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How nursing home industry saves half a billion dollars a year on staff

The trial of an on-call medical service for 24 nursing homes in Brisbane has prevented more than 600 unnecessary trips to the hospital emergency department and up to 500 unnecessary hospitalisations over a 12-month period.

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CPSA calls for an Internet Supplement

Services like Centrelink and Medicare have achieved huge cost savings by moving online. However, accessing services online comes at a cost to pensioners and other low income households. The creation of an Internet Supplement would help pensioners keep up in a digital world.

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Unanswered: 22 Million Centrelink Calls Per Year

Fifty five million calls to Centrelink call centres went unanswered during 2016-2017.

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Labor to reinstate energy supplement if scrapped

Federal Labor has made a pre-election promise to reinstate the Energy Supplement if the Australian Parliament votes to scrap it.

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Bus trips under threat?

A 55-year old CPSA member on the Disability Support Pension was used to going on bus trips organised by her CPSA branch. The bus trips were organised through a local community transport provider. The community transport provider told this member that it was unable to carry passengers younger than 65 under the terms of their contract with Transport for NSW.

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Decision on paper bills

The Australian Treasury's inquiry into fees for paper bills took submissions until December last year.

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