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May 2013 News

31/05/2013 - 4:11pm

A report released yesterday (May 30) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) may encourage those who are sitting on the fence about updating their private health insurance policy to make a move.

Oral Health and Dental Care in Australia: Key Facts and Figures 2012 reveals that 58 per cent of the $7.9 billion spent on dental treatment in Australia between 2010 and 2011 came from the pockets of the people.

29/05/2013 - 4:43pm

The most recent National Health Performance Authority report reveals the number of patients developing blood infections from the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is highest in major hospitals.

S. aureus, or "Golden Staph", is a "potentially preventable" bloodstream infection that patients can develop whilst undergoing medical treatment in hospital.

28/05/2013 - 5:06pm

Labor's plans to cut Australia's private health insurance rebate system by $700 million during the next four years just got one step closer to becoming a reality.

The private health insurance rebate is a government-funded initiative that helps Australians cover health insurance payments.

27/05/2013 - 4:23pm

The Council of Australian Governments’ Reform Council revealed on Friday (May 24) that the number of obese and overweight Australians has risen by two per cent in the last four years.

This statistic has not come as a surprise to the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), who believe our "toxic" food environment is to blame.

"Only seven in 20 Australian adults are in the healthy weight range", says PHAA president Heather Yeatman.

24/05/2013 - 4:57pm

A study conducted by the Australian Health Review has revealed that hospital waiting lists and times are not getting any shorter, and this could be having a negative impact on patient health and quality of life.

Dr Julie Walters, who hails from the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, said that "government policies aimed at reducing waiting have had limited success". It is hoped that this study will shed some light on which areas need to be improved.

23/05/2013 - 4:42pm

Workers from around the world will today (May 23) begin a 16-week challenge to improve their health and lifestyle habits.

The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is now in its tenth year and will see 260,000 employees from more than 1,300 organisations located in 110 countries taking part.

The challenge involves a little friendly competition between co-workers and other organisations to step-up their daily activity levels. Its goal is to help workers improve their health and lifestyle habits, which will, in turn, create a healthier and more competitive workforce.

21/05/2013 - 4:39pm

National Palliative Care Week is once again upon us - an annual event organised by Palliative Care Australia to raise awareness about end-of-life issues.

Running from May 19 to 25, this year's event is centred on the idea that palliative care is "everyone's business" - that it will affect us all at some time.

A recent survey conducted by Palliative Care Australia revealed that an astonishing one in two respondents had not discussed any end-of-life-care decisions with their loved ones.

20/05/2013 - 4:21pm

There have been fears ever since the Medicare levy surcharge was increased in 2008 that approximately one million people would decide to opt out of having health insurance.

17/05/2013 - 4:33pm

Professor Mike Daube, a leading anti-tobacco campaigner, has today (May 17) revealed a 10-point plan that could see Australia being completely smoke-free within 15 years.

This plan was part of a paper, titled A Smoke-Free Australia: How Do We Get There?, which was presented at the Heart Foundation Conference this morning. This is a three-day event that is currently underway in Adelaide.

17/05/2013 - 8:12am

According to Global Professionals on the Move 2013 (a report commissioned by global specialist recruiter Hydrogen), Australia is the third most popular destination amongst professionals looking to relocate.

This is the fourth time such a report has been conducted, and it was contributed to by more than 2,000 people from 90 countries.