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January 2014 News

31/01/2014 - 3:13pm

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of the deadliest form of ovarian cancer.

Serious forms of ovarian cancer spread rapidly throughout the abdominal area and ultimately become resistant to chemotherapy treatments. The QUT scientists have now identified the two enzymes that encourage the chemotherapy resistance.

28/01/2014 - 11:38pm

More Australians are having their lives transformed through organ donation than ever before, according to Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash.

In 2013, organ donation rates across Australia reached an all-time high since records began in 1989.

The record was revealed via figures released by the Australian and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) and the Organ and Tissue Authority on January 29.

27/01/2014 - 11:30pm

The number of Queenslanders waiting more than 90 days for semi-urgent surgery has fallen by almost 50 per cent over the past two years, according to a January 27 governmental media release.

In the March quarter of 2012, more than 4,900 Queenslanders were recorded on the 'long wait' list for semi-urgent surgery in public hospitals in the state. This number had fallen by 2,191 people (44 per cent) in December 2013.

24/01/2014 - 3:51pm

When you're trying to decide which health insurance policy is best for your needs, it may help you to understand the insurance industry as a whole.

While the complex technical workings of insurance companies can be confusing for those of us on the outside, insurance is a simple concept to explain.

The term 'insurance' is used to explain products offered to consumers to mitigate risk and provide financial compensation in the event of adverse, unforeseen circumstances.

24/01/2014 - 3:48pm

If you are heading into hospital and you hold private health insurance, there are a few things you may need to know before being admitted.

Your rights and responsibilities as a private patient should remain consistent whether you receive treatment in a public or private hospital, but it's important to understand both sides of these entitlements.


Your doctor should keep you up to date and informed on all steps of your diagnosis, treatment and recovery plans.

23/01/2014 - 3:44pm

On April 1, 2014, annual health insurance premiums will rise by an average of 6.2 per cent, which could put Australian households hundreds of dollars out of pocket this year.

The Australian government approved the increase on December 23, 2013, which will see individual private health insurance funds increase their premiums 3 per cent upwards.

21/01/2014 - 11:35pm

If you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get fit in 2014, you are not alone.

Losing weight was the number one resolution made in the early hours of January 1, 2014, according to statistics released by the University of Scranton this year.

As January approaches its end and your New Year's resolutions turn one month old, you may find staying on top of your fitness goals is harder than you expected.

20/01/2014 - 3:16pm

When you are considering private health insurance, there are a number of decisions you need to make.

One of the biggest choices is, of course, which kind of private health cover will be best for your unique situation and needs.

In order to choose the most suitable cover for you and your family, it is important to understand the choices available.

Hospital cover

19/01/2014 - 11:20pm

Researchers from across the globe seem to agree that happy employees are more productive and innovative than their disgruntled counterparts.

Studies from Gallup-Healthways, Harvard Business Review and many other sources all seem to agree, the happier and more engaged an employee is, the more your business will benefit.

Keeping your staff happy can profit your company through decreased absenteeism, improved creativity and a healthier environment in which to build working relationships.

So how can you ensure your employees stay happy and productive?

15/01/2014 - 11:09pm

If you've been putting off purchasing private health insurance you may have heard the term Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) and wondered what it meant for you.

What is Lifetime Health Cover?

LHC is an initiative designed by the government to encourage people to take out and maintain hospital insurance earlier in life.

Started by the government in July 1, 2000, LHC is a financial loading scheme that applies to those people who wait until after their 31st birthdays to purchase hospital cover.