Those who visit GPs the most are old, sick and poor, new data finds

Health Minister Sussan Ley. Photo: Andrew MearesThe Australians who visit the doctor most often tend to be older and poorer than those who visit their GP less, and would be hardest hit by the introduction of a “price signal”, new data has found.
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The data, to be released on Thursday by the National Health Performance Authority, suggests this group are twice as likely as the average to delay or decide against seeing a GP due to cost.

While Health Minister Sussan Ley two weeks ago dumped plans to cut Medicare rebates by $5 and allow doctors to charge patients this amount, she is continuing to explore options to make more people pay to see the doctor.

But the report shows those likely to be most affected by such a change tend to be older and poorer than those who see the doctor less often, and many have several long-term health conditions.

Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler said the data undermined the arguments of some proponents of a Medicare co-payment, who suggested asking more patients to pay would reduce the number of unnecessary visits to doctors.

“Contrary to what was implied by some in the recent debate over co-payments, these patients are not frivolous users of the system,” Associate Professor Owler said.

He said the data showed people who most frequently visited their GP were generally unwell, with complex and chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart conditions. Better management of the care of these patients by GPs would likely save the health system in the long run by keepng them out of hospital, Associate Professor Owler said.

Public Health Association of Australia chief executive Michael Moore said if more patients had to pay to see their doctor, “the evidence here is showing us that those who are most in need of medical intervention through general practice are the ones who are likely to put it off”.

“That is also likely to lead to much greater costs down the line, when the very same people are going into hospitals and needing much greater interventions than they would have, had the issue been nipped in the bud.”

The data provides the most detailed picture ever seen of the Australians who are the heaviest users of the health system.

While 13 per cent of Australians see a GP more than 12 times a year, this group accounts for 41 per cent of out of hospital Medicare spending. This group were more likely than others to also have visits to specialists and hospital emergency departments, and need pathology tests and diagnostic imaging, yet they are the least likely to have private health insurance.

About one third of this group see five or more different GPs in a year.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president Frank Jones said it was these patients, who visited doctors most frequently, who would benefit the most from an ongoing relationship with a specific regular GP.

“When a GP has a longitudinal continuous clinical relationship with their patients, their health problems can be resolved more effectively and efficiently,” Dr Jones said.

“Patients are also more likely to receive quality preventative care and this results in healthier patients and fewer hospital visits,” he said.

On average, Australians visit a GP 5.6 times a year.

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US firm ServiceMesh founded by former Al Gore adviser at centre of CBA scandal

‘I cannot believe we were tis [sic] stupid’ allegedly stated Keith Hunter in an email. Photo: James BrickwoodFormer Commonwealth Bank IT executive charged with briberyKeith Hunter was on fast track at CBAElizabeth Knight: CBA’s kickback scandal raises new questions about banking culture
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After being questioned by his employer, the Commonwealth Bank, over large sums of money discovered in one of his accounts, IT executive Keith Hunter allegedly fired off an email to a colleague.

“I am so shocked I want to vomit,” the email allegedly stated.  “I cannot believe we were tis [sic] stupid.”

Mr Hunter, 61, the bank’s former general manager of technology service management and operations, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of bribery relating to a contract awarded by the bank to a US IT firm – ServiceMesh.

Police are wanting to speak to the email’s recipient, Jon Waldron, the Commonwealth Bank’s former general manager of IT engineering.

Mr Waldron flew to the US on the weekend after he became aware of the police’s bribery investigation. Last week police froze an account with almost $2 million of allegedly corrupt payments.

The men are alleged to have awarded big-money contracts, worth tens of millions of dollars, to ServiceMesh without putting it to public tender.

The two men then allegedly received payments from a not-for-profit organisation, Ace Foundation, which was set up by by ServiceMesh, in return for awarding the contract.

Commander of the fraud and cybercrime squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said Mr Hunter and Mr Waldron were “probably the most senior bank executives” to be allegedly caught carrying out a fraud.

ServiceMesh, a cloud computing company, was co-founded by leading IT entrepreneur Eric Pulier, a health and technology adviser to then US vice-president Al Gore and a member of former US president Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative.

The company was sold to US giant Computer Sciences Corporation in 2013 for more than $150 million.

NSW police will allege that the Commonwealth Bank contract was of a “significant size” and would have “contributed significantly” to the IT company’s sale to CSC.

After the sale, police allege that Mr Hunter and Mr Waldron were paid $2.19 million by Ace Inc.

Police allege the not-for-profit organisation, of which Mr Pulier was a founding member, was set up only to launder money.

Mr Hunter has told detectives the payment was for consultancy work done with the not-for-profit organisation. Fairfax Media does not suggest Mr Pulier is involved in the alleged crime.

Some of the money was paid into an account held with the Commonwealth Bank.

Asked if that was a “blunder”, Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis replied: “What do you think?”

The Commonwealth Bank began its own investigation into the alleged crime last October while also notifying police. Both Mr Waldron and Mr Hunter were fired by the bank last year.

“We have no tolerance for any illegal activity by any employee and we take every situation seriously,” a statement from the bank released on Wednesday said. The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Sydney intern architect underpaid almost $7000

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says they are working to educate employers and workers about what genuine learning opportunities look like. Photo: Jesse MarlowA student was underpaid almost $7000 during an internship with a Sydney firm of architects, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found.
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The student was completing a masters degree in architecture when he was paid $12 per hour for six months of full-time work.

His duties included architectural drawing, consulting with clients and and conducting site visits.

The Fair Work Ombudsman found that the student, aged in his 20s, should have been paid under the Architects Award and was short-changed $6830.

He performed work that was not a part of his university studies, entitling him to a minimum wage of $16.37 per hour, rising to $21.19 an hour after his graduation.

The company also failed to pay the student his correct leave entitlements or to issue him with any pay slips.

The company back-paid the employee after the Fair Work Ombudsman’s intervention. It also agreed to donate $500 to Interns Australia.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said employers need to be aware that they are at risk of breaching workplace laws if they use unpaid work schemes as a source of free or cheap labor.

“When a worker moves beyond merely learning and observing and starts assisting with business outputs and productivity, workplace laws dictate that the worker must be paid minimum employee entitlements,” Ms James said.

“We don’t want to stifle genuine learning opportunities that help young people get a foot in the door, but we also don’t want to see young people being treated unfairly through unpaid work schemes.

“We want to educate employers and workers about what genuine learning opportunities look like.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman released a report on unpaid work in 2013, which found growing numbers of Australian employers are using unpaid work schemes as an alternative to hiring paid staff.

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Orica boss Ian Smith too explosive for the dynamite maker

The fiery management style of Ian Smith ultimately proved a little too explosive for dynamite manufacturer, Orica.
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Still, it’s not like the company did not know what it was in for when it employed the former Newcrest boss as a ‘change agent’ three years ago.

“If you have got an issue, confront it, wrestle it, pin it to the ground,”  the Broken Hill-born Smith said in his chapter of Unearthing Wisdom, a tome containing the thoughts and wisdom of 20 mining industry leaders.

“Be confrontational when you see people are not applying their capabilities to the utmost,” is another weighty piece of advice from Smith who got the bullet from his chairman, Russell Caplan, after a rather volcanic meeting with his investor relations head, Karen McRae.

Smith might have to update another line from the book where he says he has been field-tested “through nearly every catastrophic event you can think of, and survived”.

Arvi’s Wrong ‘un

Unearthing Wisdom was commissioned by head hunter Swann Global to mark its 20 year involvement with the mining industry – hence the 20 mining industry veterans interviewed.

True to its mining theme, the book came in a year late and over budget, according to a speech given by mining veteran, Ian Cockerill.

But it is hard to beat Sir Arvi Parbo’s speech which helped launch the book in Melbourne last year.

“What worked well in a given situation in the past is not necessarily translatable into other circumstances. As an example: in my time in the industry, in today’s terms I did everything wrong,” the mining industry legend said.

“I worked for the same company for 43 years, was both the Chairman and Managing Director for 15 years and, on retirement as an executive, continued as the non-executive Chairman for a further nine years. These would all be shooting offences today but there was worse: for a period I was at the same time the Chairman of three major companies in the same industry,” he said.

“Unthinkable today, but as recently as 15 years ago no-one, including corporate regulators, shareholder associations, media, or anybody else saw any problems with this, and in the then environment there weren’t any problems.”

Virgin oil

Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti has bought many interesting items in his life – budget airline, Tigerair, and scores of classic cars including a 1962 Porsche 356B. But an oil refinery?

Borghetti was asked at a business lunch in Sydney on Wednesday whether he had any interest in following in the footsteps of Virgin’s alliance partner, Delta Air Lines. The American airline decided a few years to buy its own oil refinery because it was sick of oil companies slapping large margins on the conversion of crude to jet fuel.

The Pennsylvania refinery now accounts for 75 per cent of Delta’s fuel needs in the US.

While pointing out that there is a refinery at Kurnell near Sydney Airport that his planes fly over every day, the Italian stallion made clear that he has no plans to buy it from Caltex.

“I have got my hands full with what I have got,” he said.

Borghetti might be missing a bargain given Caltex is in the process of closing the Kurnell refinery.

Besides, there is the small matter of the fuel bills for his warehouse full of vintage cars to think about.

Fashion victim

David Jones boss, Ian Nairn, was sporting the latest autumn look at the retail property shindig, SCN Big Guns lunch – a tan, no tie, and one missing shoe.

The latter was making room for a moon boot, making him the latest victim of misadventure from Woolies South Africa empire.

Woolies South Africa boss, Ian Moir, was battling with back surgery last year as he battled Solomon Lew for control of David Jones and Country Road.

Moir then failed to make it to the Woolies AGM in November after injuring both legs in a fall in Sydney earlier that month while inspecting the new acquisitions.

Back to Nairn, he was sharing beef and blue-eyed cod with retail property royalty like John Gowing – the last of the dynasty to preside over the Sydney retailer institution.

The table also included Coles property guru, Sam Pinchbeck, and Topshop director David Slade.

Don’t bank on it

The Commonwealth Bank has finally revealed what sort of fraud gets it so fired up that the bank is prepared to take the matter to the police.

Keith Hunter, the former Commonwealth Bank executive who has pleaded not guilty to bribery charges on Wednesday, was dobbed in by his former employer.

“CBA reported this matter to the NSW Police and we will continue to fully co-operate while the investigation continues,” a bank spokesman said.

So what makes this case different to the wealth management fiasco which ripped off clients? CBD hasn’t noticed any reporting to the police on that front.

Hunter, and another former executive, allegedly received kickbacks from a US-based IT company in return for not putting a lucrative contract to public tender.

“We have no tolerance for any illegal activity by any employee and we take every situation seriously,” said the bank, which added “no customer has been affected by this matter.”

This means that, unlike the wealth management fiasco, it was the bank who suffered from this alleged fraud.

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NSW election: Baird pledges $18 million to John Hunter Children’s Hospital

$50 million for Hunter hospitals Health pledge: Mike Baird and his Liberal candidates on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman
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Health pledge: Mike Baird and his Liberal candidates on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman

Health pledge: Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman

Health pledge: Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman

Health pledge: Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman

Health pledge: Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman

Health pledge: Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman

Health pledge: Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner on the election trail in the Hunter. Picture: Darren Pateman

TweetFacebook$50 million for Hunter hospitalshttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd上海龙凤419/transform/v1/crop/frm/storypad-D8vFkr4DfTRK2kpdPpAQJC/11ac18a7-1851-4fd7-81ee-fe68fdb23ae8.jpg/r0_308_2820_1901_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgVIDEO: Maitland, Singleton and the John Hunter Children’s Hospital would win funding if the Liberals win government later this, local-news, mike baird, nsw election 2015, john hunter hospital2015-03-19T08:23:00+11:00https://players.brightcove上海龙凤419/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=4120717686001https://players.brightcove上海龙凤419/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=4120717686001He said voters had a choice between the Coalition’s “positive” plans for light rail in Newcastle and infrastructure that would befunded from the proposed lease of the poles and wires, compared to Labor’s “negativity”.

“We’ve learnt our lessons, we’ve got great candidates in the field who are fighting every day for every vote with positive plans,” he said.

“Look at the difference you’re seeing up here in the Hunter versus what we saw here for 16 years. Labor, whatever spin you put on it, took the Hunter for granted.

“We haven’t. We believe in it, we are delivering the infrastructure that is needed to make this region even greater.”

Mrs Skinner said the completion of the neonatal unit would benefit children in need of care from Wyong to the Queensland border.

“If you look there right now, it’s very crowded, there’s hardly room for parents to cluster around the cots of these very, very sick babies,” she said.

“When it’s completed this will be a superb service.”

Tenders have gone out for stage one, with works to start soon.

Stages two and the would then be rolled out to increase special care and neonatal intensive care cots from 42 to 53, although the work could be slow going.

“I’m told even in the early works, the preparatory works, they have to go very carefully because drilling upsets these very little, very delicate babies,” Mrs Skinner said.

Mr Baird confirmed the construction of a new Lower Hunter hospital at Metford was not contingent on the lease of the poles and wires, although it may yet be a public-private project with a decision to be made by mid year.

“Work will be underway on the hospital by next term, this is a green light,” he said.

“…The hospital boom is coming to a corner near you and that is because we are doing everything possible to build the hospitals that we need for today and tomorrow.”

Labor has called on the government to say whether the hospital would be operated by the private sector.

SBS planning to scrap football in shock programming upheaval

Cup gone? Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring against the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Cup gone? Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring against the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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Cup gone? Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring against the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Cup gone? Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring against the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The spiritual home of football on Australian television, SBS, is in advanced plans to cut ties with the sport as part of a dramatic programming overhaul.

While the decision has not been finalised, Fairfax Media understand the network’s content division recently concluded that SBS’s 35-year relationship with football – among Australian television’s most iconic – should be scaled back dramatically.

The government broadcaster has the rights to show the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and one A-League match on free-to-air television each Friday night.

Tentative discussions have been held with other free-to-air broadcasters about offloading their A-League commitments for the next two seasons. SBS and Fox Sports signed a four-year, $160 million agreement to share the rights until 2017. On Wednesday Channel 7 indicated they would be interested in televising Socceroos matches when the current agreement with SBS and Fox Sports runs out.

However, in what may be seen as a significant step backwards for the game, no broadcaster is likely to show the Friday night match on their primary channel, instead shuffling the match to their digital off-shoots.

After gaining the free-to-air rights to show A-League matches from 2013, SBS surprisingly opted to initially show live games only on SBS 2.

Despite an upgrade to the primary channel this season, the residual impact of the original decision remained, with ratings hovering either side of 100,000 viewers nationally.

The network has also been frustrated by a lack of access to premium games, with primary broadcaster Fox Sports requesting the FFA schedule big matches – like most derbies and traditional clashes – on Saturday nights.

But perhaps most shocking is the thought that the next World Cup may not be on SBS, which has broadcast each tournament since 1990.

The rights are a highly prized asset and SBS could make a huge sum of money by on-selling the broadcast agreement for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

While rival networks are still considering their options, they have all shown interest in broadcasting football during the past two years.

Fellow government broadcaster ABC took secondary rights to this year’s Asian Cup and broadcast the Socceroos’ knockout matches live, with group matches on delay.

SBS is undergoing a major shift, triggered by the federal government’s decision to cut funding to the ABC and SBS.

SBS is under significant pressure from Canberra to boost ratings and lose its “niche” perception in order to maintain future funding.

Chief content officer Helen Kellie and TV and online content director Marshall Heald are believed to have identified football as an expendable part of the programming schedule.

They recently presented their recommendations – the “project shape” – to the SBS board, who offered a tentative green light. The next few months will be critical in determining how deep the proposed cuts run.

Staff have been widely unimpressed at what they believe is a rapidly morphing culture, described by one member as “increasingly corporate” and “commercial-driven”. An unpopular round of redundancies was recently undertaken on the advice of government-hired consultants.

Many inside the organisation believe the SBS company charter, which “sets out the principal functions of SBS and a number of duties it has to fulfil”, is being blatantly ignored.

“There is a very fundamental change occurring at SBS. Those in charge at the network have made it clear to everyone they intend on taking a new path,” one insider said. “They want to increase ratings by any means and appear prepared to stray from the charter, if necessary.

“If it wasn’t for SBS, football would never have found a home on Australian television all those years ago. But those in charge of content have come in from outside and have dismissed its importance.”

The rights to broadcast Champions League matches expires in two months and it is believed SBS will make no more than a token bid to secure the rights for the next three years.

Earlier this month, British broadcaster BT Sport paid £900 million (A$1.73 billion) for the next three years of European football’s elite league.

In Australia, that leaves ESPN (who have part of the existing rights), Fox Sports and Al-Jazeera’s beIN Sport to wrestle over SBS’s Champions League share.

Channel Seven recently latched onto the visits of Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus and has bought the rights to showcase Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Sydney FC this May. Channel Nine will broadcast the three Australian matches being played in July as part of the International Champions Cup.

Sebastian Hassett has appeared on SBS football programs

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Easts out to prove they’re back from the brink in John I Dent Cup

Representatives of the seven clubs Tom Gilmore (Uni-Norths), Dan Penca (Queanbeyan), Andrew Barrell (Gungahlin), Joseph Shirley (Easts), Gareth Clouston (Tuggeranong), Tim Johnston (Royals) and Peter Raines (Wests). Photo: Graham TidyThieves ransacked Easts’ training facilities and caused more than $15,000 worth of damage, but the foundation John I Dent club is determined to rebuild their reputation on and off the field this year.
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Less than a year after Easts forfeited a match and there were fears for the club’s first-grade future, president Greg Dennis said they are determined to win back respect by rebuilding from the bottom up.

Thieves broke into their Griffith Oval storage shed three times, slashing tackling pads, spray painting equipment and destroying two sets of jerseys to inflict more pain on the battling team.

There was also a squatter living in the storage shed for two weeks, but Dennis hopes new coach John Ross can create a fresh environment and a new culture to get Easts back on their feet.

Rival clubs questioned the sustainability of Easts’ future last year when they lost 92-0 to the Tuggeranong Vikings and then forfeited a game just four days later.

“Clubs had every right to feel that way, at an administration level we were a shambles, the player strength was inadequate and there was a culture of defeat,” Dennis said.

“It’s a credit to the people that have stuck strong with the club … if we didn’t make the changes last year, we may have lost the club.

“We’ve shaken up the place, bringing in key contributors for the direction of the club whereas in the past it was young kids trying to do their best for the club. It’s now or never. Success breeds success.”

The Canberra premier division begins this weekend, with Easts lining up against the Uni-Norths Owls for a chance to get their season off to a winning start.

Easts have shifted their base from Jerrabomberra Oval to Griffith Oval, but still have to make sure they complete the right booking protocols with the ACT government to ensure they’ve got a place to train and play.

Ross has put the foundations in place for Easts to have success, targeting key juniors from Canberra’s top rugby schools and adding a hard edge to the squad’s approach to games.

Dennis is also hopeful the club’s former players will answer a call to arms and help give Easts the extra support it needs to stay in the first grade competition.

“Forfeiting … I don’t know if shame is the right word, but it hurt. It’s not easy going out there and getting smacked, you take it personally,” said lock Joe Shirley.

“One thing I’m looking forward to is being competitive again and restoring some pride back in the Easts name. Easts traditionally have been known as the ragtag group that can have fun off the field, but isn’t very good on it.

“But we want to turn that around. It seems what can go wrong will go wrong [with the thieves] … they should call us the Murphy’s Law at Easts. But it can only make us stronger and when we do turn it around, it will be an amazing feeling.”


Saturday: Queanbeyan Whites v Gungahlin Eagles at Campese field, Uni-Norths Owls v Easts at RMC, Wests v Royals at Radford College. All games at 3.05pm. Tuggeranong Vikings – bye.

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Ausgrid workers give notice for industrial action

A UNION representing Ausgrid workers has notified the company on Wednesday that staff will undertake a series of work stoppages and other industrial action in the coming weeks.
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Workers in depots and offices including Wallsend, Charlestown and Belmont will stop work for four hours on March 31, while a second stoppage on April 1 will include staff inGosford, Ourimbah, Somersby, Tuggerah and Singleton.

Muswellbrook, Merriwa, Maitland, Cessnock, Salt Ash and Thornton staff will stop work on April 8.

Minimum staff will be available during the stoppages for the public’s sake, the union said in a statement, while call centre workers will read a short statement at the end of non-emergency calls explaining why workers are taking industrial action.

United Services Union energy manager Scott McNamara said job security was the primary concern for workers ahead of the March 28 election, specifically the Baird government’s plans to privatise the energy network to fund infrastructure.

“Mike Baird has previously claimed that privatisation won’t see jobs and services slashed at the electricity network companies, but the NSW Government’s refusal to provide workers with a written guarantee that no forced redundancies will occur undermines that claim,” Mr McNamara said.

“Our members have tried everything in their power to resolve this issue, including agreeing to a reduced pay offer, but unfortunately they’ve been left with no option but to escalate the matter in light of management’s refusal to budge.”

An Ausgrid spokeswoman said the company respected employees’ right to industrial action but maintained it was unnecessary in this case.

The spokeswoman said the company was unable to reach a final agreement until the Australian Energy Regulator decided on the company’s revenue in late April.

“The unions’ decision to take industrial action before the AER’s decision is pointless and premature,” she said.

“We do note the union’s statement that they will commit to minimum safe staffing arrangements, however a proper risk assessment willneed to be carried out to assess whether the stoppage could threaten the safe operation of the electricity network,” she said.

Are meal delivery services actually good for you?

If you are juggling work, family, study, commuting and a busy social life, chances are that you have pondered how much easier life could be if someone was preparing your meals.
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Indeed, the growth of meal delivery services in capital cities suggests the demand for healthy, pre-prepared food is set to increase. So, here are some of the options to organise a week’s worth of healthy meals, delivered to your door at the click of a button.

Lite n’ Easy

One of the original calorie-controlled meal services, Lite n’ Easy,delivers meals based on a range of calorie options. With meal plans developed by a dietitian and more than 100 meals on offer, Lite n’ Easy is an affordable way to have all your meals and snacks delivered for the week.

Nutritionally, Lite n’ Easy sticks to a low fat, high carbohydrate approach to calorie control. It offers relatively small portionsizes and relatively high proportions of carbohydrates compared to vegetables and lean proteins. While this supports a traditional low fat, high carbohydrate model of eating, this may not be the ideal dietary prescription for individuals with metabolic issues such as type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, and for whom weight loss is the primary goal.

Pros: Delivers to all major capital cities; relatively cheap for a week’s worth of meals.

Cons: High carbohydrate meals; appears quite processed with small portion sizes.


A more recent addition to the market is HelloFresh, which, unlike meal delivery options, is designed to make healthy cooking easier for busy people. Rather than meals being delivered, HelloFresh provides the raw ingredients for family friendly meals to help take the time out of shopping and meal preparation while still experiencing the joy of cooking. While the meals are not diet specific or calorie controlled, the focus is on fresh, locally sourced ingredients with recipes that are not time-consuming.

The choice of boxes you can order is flexible, as is the number of meals. Boxes are delivered to cities along the eastern seaboard on different days each week.

Pros: Allows you to cook at home so the meals remain fresh; relatively inexpensive with meals working out at about $10 each.

Cons: Not calorie or diet specific; portions of raw ingredients may be excessive.

Eat Fit Food

The brainchild of health and fitness entrepreneur Bianca Monley, who had a vision of selling healthy, calorie-controlled meals to her clients, Eat Fit Food delivers meals daily in Sydney and Melbourne. With much of the produce coming from the Eat Fit Food Farm, a range of calorie-controlled individual meals or programs are available to suit most dietary requirements.

With a commitment to using wholefoods, Eat Fit Food is arguably the meal delivery service that offers the freshest options, although you do pay for this with the average meal costing close to $20 once delivery costs are considered. The bonus of spending a little more is the higher protein and vegetable content of these meals compared with traditional frozen meals, which is of major nutritional benefit.

Pros: Daily food delivery; a range of calorie-controlled options available.

Cons: Relatively expensive as good quality food including fresh vegetables and lean proteins are expensive.


For the past five years, the team at Dietlicious has been offering a calorie-controlled meal delivery service that caters for a range of dietary preferences: from wheat and gluten-free to pre/diabetic meals, along with a specialty men’s range, and all food sourced from Australia.

The Dietlicious dietary approach is flexible and the range of programs and individual meal choices suit most dietary regimes and budgets. Programs are popular (with both the “kick start” and “cleanse” options) but individual meals can be purchased. Dietlicious meals are delivered two to three times each week, which may mean that some need to be frozen and that may not suit those who prefer fresh food daily. Customers can also order extras such as vegetables and snacks, which can be a handy addition to bulk up the nutritional content of any diet for busy people.

Pros: Large range of programs and caters for a range of dietary preferences; flexible program to suit your needs.

Cons: Deliveries are made only a couple of times each week, meaning some meals may need to be frozen.

Follow Life&Style on TwitterSusie Burrell is an accredited practising dietitian

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Tunisia terrorist attack: ‘I couldn’t see anything except blood and the dead’

Tourists and visitors from the Bardo Museum are evacuated. Photo: Hassene DridiA tourist bus had just pulled up outside Tunisia’s national museum and its passengers were piling out of the vehicle ready for a day of sightseeing when militants, armed with assault rifles and grenades, opened fire on the tourists.
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It was just after midday on Wednesday, local time, and the area surrounding the Bardo National Museum was bustling with people making their way into the attraction in downtown Tunis, the country’s capital. The large museum is to many Tunisians what the Louvre is to Paris: a major tourist destination, according to the BBC.

The building is located adjacent to the national Parliament, and some reports suggest that legislators were discussing an anti-terrorism law as at least two gunmen, who were dressed in military uniforms, took aim at those stepping off the bus.

“I couldn’t see anything except blood and the dead,” the driver of one tourist bus told Reuters. “They just started opening fire on the tourists as they were getting out of the buses.”

A museum employee told Reuters that two gunmen “opened fire on the tourists as they were getting off the buses, before fleeing into the museum”.

Initial reports suggest eight people were killed as they got off the bus, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Several more of those tourists were taken hostage and then killed, The New York Times reported, citing the Interior Ministry spokesman.

By late on Wednesday, local time, at least 19 people were dead, including 17 foreign tourists. Forty-two people were wounded,Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said.

Italian, Polish, South African, French and Japanese tourists were among the injured and killed, Mosaique FM radio in Tunisia reported.

Yasmine Ryan, who was at the museum at the time of the attack, told the BBC that she saw “helicopters flying overhead” and “tanks rolling in” as the security situation unfolded.

Inside the museum, a French tourist identified asGeraldine said she was on a guided tour when she heard shots fired outside.

“We thought it was a party, but in fact it wasn’t – there were men on the floor,”she told French news network iTele as she was still holed up in the building.

“Then there was a movement of panic as there are lots of people in the building. There are around 40 of us holed up in a room. We are rather panic-stricken, there was lots of noise.

“Then there were no gunshots outside, then we heard things outside. We were all inside sitting on the floor in the room. We could hear ‘Allahu Akbar’ and lots of firing.

“We can’t see outside. There is a group of attackers. There have been lots of volleys of gunfire. I would say there are a lot of them or else I am mistaken because I don’t know about this kind of thing.”

A large cruise ship, the Costa Fascinosa, was docked in Tunis on Wednesday morning. The ship, carrying 3161 passengers, was on a seven-day trip of the western Mediterranean and some of the Italian passengers caught in the museum ambush were believed to have been passengers on the ship.

Ship owner Costa Crociere confirmed that some of its passengers were visiting Tunis on Wednesday and that a Bardo National Museum tour was on the itinerary. The company could not confirm how many passengers were in the museum at the time.

The cruise ship recalled all of its passengers to the ship and was in touch with local authorities and the Italian Foreign Ministry.

Piero Fassino, the mayor of Turin, told Italian television that six City Hall workers were there, but that only two had been heard from.

“We are waiting for news with a certain anguish,” he said, according to The New York Times.

Security forces entered the museum, a former palace, about two hours after the initial attack and killed two militants and freed the captives, a government spokesman said. A police officer died in the operation.

Prime Minister Habib Essid said:”It is a critical moment in our history, and a defining moment for our future.

“We have not established the identity of the two terrorists … Reports are not final, these two terrorists could have been assisted by two or three other operatives.”

Mr Essid saidan Australian was also killed.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted for confirmation.

– with Reuters

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.