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Price hikes to hit hard for pensioners on pills

The price of Panadol Osteo, made by GlaxoSmithKline, is about to rise. Picture: SuppliedMAKING commonly used medications more expensive could lead to unforeseen complications, pharmacists say, particularly for pensioners and others on a tight budget.
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Pharmaceuticals giantGlaxoSmithKline has announced it will liftthe price of Panadol Osteo by 50 per cent on Friday, at the same time that it, and other common over-the-counter medicines, includingaspirin, and folic acid supplements,arede-listed from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

The result is a significant price increase, according tothePharmacy Guild of Australia and Health MinsterSussan Ley who has askedtheAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate.

The minister is also urging consumers to shop around, suggesting there aremore than 30 equally-effective paracetamolalternatives for osteoarthritis sufferers.

Pharmacy Guild Executive Director David Quilty is pushing for the de-listing of Panadol Osteo from the PBS to be reversed, given that the decision was made on the basis it would continue to be available over the counter at comparable prices.

Based on the guild’s analysis, those with a concession card will pay up to $142more per year for Panadol Osteothan they did with a prescription under the PBS.

Windale pharmacist Susan Van said customers were very unhappy about the price hikes,with complaints from more than 100 people so far.“A lot of our patients are elderly patients and they all have arthritisof some form,’’ she said.

GOING UP: Changes to the PBS may lead to complications for some patients who use common medications, says Windale pharmacist Susan Van. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

There was a serious risk that patients may start substituting with other medications still available under the PBS or were cheaper, she said, and people were mistaken if they thought they can easily substitute one type of paracetamol for another.

“If they use somethingelse that is not appropriate or codeine-based, then you have other problems, like bowel obstructions, or they may use other products which are not effective.

“They may be paracetamol based but it’s a different formulation, and if it’s not slow release they probably need to dose more often. I think there is a high chance people will start using codeine with Panadol because it’s stronger.”

Patients may also be tempted to skip certain medicines altogether to avoid paying more, she said.

“You may have people hospitalised if they can’t afford it, especially here in Windale and other lowsocio- economic areas.”

Many of those directly affected agree, saying that althoughthe price differences may seem small to some,it will be a serious budgeting issue for them.

Joanne Hayward, of Windale, said the changes would have a significant impact on herpartner,Darryl Gaynor, who needs regular vitamin B12 injections to help treat a liver condition.

“From $24 to $60 per year on a disability pension, it’s a difference of $35.60 which could be better spent on any number of different things due to his other healthproblems,’’ she said.

New Year’s Eve: The anticipation growsphotos

New Year’s Eve: The anticipation grows | photos Pic by @meimei_618
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Pic by @sydneymorningherald: Crowds gather at @sydneyoperahouse ahead of #NewYearsEve 2015. Photo by SMH photographer Steven Siewert.

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Pic by @christiantan808: All set for the New Years celebration on the Harbour ..happy new year

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New Year’s Eve earlybirds have found spots both comfortable and less so in Kirribilli in preparation for tonight’s events. Pic: Nick Moir

Hundreds already preparing for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at Blues Point, Sydney. Pic: Nick Moir

New Year’s Eve earlybirds have found spots both comfortable and less so in Kirribilli in preparation for tonight’s events. Pic: Nick Moir

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TweetFacebookAnd … in Victoria:What will Melbourne look like with 500,000 people in the city on New Year’s Eve?

More thanhalf a million people are expected to flock to the CBD on New Year’s Eveto usher in 2016, so the city is bracing itself for some pretty large crowds.

If you’re planning to come into the CBD for New Year’s, then chances are the Melbourne City Council will monitor your every step so it can work out how to keep the celebrations under control.

Well, sort of. It’s nothing quite that sinister. Rather, the council has installed a network of foot traffic monitoring sensors at 28 locations throughout the city, which keep track of how many pedestrians are passing through. Read more

Most popular holiday destinations for Australians in 2015 named

Cherry blossom season in Japan. Traveller南京夜网419论坛’s readers were more interested in Japan than any other destination in 2015. Photo: iStockAsia remains the focus for Australians looking for holiday inspiration, if this year’s most searched destinations is anything to go by.
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Five of the top 10 most destinations searched on Traveller南京夜网419论坛 in 2015 were in Asia. But the No.1 destination for Traveller南京夜网419论坛’s readers was not Bali or Thailand, but rather – somewhat surprisingly – Japan.

Number two on the list was perennial favourite New York City, while Bali came in at number three, followed by New Zealand. Our neighbour across the Tasman Sea is the number one destination for outbound Australians, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with more than 100,000 Australian residents heading there in October alone.

Two islands followed, but each offers visitors a very different experience. Singapore, at number four, is a stopover favourite for Australians, best known for its food and shopping. Meanwhile Hawaii, at number five, has become a popular beach escape for Aussies as well as a stopover option before heading on to the continental US. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of Australian visitors to Hawaii more than doubled to 310,000 and has continued to grow despite the falling dollar.

Vietnam cemented its place as the new Thailand by coming in at number seven, well ahead of Thailand itself – the traditional Aussie favourite failed to make the top 20.

National travel editor Anthony Dennis said Australia’s interest in Japan has grown dramatically over the years.

“It’s really personally pleasing to see Japan take out the spot of Traveller南京夜网419论坛’s most searched destination for 2015,” he said. “When I first started visiting Japan in the early 1990s I immediately fell in love with it but there was near zero interest in it as a destination among my fellow Australians”.

“But, 25 years or so later, cheaper airfares and the extraordinary popularity of skiing there has helped to alert Australians to the appeal of Japan as a whole, along with a growing appreciation of Japanese cuisine. The misguided perception of Japan as a prohibitively expensive destination seems to have dissipated, too.”

Japan also cracked the top 10 of the most visited destinations by Australians, according to the latest ABS figures, which had visitor numbers at 243,000 in the year to October to come in at number 9. The most visited destination after New Zealand was Indonesia, followed by the USA, UK and Thailand.

The most searched destinations in Australia were Melbourne, Sydney and, oddly enough, Broken Hill.

The top 10 most-searched destinations on Traveller南京夜网419论坛 in 2015. Click on the links for our destination guides and features.

The most-visited destinations by Australians in 2015 (based on ABS data to October)

Traveller’s most shared stories on Facebook in 2015

See also: The top 16 countries to visit in 2016 See also: The 16 things you need to know about travelling in 2016

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Top 5 tips for surviving New Year’s Eve in an unfamiliar city with kids

It is the best of times – and the worst of times.
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Counting “three, two, one” to ring in the New Year, we are at the night markets, eating crepes, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Our hands warmed with mulled wine, our hearts swelling with sentiment, we know this is the best New Year’s Eve ever.

Until precisely five minutes after midnight, when the crowd converges on the stairs to make the Metro.

We feel like fruit, being squeezed of every last drop.

I clutch Taj’s hand tightly, so he’s not swept beneath someone’s feet.

Grace is on Jason’s shoulders, wearing a mask of terror.

His mother has a smile from ear to ear, as she’s groped by young French men: “Best I’ve felt in years!” she laughs.

We later discover this is fine tradition in the City of Lights: an unedifying crush to cram onto public transport.

New Year’s Eve is often like this, n’cest pas? With children, there’s an added degree of difficulty.

If they’re young, you don’t want to keep them up until midnight. When they’re older, they don’t want to be with you, anyway.

Here are my top five tips for surviving New Year’s Eve, in an unfamiliar city.

1. Research, research, research

The most up-to-date sites are Tripadvisor, Yelp and Twitter. These will help you choose which restaurant to go to, where to see the fireworks, and how to get home.

2. Make sure you rest

It’s a long haul, from 7pm to midnight. The last thing you want is a pair of cantankerous kids ruining all the fun. Bring a blanket and small pillow, so they can nod off.

3. Write your number on their arm

It’s easy to get separated in those throbbing crowds. You can’t microchip your kids (which is a shame). The next best thing is a note in the pocket or indelible marker on the skin.

4. Organise a meeting point

Allow older kids to have their own space, but regroup before midnight. It’s better than enduring a sleepless night, worrying about where your over-excited teens have gone.

5. Stay somewhere self-contained

Sure, going out for dinner on New Year’s Eve is fun. But often there’s a fixed price for three courses, which is a waste of money if you have fickle kids. Eat in your room before venturing out.

This is what we do in Paris, collecting produce from the food hall at Le Bon Marche for a family feast.

After eating the traditional ‘king cake’, kindly gifted by our hosts through Airbnb, we decide to hit the streets.

We can’t believe our luck when we nab a taxi at 10pm.

Later, we realise it’s because only foolish tourists go out on réveillon de nouvel an.

For locals, it’s more like Christmas Eve: a time to spend at home with family or friends.

Whatever you do, and wherever you go, try to relax. If it all goes pear-shaped, there’s always a good dinner party story.

Our Parisian adventure goes down in family folklore as a night Nanna will never forget.

Happy New Year!

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Victoria bushfires: Massive effort unleashed

Pic: @CFA_UpdatesStrike team heads to fire zoneTotal fire ban for New Year’s EveBarbecue sparks fire►Around BALLARAT:A watch and act message has been issued for Cardigan and Lucas. The fire is currently not under control. Keep up-to-date here
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►NearPORT FAIRY:Three water bombing aircraft have joined 20 ground crews attacking a grass fire burning near Yambuk. The latest here

►NearBENDIGO:Threegrassfires near Kyabramhave ignited, with the Country Fire Authority sending four trucks to the scene.Get the latest here.

Nightmare conditions return to Great Ocean RoadOne of the largest aerial firefighting operations in Victoria’s history will be unleashed on Thursday in an attempt to control a blaze that could again threatencommunities along the Great Ocean Road.

Emergency services are preparing fora return of the nightmare conditions that saw fire tear through Wye River and Separation Creek on Christmas Day, destroying 116 homes.

One of the largest aerial firefighting operations in Victoria’s history will be unleashed on Thursday in an attempt to control a blaze that could again threatencommunities along the Great Ocean Road.

Emergency services are preparing fora return of the nightmare conditions that saw fire tear through Wye River and Separation Creek on Christmas Day, destroying 116 homes.

Mr Todd said steep terrainand heavyforestmade thefire difficult to fight, meaning a massive air operation involving 60 aircraft was the best hope of stopping it fromspreading.

“Sixty aircraft on the one fire is among the most we’ve ever had and that shows the level of risk of this fire,” he said.

A cool change is expected to pass through the area in the afternoon andthe wind shouldshift south, but no rain is expected.

Residents inLorne have been told to keep watch on a separatefire that continues to burn to its west, with fears a southerly wind change could see it flare up and again threaten the holiday town.

An evacuation order was issued for Lorne and surrounding areason Christmas Day.

Mr Todd said the devastated towns of Wye River and Separation Creek were still closed.Residents were allowed in to view the area but not allowed to say.

A severe fire-danger warning and total fire banis in place for communities along the Great Ocean Road, as well as in the South West, West,Central, and South Gippsland districts.

New Year’s Eve fireworks have been cancelled along the Surf Coast, andthe Great Ocean Road remains closed between Lorne and Skenes Creek.

Firefighter Greg Morris finishes the night shift in Wye River on Wednesday morning. Photo: Penny Stephens