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June 2015 News

30/06/2015 - 10:50am

Towards the end of last year, Australia's largest health insurance provider, Medibank, underwent a stark transformation as the company was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

The stock traded initially for $2.15 to institutional buyers and $2 to the public - including policyholders, who were given the option of registering for more shares than non-Medibank customers.

24/06/2015 - 12:49pm

The United States may be infamous for its health care - especially in terms of cost and the availability of it. However, the country is doing much to try and balance it in terms of quality.

In particular, the US is on a path of digitalisation, utilising current and upcoming technologies to find new cost savings - and provide a better level of care in the process.

22/06/2015 - 12:54pm

When you last visited a health care professional, what did you think of the waiting time? A new piece of research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that many Australians considered the time they spent before seeing a doctor, nurse or GP too long.

17/06/2015 - 2:55pm

Generations come and go, and with that comes widespread change. Because generational crossovers happen gradually, not all at once, the difference is often seen over time, though that makes it no less substantial.

For example, the millennial generation - those most commonly defined as being born between 1981 to 1997 - have a unique set of values and motives that allow employers to get the most out of them in the workplace.

12/06/2015 - 10:13am

Many an Australian heads off to the US to seek their own version of the American Dream.

Historically, the United States has been the most visited country by Australian holiday-makers, and looking at Australian Bureau of Statistics data, it's not fallen out of the top three in the past few decades. At the turn of the millennium, 11.1 per cent of all Aussies going on holiday jumped the Pacific and headed to the States.

11/06/2015 - 4:07pm

We recently touched upon the types of illnesses people tend to suffer from during the winter months. When the temperature drops, many people are more at risk when they have existing conditions such as asthma and heart problems.

Even without such issues, winter is a constant battle trying to fight off cold and flu viruses - ones that can put people out of work for days or even weeks.

09/06/2015 - 10:12am

The winter months may be a welcome reprieve from the sweltering hot Australian summers; however, they are typically a time when people fall ill, too.

Winter illnesses are as common Down Under as anywhere else in the world. The reasons are numerous, but many put it down to an immune system that is overloaded in the colder months or a general lack of exercise.

05/06/2015 - 4:10pm

Many Australians are looking to expand their families with either their first child or by adding another to the flock.

Such family planning has even increased in the past decade or so, as Australia's population boom continues.

According to the most recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 307,000 Australian mothers gave birth to more than 312,000 babies in 2012 - a 3.4 per cent increase from 2011 and an impressive 21.5 per cent rise since 2003.

In fact, the birth rate is at its highest level in a decade.

04/06/2015 - 6:08pm

Australia is an attractive place to work for many people all over the world. On top of the typically warm climate and a famously laid-back culture, our economy supports people who want to lend their skills to our talent pool.

After all, we're the sixth biggest country in the world with a population around a third the size of the UK and one-fourteenth that of the US, so there's room to grow.

01/06/2015 - 11:53am

You may have heard that the Australian population is growing, but do you know by how much?

According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there is a birth in the country every one minute and 44 seconds, while one death happens every three minutes and 27 seconds - meaning there are almost two births for every death.

On top of this, an international migrant takes residence in Australia every two minutes and 13 seconds. Overall, this has led to the total population increasing by one person every one minute and 21 seconds.