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03/08/2011 - 6:05pm

Prime minister Julia Gillard has announced improvements to Maroondah hospital as part of a nation wide health reform plan.

The improvements are expected in the areas of emergency treatment, elective surgery and an increase in sub-acute beds.

Ms Gillard says that new targets will provide better levels of care - such as a commitment by 2015 to treat 90 per cent of patients visiting the emergency treatment ward within four hours of arriving.

03/08/2011 - 4:43pm

Pathologists are urging men to start undergoing checks for prostate cancer as early as 40.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) yesterday (August 2) declared its stance on Prostate Specific Antigen blood testing, saying that the method should be introduced provided it is supported by proper guidelines and education.

RCPA president Paul McKenzie says: "Blood levels of PSA are currently the best readily available biomarker for detecting prostate cancer," adding that repeat testing is necessary to ensure accurate results.

02/08/2011 - 6:04pm

Most people struggle to find the enthusiasm to exercise, let alone the time.

The common problem is that a typical working day normally calls for exercise to be done either early in the morning or in the evening, when energy levels are often low.

This is especially relevant for working parents who need to drop kids off at school in the morning and pick them up and get ready for dinner in the afternoon.

However, many people are discovering the benefit of using their lunch hour for a quick bout of activity.

02/08/2011 - 6:03pm

Western Australia has agreed to go ahead with the federal government's multi-billion dollar national health and hospital funding reform.

15 months after Kevin Rudd introduced the deal as prime minister, Julia Gillard has reached a compromise with WA.

Ms Gillard has reportedly dropped plans to retain one third of the state's GST revenue.

Under the new plan, a national health funding pool will see $175 billion delivered by 2030.

One of the primary goals of the reform is to reduce waiting times for emergency care.

01/08/2011 - 6:00pm

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) aims to educate Australians about the threat of oral cancer during its annual Dental Health Week initiative.

According to the DHSV, three Australians are diagnosed with the condition every day, with only 50 per cent of sufferers expected to survive past five years.

No cure currently exists for such cancers, which develop in the mouth, lips and oral cavity.

Despite this, oral cancer awareness levels are comparatively low compared to other forms of cancer.

01/08/2011 - 5:59pm

A new website has been announced as part of a government initiative to keep people more informed about their dietary intake.

Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King says: "The website showcases the work of the Food and Health Dialogue … which brings together government, industry and public health groups with the aim of addressing poor dietary habits and making healthier food choices easier and more accessible for all Australians."

29/07/2011 - 6:31pm

There are many roles that require staff to travel as a part of their job.

Being a travelling employee can mean simple trips across the city, but it is not uncommon for some businesses to require their employees to travel interstate or even internationally.

Many companies have offices spread across the globe and require employees to regularly visit them to maintain efficient operations.

If this is the case, employers need to be sure their insurance strategy covers them for the time they spend in foreign countries.

29/07/2011 - 6:30pm

A report by Swiss Re of 13,800 people between the ages of 20 and 40 showed that only 47 per cent of respondents believe they are sufficiently covered by adequate health insurance.

67 per cent of those surveyed state that their monthly out-of-pocket costs are a major concern.

Furthermore, 40 per cent believe that their family would be at serious financial disadvantage in the event of developing a serious illness.

28/07/2011 - 6:59pm

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AHW) has found that one-third of Australians are holding off their next trip to the dentist because of the cost.

Dr Jane Harford, from AIHW's dental statistics and research unit, says: "Women, concession card holders, uninsured people and those who usually visited for a problem rather than a check-up, were more likely to avoid or delay dental visits.”

28/07/2011 - 6:57pm

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found a link between diabetes and poor mental health.

The research shows that people living with diabetes are more likely to suffer from high levels of psychological distress compared those without.

AIHW spokesperson Anne Broadbent says: "In 2007-08, almost 42 per cent of adults with diabetes also reported having medium, high or very high levels of psychological distress, compared with 32% of people without diabetes."

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