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Some 55% of consumers who use the devices believe they have gone beyond improving their fitness and also benefited their mental health, with the figure rising to 61% of 16 to 34-year-olds, the study by analysts Mintel indicates.

Meanwhile, 72% of wearable fitness tracker users say their device has helped improve their physical health and 71% say they exercise more often since buying their gadget. Studies show 55% of people report improved mental health - 16th November 2018
Some 55% of consumers who use the devices believe they have gone beyond improving their fitness and also benefited their mental health, with the figure rising to 61% of 16 to 34-year-olds, the study by analysts Mintel indicates. Meanwhile, 72% of wearable fitness tracker users say their device has helped improve their physical health and 71% say they exercise more often since buying their gadget.
Website: https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/national/17227548.55-of-users-say-wearable-tech-improves-their-mental-health/
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 "allocated funds" for our disabled men, women and children isn't the answer. 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
"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. 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.


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