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November 2012 News

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/11/2012 - 3:11pm

Family health insurance is one way of helping you to look after the health and wellbeing of your children, but exercise and healthy eating also plays a big part in ensuring this too.

VicHealth's Walk to School campaign saw primary school children across Victoria travel a combined distance of 241,115 kilometres - this length equal to walking the circumference of the earth six times.

Written by: Jethro Still
29/11/2012 - 1:23pm

NSW Health is urging people to 'take the risk of heat-related illness seriously' after the Bureau of Meteorology predicted that parts of New South Wales would be hit by a heat wave in the coming days. 

Western NSW, the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney are expected to reach the 'high 30s and early 40s' this week and over the weekend.

Written by: Edward Brewer
28/11/2012 - 3:29pm

Indigenous children in the Northern Territory are said to have made improvements in oral and ear health, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on November 28.

The Child Health Check Initiative (CHCI) Closing the Gap (CtG) program saw the funding of audiology and ear, nose and throat (ENT) and dental services from August 2007 to June 2012, with the report presenting information about this period.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/11/2012 - 3:28pm

Do you find yourself confused when looking at food labels? How much fat is too much? Is that enough fibre in a loaf of bread?

It can be difficult to determine what exactly a healthy choice is with the amount of information printed on food packaging.

You will know what to look out for the next time you visit the supermarket, with the help of Nutrition Australia's Pocket Guide to Food Choices.

Written by: Edward Brewer
27/11/2012 - 4:28pm

A recent report, Trends in hospitalised childhood injury in Australia: 1999-2007, has found that between the years of 1999-00 and 2006-07 the number of boys hospitalised for injury is almost twice that of girls.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the report on November 22, revealing that nearly half a million children aged 0 to 14 were hospitalised for injury in this period, with on average 60,000 children hospitalised each year.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/11/2012 - 4:26pm

Getting set up with Australian health insurance can benefit you in ensuring you get the appropriate medical treatment and care - something which is important especially as you reach your older years.

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on November 23 has revealed that older Australians are living longer and on average are getting more years of life without 'severe or profound limitations' to their daily activities.

Written by: Jethro Still
26/11/2012 - 4:07pm

This is the time of the year that many people decide to lock in their holiday plans, with some heading to the island paradise of Fiji and others to the winter wonderland of Canada.

Just as having private health insurance helps you to have some sense of control of your health and treatment options, a travel insurance plan can also aid in granting some control in sticky situations overseas.

Written by: Edward Brewer
26/11/2012 - 3:54pm

Over 1100 new Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections were diagnosed in Australia last year, an increase of 8.2 per cent on 2010. There is no cure or vaccine for HIV and Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease (AIDS), and the disease can affect anyone.

The transmission of HIV can be stopped though, and by becoming informed about how the disease is transmitted and how we can protect ourselves, we can help to prevent its spread.

Written by: Suzanne Still
26/11/2012 - 3:52pm

A new booklet written by Australia's top immunologists has set out to clear up confusion about immunisation and dispel common myths.

The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers was published by the Australian Academy of Science and launched today (November 26) by the academy president professor Suzanne Cory.

"The academy is strongly committed to ensuring that every Australian has the opportunity to understand scientific issues and base their decisions on the best available evidence," Professor Cory said.

Written by: Edward Brewer
23/11/2012 - 12:12pm

A new $185 million research facility at Australia's oldest medical research institute, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, was officially opened in Melbourne yesterday (November 22).

Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu was joined by parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King, cancer survivors who benefitted from an institute discovery and staff of the institute in the facility's opening.