Australia Facing Volunteer ‘Paradox’

Australia is facing a volunteer crisis with the elderly volunteers that provide care and support to vulnerable people in rural communities facing burnout, according to an international expert. Director of the Trent Center for Ageing and Society in Canada, Professor Mark Skinner, said a “paradox” was emerging for Australia’s ageing rural communities. Professor Skinner is…

Victorian volunteer firefighters call for equal treatment under cancer compensation laws

Newly drafted laws will offer easier access to cancer compensation for Victorian firefighters, but Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers have called for the eligibility rules to be revised. The laws have been designed to improve access to compensation for sick firefighters, but they have been criticised for the limited protection offered to 40,000 local CFA…