National Recycling Week Campaign Day 2 tip: Reuse - make a habit of using reusable bags instead of plastic bags.
• Make sure you remember your reusable bags by keeping them somewhere convenient, like your car, workplace or handbag.
• Why not leave your reusable bags in your car and use them when you go shopping. You could help reduce the millions of plastic bags used by Australians every day.
• Ask yourself “do I really need this plastic bag?” Why not refuse and use a reusable bag helping to keep plastic out of our oceans. Up to eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year.
• By using reusable bags you’re helping the environment. Plastic bags are linked to a range of environmental impacts and are a life-threatening risk for wildlife, and marine creatures.
• Consider using alternatives to plastic bags like cardboard boxes from your local supermarket to carry your shopping home.
The number of Australian children who are fully immunised continues to increase to record levels with new data showing more parents are getting the message to protect their children with life-saving vaccines.
Headspace Day is a national day of support for the mental health and well-being of all young Australians.
On headspace day we want to encourage all young Australians to learn some simple tips to help manage their mental health and well-being. We know that young people are resilient and with the right support and tools they can respond to life's challenges in a healthy and positive way.
This year's theme for headspace day is, 'Add a little colour to your day.' By using mindful colouring we are bringing our seven healthy headspace tips to life in communities all over Australia. We are also encouraging people to share the small things they do to support their mental health.
Seven tips for a healthy headspace
- Get into life and do stuff that's important to you
- Learn new ways to handle tough times
- Build close and connected relationships
- Eat well
- Stay active
- Get enough sleep
- Cut back on alcohol and other drugs
Visit headspaceday.org.au for more information
National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Week (7 – 13 October) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) are international events aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
World Mental health day encourages people to talk about mental health, and take care of their own well-being and the well-being of others.
World Mental Health Day 2018 focuses on the slogan ‘Do you see what I see?’ with the aim of challenging negative perceptions around mental illness and encouraging people to view mental illness in a more positive light.
Students living in rural, regional and remote Australia will get financial support to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.
The Morrison Government has announced support of the strawberry farm industry with a grant to help farmers deal with the issues they face in the current situation
The Liberal-National Government’s economic plan and responsible budget management has seen the Final Budget Outcome for the 2017-18 financial year record an underlying cash deficit $19.3 billion better than estimated at the time of the 2017-18 Budget.
From 1 October 2018, Australian patients and their families will save money on more than 226 medicine brands listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Those who do business in Australia, must pay tax in Australia. Two bills introduced into Parliament last week further ensure foreign investors & multinationals pay their fair share. Protecting the integrity of our tax system strengthens our economy.