Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 398. Updated Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Oral health study

Members of lower income groups and those living remotely generally have more untreated tooth decay and missing teeth, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Meanwhile, treatment of cardiovascular disease cost $7.6 billion in 2008-09, about 12 per cent of all health care spending in that year.

More is spent on CVD than on any other disease group, according to Health care expenditure on cardiovascular diseases 2008-09.


Part-timers need more work

An Australian Bureau of Statistics report shows that underemployed part-time workers waited up to 30 weeks for sufficient work in 2013, up from 26 weeks in 2012.

Director of Labour Force and Supplementary Surveys at the ABS, Stephen Collett, said: "The number of underemployed part-time workers wanting and available for more hours has increased to 2010 and 2011 levels."

For further details go to this PS News link.


ACCC on carbon price watch

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will monitor prices, costs and profits to assess the general effect of the carbon tax scheme in the run-up to its repeal.

It will focus on suppliers of regulated goods, such as natural gas, electricity and synthetic greenhouse gases, as well as corporations identified as liable entities under the Clean Energy Act 2011.

About 400 companies and corporations will be monitored.

For more information go to this PS News link.


Hadi Soesastro Prize

Bimo Wijayanto and Diana Setiyawati have been awarded the inaugural Australia Awards Hadi Soesastro Prize.

The annual prize recognises the work of Indonesian academics completing their doctorates in Australia.

Mr Wijayanto and Ms Setiyawati were awarded the prize for their contributions in the fields of economics and psychology respectively.

The Australian Government will provide up to $25,000 for each recipient to undertake post-doctoral work to deepen their expertise.


Earlier this week

Mental health help

beyondblue and the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry are delivering tips on improving mental health in the workplace.

They say a mentally healthy workplace improves the mental health of all employees and managers, which can lead to increased productivity, improved staff engagement and morale.

"Take 1 Step" will be held at the National Convention Centre Ballroom on Tuesday (25 February 2014) from 6pm to 8pm.


CensusAtSchool opens

The 2014 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire has been opened by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

CensusAtSchool is a free and voluntary online questionnaire and analysis resource for students in Years 5 to 12.

Students submit real data about everyday interests and opinions on various environmental and social issues, building a foundation for their future participation in the Australian Census of Population and Housing.

The CensusAtSchool questionnaire will remain open until 1 August.

It can be found at this PS News link.


Vegetable growers survey

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) will shortly conduct its annual survey of vegetable growers across Australia to help the industry plan for its future.

The survey will collect information about production, financial performance and socio-economic characteristics of vegetable-growing farms.

The survey is co-funded by Horticulture Australia Limited and the Department of Agriculture.

Results from past surveys are available on this PS News link.


Tasmania in the Archives

Permission to export Tasmanian tigers, false passports for former SS officers, and early weather records are among stories in the National Archives' research guide to Tasmanian records.

The Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania, by Michael Piggott, was launched by Director-General of the National Archives, David Fricker.

It is available in hard copy from the National Archives shop or its online e-shop.

It can also be downloaded free of charge at this PS News link.


Defence housing plan

Defence has announced a plan to build an extra 2,300 homes in Darwin.

Eight hundred houses will be built for Defence members, and 1,500 for the general public.

The plan will deliver more land for residential developments for the general community when Defence members move into their new housing.

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