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Mr Williams announced the following day that the NSW and federal governments would commit a total of at least $40.1 million in 2019-20 to keep the program afloat until the National Disability Insurance Scheme is better equipped to replicate its services. NSW election 2019: NDIA confirms funding locked in for Ability Links program - 19th March 2019
Mr Williams announced the following day that the NSW and federal governments would commit a total of at least $40.1 million in 2019-20 to keep the program afloat until the National Disability Insurance Scheme is better equipped to replicate its services.
Website: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5959348/ndia-says-funding-locked-in-for-ability-links-program/?cs=14058&fbclid=IwAR1y4oIAxROtZpj0BhG2PtqGwOx8x3lItDpz5Te5U8J40rKGyXnuoe58Nng
One in three veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems failed to connect with a counsellor when calling an after-hours helpline, previously hidden government figures have shown.
Figures released under of Freedom of Information showed the counselling run by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) had an average call "abandonment rate" of more than 35 per cent in 2016-17, up almost 10 per cent on two years earlier. Veteran crisis help calls went unanswered as access to counsellors failed to meet demand - 15th March 2019
One in three veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems failed to connect with a counsellor when calling an after-hours helpline, previously hidden government figures have shown. Figures released under of Freedom of Information showed the counselling run by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) had an average call "abandonment rate" of more than 35 per cent in 2016-17, up almost 10 per cent on two years earlier.
Website: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-15/long-wait-times-hit-after-hours-veterans-counselling-service/10899462
Tanner spent two years of savings from his job, working part-time at a local car mechanic shop to buy Brandon an electric wheelchair.
Tanner presented the new wheelchair to Brandon in front of his classmates, which was a complete surprise for Brandon. A teen saves for 2 years to buy his friend an electric wheelchair - 7th March 2019
Tanner spent two years of savings from his job, working part-time at a local car mechanic shop to buy Brandon an electric wheelchair. Tanner presented the new wheelchair to Brandon in front of his classmates, which was a complete surprise for Brandon.
Website: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/us/teen-gives-friend-electric-wheelchair-trnd/index.html
Minister Brad Hazzard has asked the health department's infrastructure arm to "accelerate" plans for a “major, major redevelopment” of John Hunter Hospital.

The minister spoke at a Hunter Business Chamber lunch in Merewether on Friday and said the government was planning to spend $8 billion building or upgrading hospitals around the state in the next four years. 'Big bucket of money': Health Minister says major redevelopment of Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital on its way - 4th March 2019
Minister Brad Hazzard has asked the health department's infrastructure arm to "accelerate" plans for a “major, major redevelopment” of John Hunter Hospital. The minister spoke at a Hunter Business Chamber lunch in Merewether on Friday and said the government was planning to spend $8 billion building or upgrading hospitals around the state in the next four years.
Website: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5919016/major-upgrade-of-john-hunter-hospital-accelerated-health-minister/
“Average wait times across all of the Department of Human Services’ phone lines reduced by 45 seconds during 2018 to 15 minutes and 15 seconds, which is below the target time of 16 minutes. The number of calls transferred to another operator also reduced by 28 per cent during the year.” Centrelink call centre stats show dramatic improvement - 25th February 2019
“Average wait times across all of the Department of Human Services’ phone lines reduced by 45 seconds during 2018 to 15 minutes and 15 seconds, which is below the target time of 16 minutes. The number of calls transferred to another operator also reduced by 28 per cent during the year.”
Website: https://www.themandarin.com.au/103917-centrelink-call-centre-stats-show-dramatic-improvement-cpsu-calls-it-a-con-job/
A new review of mental health services in Australia has recommended the expansion of 'Better Access,' which currently allows people to access up to 10 sessions with an allied mental health worker.

Under the proposed changes, people could access 'preventive' mental health sessions without the need for a diagnosis, and tiered access would grant more than 10 sessions for those with complex problems. Critics lash proposed mental health changes - 22nd February 2019
A new review of mental health services in Australia has recommended the expansion of 'Better Access,' which currently allows people to access up to 10 sessions with an allied mental health worker. Under the proposed changes, people could access 'preventive' mental health sessions without the need for a diagnosis, and tiered access would grant more than 10 sessions for those with complex problems.
Website: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/mental-health-services-proposed-changes/10820896?fbclid=IwAR0yQFyVDkaDlFtSEJ6Ml7MM2kjo3wfe1LZ6GJj_s5NdMJn4ig25HdeScmc
2019 Australian Business Awards Finalists!
We would like to thank the community who has supported Hunter Care Group over the past number of years. 
Our incredible staff are the reason for these nominations for the 2nd time!

Everyone we interact with, our stakeholders, people we support, staff and friends, we appreciate you dearly.
Thank you again for everything 2019 Australian Business Awards - 18th February 2019
2019 Australian Business Awards Finalists! We would like to thank the community who has supported Hunter Care Group over the past number of years. Our incredible staff are the reason for these nominations for the 2nd time! Everyone we interact with, our stakeholders, people we support, staff and friends, we appreciate you dearly. Thank you again for everything
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Huntercaregroup
Mopping up north Queensland has begun, and flood-ravaged communities have been warned of heartache to come during their journey to recovery.

In Townsville, residents are heaving flood-damaged belongings from mud-filled homes, although several suburbs still remain underwater. How to help farmers in flood-ravaged Queensland - 14th February 2019
Mopping up north Queensland has begun, and flood-ravaged communities have been warned of heartache to come during their journey to recovery. In Townsville, residents are heaving flood-damaged belongings from mud-filled homes, although several suburbs still remain underwater.
Website: https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/how-to-help-farmers-in-floodravaged-queensland/news-story/ada7ea55af4efef3194bb725b5231864?fbclid=IwAR1OwqQ8P4_8Az16szce40d8lMYy9kU7jJMG4Qqq507_Ng9Fxb97kjip4rY
The government has pledged an additional $662million in aged care funding just one day before the Royal Commission Into Aged Care hears its first witness.

While $282.4million will go towards 10,000 new home care packages, another $320million will be offered to aged care providers to help boost subsidies. Federal Government commits to 'significant' $662 million aged care funding boost - 11th February 2019
The government has pledged an additional $662million in aged care funding just one day before the Royal Commission Into Aged Care hears its first witness. While $282.4million will go towards 10,000 new home care packages, another $320million will be offered to aged care providers to help boost subsidies.
Website: https://startsat60.com/discover/news/politics/government-662-million-aged-care-funding-boost-royal-commission
Stem cell research may be controversial but it’s showing incredible promise in treating a number of long-incurable diseases. The latest target for scientists working with stem cells is type 1 diabetes and a new study reveals that it’s possible to convert stem cells into cells capable of producing insulin, potentially opening the door to a cure.
Scientists may have found a cure for type 1 diabetes - 7th February 2019
Stem cell research may be controversial but it’s showing incredible promise in treating a number of long-incurable diseases. The latest target for scientists working with stem cells is type 1 diabetes and a new study reveals that it’s possible to convert stem cells into cells capable of producing insulin, potentially opening the door to a cure.
Website: https://nypost.com/2019/02/05/scientists-may-have-found-a-cure-for-type-1-diabetes/


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