Queenslanders respond to anti-smoking campaign

The Queensland Quitline service has experienced its busiest month in seven years; driven by the success of a two-pronged State-Government advertising and legislative anti-smoking campaign. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland smokers were responding to the Government campaign, with more than 3000 calls to and from the centre in May, 2014. “They’re calling Quitline for advice…

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Queensland Hospitals get the tick of improved patient satisfaction

A State-wide survey has revealed across-the board improvements in patient satisfaction with Queensland public hospitals and health care services. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the survey found three-in-four Queenslanders were satisfied with their most recent hospital contact – a five-point increase since November, 2013. “And one in three patients say they are ‘very satisfied’,” Mr…

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Govt eyes ophthalmology waiting lists

Patients with vision impairment or debilitating eye conditions such as cataracts will be major beneficiaries of a new ophthalmology blitz, delivering on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. Premier Campbell Newman said the program would clear the long wait list of patients by 30 June, 2015, improving the quality of life for…

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Workcover changes good news for growing local jobs

Local business owners may be interested to know that from 1 July 2014 the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme will have the cheapest average premium rate in the country for businesses and the strongest safety net for workers. As part of our commitment to re-building the Queensland economy and helping local businesses to grow more jobs,…

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Statewide celebrations and a time to remember

Queensland residents are invited to celebrate the unique and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during this year’s NAIDOC Week commencing today. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes said NAIDOC Week celebrations and activities across the state, offered a range of activities for Queenslanders. Mr Elmes…

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Government delivering on strong plan for Queensland

Creating jobs by growing the economy, improving education outcomes and delivering better roads and infrastructure are among the key priorities of the Newman Government’s latest Six Month Action Plan. Premier Campbell Newman said the July – December 2014 Six Month Action Plan being released today outlined a diverse range of initiatives to deliver on the…

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New online tools streamline training

Pursuing your dream career has become even easier with the release of two new online tools as part of the Queensland Government’s strong plan to address skills shortages and reduce unemployment. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Queenslanders now had access to the Queensland Skills Gateway website and the myApprenticeship online portal. “This…

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Nature Play to get Sunshine Coast kids outdoors

Sunshine Coast children will be on a mission to find the 15,000th Nature Play passport with a ‘golden ticket’ as they switch from screen time to green time through the Queensland Government’s Nature Play initiative.  Minister for Recreation and Sport, Steve Dickson said the Government wanted to encourage young Queenslanders to have fun and healthy…

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State funding boost for not-for-profit groups

Local community organisations in the Maroochydore electorate are about to receive their share of the latest round of State Government Community Grants. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the grants were a significant financial injection to local hardworking not-for-profit groups and allowed dedicated volunteers to focus on continuing their good work. “Our local groups play…

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Sports clubs urged to Get in the Game

Sunshine Coast sport and recreation clubs are urged to apply for funding in the next round of the Queensland Government’s highly successful Get Going and Get Playing funding programs. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said there was more than $24.5 million dollars available for Queensland clubs under this new round of Get in the Game…

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