National Dog Day – August 26

National Dog Day is celebrated in Australia on August 26th every year. “This day celebrates all our canine breeds and helps to educate the public to recognise the number of dogs that need to be rescued…
August 22, 2018

National support network needed for police mental health

A national network providing support to police experiencing trauma should be established to better deal with officers’ mental health, the national police unions has said. In its submission to a senate inquiry examining the mental health…

When is it OK to call an ambulance?

When would you call 000 for an ambulance? When a fall results in a nasty fracture? Concern that labour is progressing so rapidly that you’ll give birth before you can get to hospital? Weakness from…

New resilience strategy highlights the disasters that could bring Sydney to a shuddering halt

Australia’s largest metropolis has simply been “lucky” to avoid a city stopping disaster, a group of resilience experts have said. But Sydney’s luck could be about to run out, and if the city isn’t felled…

What emergency preparations should I make for my pet?

You know what to do in an emergency, right? You’d probably grab the photo albums, gather the pets and make a run for it. But have you really thought about how you’ll save your pets?…

Queensland to develop ‘drone zones’

The Queensland government has committed to developing “drone zones” for commercial tests of aerial drone technology. In addition to designating zones for testing aerial drones, the government will create areas for testing the land-based and…

Five Survival Skills Movies Taught You Wrongly

Movies are great at telling stories, but they’re horrible at teaching basic survival skills. Here are five of the ways they’ve led us astray – from performing CPR to battling wild animals. Movies and TV…

Disaster plan ‘empowers’ vulnerable towns

From highly-equipped communities to new disaster dashboards, councils are focusing on preparedness and information in their approaches to emergency management. After a tornado ripped through Burrum Heads in 2013 leaving it isolated and without power…

BOM declares a 50 per cent chance of El Nino this spring

Warm and dry — that has been the story of the season, and now there is a good chance that is set to continue for south-east Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology has just declared an…
June 25, 2018

How does altitude affect the body and why does it affect people differently?

Every year, thousands of people travel to high-altitude environments for tourism, adventure-seeking, or to train and compete in various sports. Unfortunately, these trips can be marred by the effects of acute altitude sickness, and the…