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20/10/2014 - 3:24pm

The sale of Medibank Private will see the biggest health insurance provider in Australia floated on the Australian stock market as early as November.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced on October 20 that the privatisation of Medibank will see the government-owned insurance company enter the top 100 companies on the ASX.

16/10/2014 - 3:29pm

The government has increased its rhetoric that a $7 GP co-payment charge will benefit the funding of medical services and support the medical and research community.

This month, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a united front in passing a rule change that he said is conditional on reaching the $20 billion target for the Medical Research Future Fund.

10/10/2014 - 12:26pm

Every person with diabetes is at risk of losing their eyesight. And yet, as few as one in five (20 per cent) Indigenous Australians suffering from diabetes will get their eyes regularly tested, in addition to only 50 per cent of non-Indigenous citizens. What's more, the low figures haven't changed over a decade. These are the recent findings of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), which show a need for increased support to improve eye care.

08/10/2014 - 2:44pm

In 1928, when Alexander Fleming discovered the bacteria penicillin growing in an old, discarded Petri dish, the medical world was turned on its head. It was some 11 years later when South Australian Howard Florey lead a team of British scientists to begin manufacturing the drug that would go on to save the lives of millions. 

08/10/2014 - 7:35am

October is officially Safe Work Australia Month, with individuals and businesses motivated to check their safety standards in the workplace. The month-long program aims to increase the knowledge and resources people have when considering workplace safety, and encourages them to take a closer look at the risks that exist to their health. 

The risks an individual may be exposed to in their professional life has a profound effect on their wellbeing, as well as an employer's relationship to health and safety.

01/10/2014 - 9:09am

Cardiovascular disease is a major problem that affects millions of Aussies. In fact, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 6 Australians suffer from cardiovascular health problems - that's 3.4 million people. One in 3 deaths in Australia were the result of cardiovascular problems as well. It's clear to many health specialists that heart health is a priority for care in Oz.

What is cardiovascular disease?

30/09/2014 - 8:33am

Australians pride themselves on having one of the best health care systems in the world. The country's public health care system is available to all residents, with private insurance options providing increased choice and attractive outcomes for those who choose to participate. Across the country, people depend on both public and private hospitals in the event of an emergency.

22/09/2014 - 8:54am

Because private health insurance provides consumers with more choices and reduces overall government spending, the Australian Government incentivises participation in the private system.

One way of doing this is by charging certain individuals a Medicare Levy Surcharge if they opt not to buy into the system. Another way of encouraging early participation is to charge people over the age of 30 a Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading.

What is LHC?

19/09/2014 - 8:43am

There are many ways to approach health care, but most experts agree that within developed countries, there should be minimal variation when it comes to tests and treatments. A report by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care titled 'Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia' recently found that there is significant variation across the country when it comes to treating patients. The key factor in all this variation? Geography.

Study finds variation in Australian care

17/09/2014 - 9:41am

This year, 5-11 October will mark the observation of Mental Health Week in Australia. With World Mental Health Day taking place on the 10th, the week is a good opportunity to reflect on mental health issues that continue to impact millions of people worldwide.

Mental illness in Australia

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