the next election.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said he would sign Australia's first Labor promises agreement with war veterans 17th September 2018
Military veterans will get an official promise for better care once they return from service if Labor wins the next election. Labor leader Bill Shorten said he would sign Australia's first "military covenant", based on a United Kingdom agreement which provides an undertaking "that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.".
Website: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/09/05/00/07/labor-promises-agreement-with-war-veterans
Are you a NSW resident and hold one of the following?

Pensioner Concession Card
Health Care Card
Low Income Health Care Card
Veterans' Affairs Gold Card

40% off Fridges
50% off TV's NSW Appliance Replacement Offer 10th September 2018
Are you a NSW resident and hold one of the following? Pensioner Concession Card Health Care Card Low Income Health Care Card Veterans' Affairs Gold Card 40% off Fridges 50% off TV's.
Website: https://powertosave.nsw.gov.au/households/appliance-replacement-offer
An additional $6.3 million has been allocated as of yesterday.

Farmers receive further Mental Health support 5th September 2018
An additional $6.3 million has been allocated as of yesterday. .
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-02/more-mental-health-support-for-nsw-drought-stricken-farmers/10192724
Some of our great Support Workers standing out in August, well deserved and congratulations on going the extra mile always. 

Great job!

 - HCG Admin Staff Awards 30th August 2018
Some of our great Support Workers standing out in August, well deserved and congratulations on going the extra mile always. Great job! - HCG Admin.
Australian scientists have taken a Australian researchers develop new drug that puts cancer cells to 'sleep' in mice 27th August 2018
Australian scientists have taken a "major step forward" in the world of cancer research with the discovery of a new type of drug that can put cancer cells in animals into a permanent state of sleep..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-08-02/new-australian-drug-puts-cancers-to-sleep-in-mice/10064900
Thankyou everyone!

We are a finalist again this year for the 2018 Local Business Awards in the Health Improvement Services category. 

Thanks to our amazing staff and partners who have helped Hunter Care Group become one of the largest Mental Health and Disability support services in the Hunter. Hunter Care Group 2018 Local Business Awards Finalist 24th August 2018
Thankyou everyone! We are a finalist again this year for the 2018 Local Business Awards in the Health Improvement Services category. Thanks to our amazing staff and partners who have helped Hunter Care Group become one of the largest Mental Health and Disability support services in the Hunter..
Chanting “fund the gap or we’ll be back,” more than 200 health workers protested outside Victorian health minister Martin Foley’s office on August 16 to demand the Labor state government restore funding to community mental health services. Services have been severely affected by the state government’s decision to cut $75 million from mental health funding. Victoria "slashes" Mental Health funding by $75 million 20th August 2018
Chanting “fund the gap or we’ll be back,” more than 200 health workers protested outside Victorian health minister Martin Foley’s office on August 16 to demand the Labor state government restore funding to community mental health services. Services have been severely affected by the state government’s decision to cut $75 million from mental health funding..
Website: https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/victoria-staff-target-minister-over-mental-health-funding-cuts
Opening on August 18, the IV Lounge in Wickham is the brainchild of local businesswomen and colleagues Simone Le Mesurier, Grace Page and Angela Mackenzie. Common in the US and some of our capital cities, hydration bars offer vitamins and minerals via an IV drip. Newcastle's first hydration bar is set to open, with intravenous treatments such as the ‘Jet-lag jolt’ and ‘Hydrate Hangover’. 14th August 2018
Opening on August 18, the IV Lounge in Wickham is the brainchild of local businesswomen and colleagues Simone Le Mesurier, Grace Page and Angela Mackenzie. Common in the US and some of our capital cities, hydration bars offer vitamins and minerals via an IV drip..
Website: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5576570/iv-drip-therapy-bar-opening-in-newcastle-sit-down-and-drip-in/
COLES has donated $5,000,000 in grants and interest free loans to our farmers. 
COLES is also matching EVERY DOLLAR donated by its customers at the checkout this month to provide further support. COLES has donated $5,000,000 to struggling drought effected farmers 9th August 2018
COLES has donated $5,000,000 in grants and interest free loans to our farmers. COLES is also matching EVERY DOLLAR donated by its customers at the checkout this month to provide further support..
Website: http://www.mygc.com.au/drought-coles-to-match-customer-donations-dollar-for-dollar/
FARMERS will get $12,000 in cash payments to put food on their tables and pay power bills as part of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s response to the worst drought he said he has ever seen.

Drought-stricken farmers will get two lump-sum ­payments of up to $6000 in September and March, with highest payments going to families with children.

Instead of low-interest loans and cashback subsidies, the federal government is, for the first time, giving out lump-sum cash payments. $12,000 lump-sum payments for farming families 6th August 2018
FARMERS will get $12,000 in cash payments to put food on their tables and pay power bills as part of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s response to the worst drought he said he has ever seen. Drought-stricken farmers will get two lump-sum ­payments of up to $6000 in September and March, with highest payments going to families with children. Instead of low-interest loans and cashback subsidies, the federal government is, for the first time, giving out lump-sum cash payments..
Website: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/12000-lumpsum-payments-for-farming-families/news-story/e0ed30f75d4599a8fc04bfbe17c640ad
From today, employees on modern awards can take up to five days of unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence following a ruling by the Fair Work Commission earlier this year.

Under the new entitlement, family and domestic violence means Australian Worker are now entitled to 5 unpaid days per year for "Domestic Violence Leave" 2nd August 2018
From today, employees on modern awards can take up to five days of unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence following a ruling by the Fair Work Commission earlier this year. Under the new entitlement, family and domestic violence means "violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by an employee's family member that seeks to coerce or control the employee or causes them harm or fear"..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-01/employees-now-entitled-to-unpaid-domestic-violence-leave/10060366
The Commonwealth's most decorated servicemen and civilians have come together for the first time on Australian soil.

Victoria Cross recipients from Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and the United Kingdom normally only meet biennially with the Queen in London.

This year they attended the annual Digger Day event in Nowra on the New South Wales south coast, which raised funds for returned veterans and marked 100 years since the end of World War I. Victoria cross recipients hold historic meeting on Australian soil 30th July 2018
The Commonwealth's most decorated servicemen and civilians have come together for the first time on Australian soil. Victoria Cross recipients from Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and the United Kingdom normally only meet biennially with the Queen in London. This year they attended the annual Digger Day event in Nowra on the New South Wales south coast, which raised funds for returned veterans and marked 100 years since the end of World War I..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-30/victoria-cross-recipients-reunite-on-australian-soil/10049398
We are proud to announce that everyone at Hunter Care Group has chipped in and we have donated $1,000 this morning to the drought effected Aussie Farmers.

This is enough to buy the farmers 46,000 litres of water. Hunter Care Group - Donates to Aussie Farmers 27th July 2018
We are proud to announce that everyone at Hunter Care Group has chipped in and we have donated $1,000 this morning to the drought effected Aussie Farmers. This is enough to buy the farmers 46,000 litres of water..
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Huntercaregroup/
2018 Local Business Awards!

VOTE FOR US !

:) 2018 Local Business Awards 23rd July 2018
2018 Local Business Awards! VOTE FOR US ! :).
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Huntercaregroup/?hc_ref=ARTWhDa5dM2UQG0bVljYD73UZNo--OrLFWt5MXmBeh_X0A2M21VXvcNjjfAtlTdtPBY&fref=nf
Katy Perry has revealed she spent time in a mental health retreat following the failure of her last album, saying she suffered from Katy Perry reveals mental health struggle following flop album 20th July 2018
Katy Perry has revealed she spent time in a mental health retreat following the failure of her last album, saying she suffered from "situational depression". "I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn't react in the way I had expected to... which broke my heart," she told Vogue, ahead of her Australian tour this month..
Website: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/situational-depression-katy-perry-reveals-mental-health-struggle-following-flop-album-20180719-p4zsc6.html
Parents and teachers have similar concerns about cyberbullying and safety, as well as technology distracting from schoolwork. But do the benefits of having phones in classrooms (such as contact with parents, access to mental health text lines, and learning opportunities) outweigh the risks? Smartphone ban in schools: good or bad idea? 16th July 2018
Parents and teachers have similar concerns about cyberbullying and safety, as well as technology distracting from schoolwork. But do the benefits of having phones in classrooms (such as contact with parents, access to mental health text lines, and learning opportunities) outweigh the risks?.
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-28/smartphone-ban-in-schools-good-or-bad-idea/9918934
Australian Doctor (Dr Harris) was meant to be on holiday but instead found himself putting his own life at risk to venture into Thailand's Thai cave rescue - Australian Doctor and Diver helps Children 11th July 2018
Australian Doctor (Dr Harris) was meant to be on holiday but instead found himself putting his own life at risk to venture into Thailand's "Chiang Rai Cave". He responded to the call for help from Thai authorities when he was named specifically by the British diving team leading the mission as the best person for the job, with his medical skills and 30 years' diving experience. After helping get these children out of the cave, Dr Harris found out his Father had passed away 24 hours later..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/australians-involved-with-thai-cave-rescue-dr-richard-harris/9978700
NSW Budget:
$700 million allocated to build new specialist mental health units for children, teens and mothers with babies, as well as upgrades to other facilities across the state.

2018-2019 NSW Budget 9th July 2018
NSW Budget: $700 million allocated to build new specialist mental health units for children, teens and mothers with babies, as well as upgrades to other facilities across the state. "The biggest single investment in mental health infrastructure in Australia's history"..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-15/nsw-budget-bonanza-for-paramedics-and-mental-health-projects/9873420
Nearly 200 Brisbane troops have paraded in front of their family and friends, before heading to the war zone in Afghanistan. Brisbane Troops Set To Depart For Afghanistan 6th July 2018
Nearly 200 Brisbane troops have paraded in front of their family and friends, before heading to the war zone in Afghanistan..
Website: https://tenplay.com.au/news/brisbane/2018/7/4/brisbane-troops-set-to-depart-for-afghanistan
Some great staff awards for our Support Workers who have stood out this month. Always going above and beyond and is something we strive for!

Great job! Staff Awards - Outstanding Support Workers 6th July 2018
Some great staff awards for our Support Workers who have stood out this month. Always going above and beyond and is something we strive for! Great job!.
Health Minister Greg Hunt on Saturday announced $160 million for a new national psychosocial measure for people with severe mental illness following an agreement between the federal and state and territory governments. Hunt announces $160m for mental health 25th June 2018
Health Minister Greg Hunt on Saturday announced $160 million for a new national psychosocial measure for people with severe mental illness following an agreement between the federal and state and territory governments. "It will help people for whom the NDIS was not designed, but who will benefit from specialised but less intense psychosocial services, such as individual and group assistance and rehabilitation, ensuring these people don't miss out on crucial support,".
Website: https://www.9news.com.au/health/2018/06/23/13/00/hunt-announces-160m-for-mental-health
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Many parents will have thought it for a long time, but they now have a new argument to limit their children’s ‘screen time’ — addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organisation as a mental health disorder.

The WHO’s latest reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour” that becomes so extensive that it “takes precedence over other life interests”. World Health Organisation 21st June 2018
7 Many parents will have thought it for a long time, but they now have a new argument to limit their children’s ‘screen time’ — addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organisation as a mental health disorder. The WHO’s latest reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour” that becomes so extensive that it “takes precedence over other life interests”..
Website: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/health-wellbeing/gaming-addiction-a-mental-disorder-who/news-story/846f3e45beda72ade99a9a7bca111d54
Leukemia takes around 1,800 lives per year. 
The Greatest Shave is a truly great event that allows the chance for members of our community to shave their heads raising awareness, and much needed funds.

A young Newcastle girl had a $1,000 goal to shave her head and raise money.
We have donated $716 to bring her to reach this goal!!

Leukemia takes around 1,800 lives per year 19th June 2018
Leukemia takes around 1,800 lives per year. The Greatest Shave is a truly great event that allows the chance for members of our community to shave their heads raising awareness, and much needed funds. A young Newcastle girl had a $1,000 goal to shave her head and raise money. We have donated $716 to bring her to reach this goal!! "Together we can all make a noticeable difference".
Hunter Care Group attended a networking Event in Cessnock this week. Mental Health and Disability Services through the Hunter were in attendance. Cessnock Networking Event 15th June 2018
Hunter Care Group attended a networking Event in Cessnock this week. Mental Health and Disability Services through the Hunter were in attendance..
Man’s best friend is proving good medicine for the teenagers at Shellharbour Hospital’s adolescent mental health unit.

A pet therapy program has been in place for 12 months now, and young patients are reporting that the weekly visit is giving them a lift.

Occupational therapist Rachael Wade said the program was run in conjunction with PAWS Pet Therapy, a not-for-profit organisation that trains volunteers and dogs to provide specialist therapy. Pet therapy boosts Shellharbour mental health patients' well-being 15th June 2018
Man’s best friend is proving good medicine for the teenagers at Shellharbour Hospital’s adolescent mental health unit. A pet therapy program has been in place for 12 months now, and young patients are reporting that the weekly visit is giving them a lift. Occupational therapist Rachael Wade said the program was run in conjunction with PAWS Pet Therapy, a not-for-profit organisation that trains volunteers and dogs to provide specialist therapy..
Website: https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/5453771/dogs-good-therapy-for-teens-at-shellharbour-mental-health-unit/
If you believe God is in control of all things, experiencing anxiety and depression can be a shock to the system. This week, James Carleton speaks to an Anglican minister and a Muslim slam poet – both of whom navigated these choppy waters firsthand. Does good spiritual health equal good mental health? 8th June 2018
If you believe God is in control of all things, experiencing anxiety and depression can be a shock to the system. This week, James Carleton speaks to an Anglican minister and a Muslim slam poet – both of whom navigated these choppy waters firsthand..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/godforbid/does-good-spiritual-health-equal-good-mental-health/9845798
In his first post-Ye sit-down interview to be released, Kanye West spoke with radio host Big Boy about how he scrapped what he was working on to make a completely new album and why he decided to call that album Ye. He also discussed his mental health. Kanye West Opens Up About Being Diagnosed With a 'Mental Condition' 4th June 2018
In his first post-Ye sit-down interview to be released, Kanye West spoke with radio host Big Boy about how he scrapped what he was working on to make a completely new album and why he decided to call that album Ye. He also discussed his mental health..
Website: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8459006/kanye-west-mental-health-ye-album-interview
In Australia, it’s estimated that 560,000 young people are at risk of developing depression. If our children or teenagers become unwell during their adolescent years, the most common reasons are for mental illnesses like anxiety or depression. That’s one in six teens who will develop mental illness during adolescence, a critical period for intervening and preventing the onset of poor mental health. Launch of Australia’s first integrated research initiative into mental illness prevention 31st May 2018
In Australia, it’s estimated that 560,000 young people are at risk of developing depression. If our children or teenagers become unwell during their adolescent years, the most common reasons are for mental illnesses like anxiety or depression. That’s one in six teens who will develop mental illness during adolescence, a critical period for intervening and preventing the onset of poor mental health..
Website: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5437737/mental-illness-prevention-is-a-message-for-everyone/
The NSW government has agreed its annual funding contribution to the NDIS, which exceeds $3 billion in 2018-19, will be escalated by four per cent a year to keep pace with population and price increases.

The Commonwealth will pay the balance of NDIS costs in NSW, under an agreement to take effect from July 1.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the deal would ensure people with disability had greater choice and control over their lives. NSW disability funding deal shows love: PM 28th May 2018
The NSW government has agreed its annual funding contribution to the NDIS, which exceeds $3 billion in 2018-19, will be escalated by four per cent a year to keep pace with population and price increases. The Commonwealth will pay the balance of NDIS costs in NSW, under an agreement to take effect from July 1. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the deal would ensure people with disability had greater choice and control over their lives..
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/nsw-disability-funding-deal-shows-love-pm
Some studies indicate better nutritional profiles in organic foods than in conventional foods, but the differences are mostly small and may not be of practical relevance in well-nourished populations. Few studies have investigated the possible health benefits of organic food consumption in humans. While providing some indications, the available evidence is limited and therefore insufficient to conclude whether organic food is healthier. Organic foods have less pesticide residue—but that doesn't necessarily mean they're healthier 23rd May 2018
Some studies indicate better nutritional profiles in organic foods than in conventional foods, but the differences are mostly small and may not be of practical relevance in well-nourished populations. Few studies have investigated the possible health benefits of organic food consumption in humans. While providing some indications, the available evidence is limited and therefore insufficient to conclude whether organic food is healthier..
Website: https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2018/04/30/organic-foods-have-less-pesticide-residue-but-that-doesnt-necessarily-mean-theyre-healthier/
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll visited the factory last week to announce a cash injection under the state government’s Boost Your Business program. Disability employment enterprise to expand with state government funding 21st May 2018
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll visited the factory last week to announce a cash injection under the state government’s Boost Your Business program..
Website: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/disability-employment-enterprise-to-expand-with-state-government-funding/news-story/7f3a33a2723b11f9f0f41fcbebf8fd0c
Psychological distress is significantly more prevalent in the remote mining and construction workforce than in the general community, new research has found. Mental health distress more prevalent among FIFO workers than general community 15th May 2018
Psychological distress is significantly more prevalent in the remote mining and construction workforce than in the general community, new research has found..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-14/fifo-workers-suffer-more-mental-health-distress/9759232
A dramatic increase in the number of children going to the emergency department in mental health crises is evidence Mental health crises 8th May 2018
A dramatic increase in the number of children going to the emergency department in mental health crises is evidence "the system is failing", according to a group of leading adolescent and mental health experts..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-05-07/youth-mental-health-emergency-departments/9728918
Now, a big international study has the numbers to show it can actually prevent depression from developing in the first place.
The international team included researchers from The Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University's NICM Health Research Institute.

They took data from 49 studies across the world, involving 266,939 people.

Exercise can prevent depression, study finds 3rd May 2018
Now, a big international study has the numbers to show it can actually prevent depression from developing in the first place. The international team included researchers from The Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University's NICM Health Research Institute. They took data from 49 studies across the world, involving 266,939 people. "People who were sufficiently physically active were at 15 per cent reduced risk of developing depression," Dr Firth said..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-01/exercise-can-prevent-depression-study-finds/9716886
A new technology supporting emergency CPR is been trialed overseas. New CPR Technique 30th April 2018
A new technology supporting emergency CPR is been trialed overseas. .
Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHAyTIpJC3Q&t=5s
It is great seeing a young man use his disability as an advantage in the workplace.

Nice work Tim, keep at it!

#autism #ABCTV Tim has such extreme social anxiety and sensitivities associated with his autism, he cannot leave the house alone. 26th April 2018
It is great seeing a young man use his disability as an advantage in the workplace. Nice work Tim, keep at it! #autism #ABCTV.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ABCTV/videos/10160069585825543/
Two ground-breaking flu vaccines are now available for free to Australians aged 65 and over.

Health authorities introduced the 'super vaccines' targeted at this age group in response to last year's deadly flu season.

Of the 1100 influenza-associated deaths recorded in 2017, 90 per cent were in the elderly.

With winter less than two months away, the federal government on Wednesday encouraged older Australians to take advantage of the enhanced vaccines. Super flu vaccines for over-65s now available in Australia 19th April 2018
Two ground-breaking flu vaccines are now available for free to Australians aged 65 and over. Health authorities introduced the 'super vaccines' targeted at this age group in response to last year's deadly flu season. Of the 1100 influenza-associated deaths recorded in 2017, 90 per cent were in the elderly. With winter less than two months away, the federal government on Wednesday encouraged older Australians to take advantage of the enhanced vaccines..
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/super-flu-vaccines-for-over-65s-now-available-in-australia
NSW Health is urging people who have bought imported frozen pomegranate from Coles not to eat it, after it was linked to cases of hepatitis A. Hepatitis A cases in NSW linked to frozen fruit 17th April 2018
NSW Health is urging people who have bought imported frozen pomegranate from Coles not to eat it, after it was linked to cases of hepatitis A..
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/hepatitis-a-cases-in-nsw-linked-to-frozen-fruit
Drug users will be allowed to consume ice under medical supervision at Melbourne's new safe injecting room, despite previous state government assurances that it would be banned from the centre. Ice will be allowed in Melbourne safe injecting room 12th April 2018
Drug users will be allowed to consume ice under medical supervision at Melbourne's new safe injecting room, despite previous state government assurances that it would be banned from the centre..
Website: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/ice-will-be-allowed-in-melbourne-safe-injecting-room-20180410-p4z8th.html
The premier says the NSW government will give up to $26m to advocacy services until 2020. NDIS: Gladys Berejiklian U-turns on plan to cut funding to disability groups 6th April 2018
The premier says the NSW government will give up to $26m to advocacy services until 2020..
Website: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/06/ndis-gladys-berejiklian-backflips-on-plan-to-cut-funding-to-disability-groups
The 45-year-old wrestler-turned-actor opened up about his history of depression this week, saying that he's battled his mental health for decades. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson discusses his battle with depression 3rd April 2018
The 45-year-old wrestler-turned-actor opened up about his history of depression this week, saying that he's battled his mental health for decades. .
Website: https://www.cbssports.com/wwe/news/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-discusses-his-battle-with-depression-mental-health-issues/
The Turnbull government will provide an extra $84m to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to expand essential health services by providing mental health nurses for remote and rural areas. Royal flying doctors funded to provide mental health outreach for first time 29th March 2018
The Turnbull government will provide an extra $84m to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to expand essential health services by providing mental health nurses for remote and rural areas..
Website: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/29/royal-flying-doctors-funded-to-provide-mental-health-outreach-for-first-time
Two young tradesmen turned fashion designers say their wild work shirts are already getting Tradies raising awareness for Mental Health 26th March 2018
Two young tradesmen turned fashion designers say their wild work shirts are already getting "ocker Aussie blokes" to open up about their mental health..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-20/tradies-don-wild-work-wear-to-get-blokes-talking-mental-health/9566716
Veterans will soon have a new payment to help them cope with mental health issues while they’re waiting for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to assess their claims. Veterans to get new payment while department assesses claims 23rd March 2018
Veterans will soon have a new payment to help them cope with mental health issues while they’re waiting for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to assess their claims..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/veterans-to-get-new-payment-while-claim-assessed/9576510
The number of people who are homeless in NSW has soared by more than one-third, with newly released census data showing people living in “severely” overcrowded dwellings are the greatest contributor to this increase.
NSW recorded the most severe jump in homelessness of any state or territory between the 2016 and 2011 censuses. In 2011 the number of homeless people in NSW was 28,191 but reached 37,715 last census night, the statistics bureau found. Homelessness in NSW jumps by more than 30% 22nd March 2018
The number of people who are homeless in NSW has soared by more than one-third, with newly released census data showing people living in “severely” overcrowded dwellings are the greatest contributor to this increase. NSW recorded the most severe jump in homelessness of any state or territory between the 2016 and 2011 censuses. In 2011 the number of homeless people in NSW was 28,191 but reached 37,715 last census night, the statistics bureau found..
Website: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/homelessness-in-nsw-jumps-by-more-than-30-per-cent-20180314-p4z4ds.html
The NSW Government is committed to the Return and Earn scheme and further reverse vending machines and other collection months will be developed across the Hunter in the coming months Return and Earn 19th March 2018
The NSW Government is committed to the Return and Earn scheme and further reverse vending machines and other collection months will be developed across the Hunter in the coming months.
Website: https://www.newcastlestar.com.au/story/5286720/belmont-north-to-receive-return-and-earn-machine/
Our Support Workers can help you reach your goals!
You will have the same support worker, same day, same time - every week!
Are you an NDIS Participant? 13th March 2018
Our Support Workers can help you reach your goals! You will have the same support worker, same day, same time - every week! .
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Huntercaregroup
DISABILITY groups and Labor MPs will address a disability advocacy rally in Newcastle on Friday, part of a pitch to stop the state government cutting advocacy funding as part of the transition to the NDIS. Newcastle disability advocacy rally on Friday Morning 9th March 2018
DISABILITY groups and Labor MPs will address a disability advocacy rally in Newcastle on Friday, part of a pitch to stop the state government cutting advocacy funding as part of the transition to the NDIS..
Website: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/5273286/newcastle-disability-advocacy-rally/
Hunter Care Group has been nominated as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Business Awards in 3 categories,
Health Improvement Service of the year 2018,
Business Growth Award 2018,
Jarrod Burns (our CEO) - Entrepreneur Champions Award 2018,
Hunter Care Group - 2018 Australian Business Awards 6th March 2018
Hunter Care Group has been nominated as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Business Awards in 3 categories, Health Improvement Service of the year 2018, Business Growth Award 2018, Jarrod Burns (our CEO) - Entrepreneur Champions Award 2018, .
Veteran jobless rate hits 30 per cent. Veteran Unemployment Rate 5th March 2018
Veteran jobless rate hits 30 per cent..
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/veteran-jobless-rate-hits-30-per-cent
We all know one or a few people who love taking a lot of selfies. A majority of people we know probably take a few. It is likely that everyone can think of one or two people who probably push this trend a bit too far. Is this an issue of vanity? Or is there actually more to it than that? Taking Too Many Selfies? 28th February 2018
We all know one or a few people who love taking a lot of selfies. A majority of people we know probably take a few. It is likely that everyone can think of one or two people who probably push this trend a bit too far. Is this an issue of vanity? Or is there actually more to it than that?.
Website: http://www.trillmag.com/27252/photo/taking-many-selfies-now-considered-psychological-problem/
Hunter Care Group were in Taree today at a large networking event, raising more raising awareness for Mental Health.
HCG will support Taree to the best of our ability in the Mental Health sector providing stable, reliable and consistent supports for NDIS participants. Hunter Care Group - Expansion 23rd February 2018
Hunter Care Group were in Taree today at a large networking event, raising more raising awareness for Mental Health. HCG will support Taree to the best of our ability in the Mental Health sector providing stable, reliable and consistent supports for NDIS participants..
Hunter Care Group is expanding to Port Macquarie!

HCG were in Port Macquarie today, meeting with different organisations to see what services are available, and what else needed in their community. We intend to keep chipping away at raising awareness for Mental Health, providing consistent and reliable supports to NDIS participants. Hunter Care Group - Expansion 22nd February 2018
Hunter Care Group is expanding to Port Macquarie! HCG were in Port Macquarie today, meeting with different organisations to see what services are available, and what else needed in their community. We intend to keep chipping away at raising awareness for Mental Health, providing consistent and reliable supports to NDIS participants..
Please see our careers section for new opportunities in our growing organisation. New Careers 21st February 2018
Please see our careers section for new opportunities in our growing organisation..
Website: https://www.huntercaregroup.org/careers
Great to hear a good news story from one of our participants. Good News Story 20th February 2018
Great to hear a good news story from one of our participants..
Website: https://www.facebook.com/1one1community/posts/941042959386337
New bill designed to bring better services to veterans and families New Defence Force funding for out veterans 16th February 2018
New bill designed to bring better services to veterans and families.
Website: https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/key-enablers/1910-new-bill-designed-to-bring-better-services-to-veterans-and-families
The new Pop-Up prison open in the NSW Hunter 12th February 2018
The new "pop-up" prison in the Hunter. A video is attached to this link where you can have a sticky-beak inside..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-31/rapid-build-prison-opens-at-cessnock-nsw/9377740
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham yesterday called on schools to ban smartphone use. Calls for smartphone ban in school classrooms 5th February 2018
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham yesterday called on schools to ban smartphone use..
Website: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/calls-for-smartphone-ban-in-school-classrooms/news-story/dfe8ece50f4c34241fcd62213dce473f
A new position has been created! New Careers 1st February 2018
A new position has been created!.
Website: https://www.seek.com.au/job/35409431?_ga=2.153180536.1153013776.1517448299-1523914844.1515638722&_gac=1.91449832.1517448299.CjwKCAiA78XTBRBiEiwAGv7EKkWG4z82wVXZT_bgrLpG09tifZhjs7WPp7PFKvsEl0f8-XdraVf-ehoCXWUQAvD_BwE
The world’s first accurate blood test for Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by a team of scientists from Australia and Japan. It can predict the disease 20 years before symptoms start. New blood test detects Alzheimer’s 1st February 2018
The world’s first accurate blood test for Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by a team of scientists from Australia and Japan. It can predict the disease 20 years before symptoms start..
Website: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/new-blood-test-detects-alzheimers-up-to-20-years-in-advance/news-story/8728315caa1841da1f56321bf0a8eb24
In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Smartphones are damaging this generation's mental health 29th January 2018
In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys..
Website: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/28/mental-health-act-reform-proposals
A new study has found dog ownership can enhance well-being, providing routine, purpose and companionship. How pets can boost mental health 19th January 2018
A new study has found dog ownership can enhance well-being, providing routine, purpose and companionship..
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/health/article/2018/01/19/how-pets-can-boost-mental-health
Funding withdrawn from those in psychosocial program on mistaken assumption they will be eligible for national disability insurance scheme Almost 75% of people on mental health program left without NDIS support 17th January 2018
Funding withdrawn from those in psychosocial program on mistaken assumption they will be eligible for national disability insurance scheme.
Website: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/17/almost-75-of-people-on-mental-health-programs-left-without-ndis-support
SUICIDE  rates in the Far North have jumped by a ­staggering 20 per cent within a year. Police roll out extra mental health training 11th January 2018
SUICIDE rates in the Far North have jumped by a ­staggering 20 per cent within a year..
Website: http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/police-roll-out-extra-mental-health-training-as-suicide-rate-in-fnq-rises/news-story/8707b133314c8f21526c7e09f68ecc49
News Corp Australia reports that the Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million funding boost aimed at fighting youth anxiety and depression. Government Ready to Announce 8th January 2018
News Corp Australia reports that the Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million funding boost aimed at fighting youth anxiety and depression..
Website: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/government-reportedly-set-to-announce-110m-mental-health-boost
The NSW Government will provide a $100 voucher to parents/guardians of school enrolled children. Commencing 31 January 2018 5th January 2018
The NSW Government will provide a $100 voucher to parents/guardians of school enrolled children. .
Website: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids
FROM January 1, there are a raft of changes coming to welfare, health, education, housing, gay marriage and many other living expenses.

This is what’s coming and how it will affect you and your family across Australia. New laws and changes that will affect Australia from January 1, 2018 2nd January 2018
FROM January 1, there are a raft of changes coming to welfare, health, education, housing, gay marriage and many other living expenses. This is what’s coming and how it will affect you and your family across Australia..
Website: Click for more information
2017
Hi everyone!!

Merry Christmas to you all!

On behalf of all our staff, have a wonderful time over this period, and remember to help with the dishes ;)

If you are lucky enough to catch a break, put your feet up and relax :)

- Admin
Hunter Care Group Merry Christmas! 24th December 2017
Hi everyone!! Merry Christmas to you all! On behalf of all our staff, have a wonderful time over this period, and remember to help with the dishes ;) If you are lucky enough to catch a break, put your feet up and relax :) - Admin Hunter Care Group.
We have a newly created position available within our growing company! New Careers 24th December 2017
We have a newly created position available within our growing company! .
Website: See application
We have a newly created positions for our expanding Central Coast teams! New Careers - Central Coast 24th December 2017
We have a newly created positions for our expanding Central Coast teams!.
Website: https://www.seek.com.au/job/35136918?_ga=2.164109695.1558449512.1514068946-1210811721.1498711081&_gac=1.127518463.1513639819.CjwKCAiA693RBRAwEiwALCc3u90w7nJYHOlF38TrWL2uoJJpHC6WMuOLut_pyZSXGbwOVI1LYQSrqxoCQsUQAvD_BwE
A LACK of emotional resilience among students is contributing to a mental health catastrophe at Australian universities, according to a study by Headspace. A crisis of resilience at Australian universities 15th December 2017
A LACK of emotional resilience among students is contributing to a mental health catastrophe at Australian universities, according to a study by Headspace..
Website: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/a-crisis-of-resilience-at-australian-universities/news-story/1f32429892c24d6c9804f48565e3ef47
A national survey of more than 24,000 people in the 15-19 age range, conducted by Mission Australia, shows that anxiety, depression and body image are among the most prominent issues on the minds of young Aussies. Young people highlight mental health as a major concern 12th December 2017
A national survey of more than 24,000 people in the 15-19 age range, conducted by Mission Australia, shows that anxiety, depression and body image are among the most prominent issues on the minds of young Aussies..
Website: https://www.pharmacynews.com.au/young-people-highlight-mental-health-major-concern
These nutrient deficiencies are linked to mental ill health Whats everyone's take on this topic? 6th December 2017
These nutrient deficiencies are linked to mental ill health.
Website: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/nutrition/these-nutrient-deficiencies-are-linked-to-mental-ill-health-20171204-gzy9hk.html
We have a new position available within our growing company! New Careers 4th December 2017
We have a new position available within our growing company!.
Website: https://www.seek.com.au/job/34994445?type=standout&userqueryid=69345fba0c2cf9abb76f20e2f5b17d47-9655184
At Newcastle Senior School, educational pathways are created for students with intellectual disability and complex, multiple disabilities which significantly limit access to regular school curriculum Newcastle Senior School - Going above and beyond 29th November 2017
At Newcastle Senior School, educational pathways are created for students with intellectual disability and complex, multiple disabilities which significantly limit access to regular school curriculum.
Website: http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/new-chances-for-success-abound-20171125-gzsyc0.html
Doubleview resident Jared Stone has been recognised for making a difference by sharing his experience with mental health. Doubleview resident recognised for effort highlighting mental health 20th November 2017
Doubleview resident Jared Stone has been recognised for making a difference by sharing his experience with mental health..
Website: https://communitynews.com.au/stirling-times/news/doubleview-resident-recognised-for-effort-highlighting-mental-health/
Awareness week about anxiety and depression during pregnancy and parenthood. A Great information source. Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week 16th November 2017
Awareness week about anxiety and depression during pregnancy and parenthood. A Great information source..
Website: https://www.panda.org.au/awareness/pnda-awareness-week
Twenty years ago Matthew Ball was trapped in an abyss of mental illness — now he's Australia's best mental health nurse. Mental health patient becomes Australia's best mental health nurse 15th November 2017
Twenty years ago Matthew Ball was trapped in an abyss of mental illness — now he's Australia's best mental health nurse..
Website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-27/mental-health-patient-now-australias-best-mental-health-nurse/9091984