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January 2012 News

31/01/2012 - 3:10pm

An Australian study has found a new way to help reduce heart disease - and all it takes is putting the kettle on.

Researchers found that consuming the equivalent of eight cups of black tea a day could help lower blood pressure and reduce the rate of heart disease by 10 per cent.

Lead author Research Professor Jonathan Hodgson of University of Western Australia's School of Medicine and Pharmacology believed that lowering blood pressure was the key.

31/01/2012 - 3:09pm

An independent report into a state government policy outlining a four-hour time limit for hospital treatment in Western Australia has found that staff are feeling pressured to rush treatment.

Led by retired neurosurgeon Bryant Stokes, the Four Hour Rule Program Progress and Issue Review found that nurses and fellow medical staff were feeling frustrated and fatigued as they worked to achieve the tight deadline.

Introduced in 2009, the rule aims to have emergency department patients seen and admitted, discharged or transferred within a four-hour timeframe.

31/01/2012 - 3:07pm

As part of the ongoing reform of Queensland Health, premier Anna Bligh announced yesterday (January 30) that a new body will be established to address mental health in the state.

The premier received a report from the Queensland Mental Health Commission Advisory Committee, outlining 14 key recommendations.

"The recommendations have been developed with input from people living with mental illness, and from service providers, clinicians, families and carers in all parts of Queensland," Ms Bligh asserted.

31/01/2012 - 3:05pm

A state health minister has expressed concerns over the federal government's ability to implement new national health reforms on time.

Victorian health minister David Davis told The Australian (January 27) that the delays could lead to financial uncertainty in public hospitals.

According to the news source, Mr David is believed to have raised his concerns with federal health minister Tanya Plibersek.

31/01/2012 - 3:02pm

One in three Australians without ambulance cover would not call for emergency assistance if they thought they were having a heart attack, according to a new survey.

Results of a National Heart Foundation of Australia study indicated that while 84 per cent of those in Queensland and Tasmania would call for an ambulance in the situation, only 67 per cent of those in other states would contact 000.

The reason for the difference was access to universal ambulance cover, which Queensland and Tasmania offer.

30/01/2012 - 5:31pm

While Victorians are continuing to cut back on their smoking habit and increase their level of physical exercise, residents are still failing to eat enough fruits and vegetables.

The latest Victorian Population Health Survey results indicate that more than 80 per cent of adults reporting their health as excellent, very good or good.

According to state health minister David Davis, the annual survey showed that there was room for improvement.

30/01/2012 - 2:57pm

The union representing Queensland's health workers believes that the state government is rushing to abolish the department.

The re-structuring - announced by premier Anna Bligh on January 21 - will see the creation of two smaller agencies as well as health and hospital networks at both a local and state level.

However secretary for the Together health union Alex Scott believes that the change is being rushed through without careful consideration.

30/01/2012 - 2:45pm

As children prepare to return to school this week, leading health experts are reminding parents of the importance of addressing all aspects of their child's wellbeing.

According to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Health Clinics manager Allison Vautin, now is also the time for children to have their eyes checked by specialists.

30/01/2012 - 2:44pm

As federal parliament prepares for its first sitting of 2012, health minister Tanya Plibersek has hinted at what the new year might have in store for the health of Australians.

Speaking to a local News Limited publication, Ms Plibersek claimed the distribution of funding will be one of the first challenges she faces in the new job.

27/01/2012 - 5:35pm

A leading health body has released an update to its iPhone app, making it easier to remember when to take your medication.

The Medicines List iPhone app - developed by the National Prescribing Service (NPS) - now allows users to set an alarm prompting them to take the correct dose at the appropriate point in the day.

The technology also allows users to record whether they took their medicine on time - and if not, provide a reason why it did not happen.