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18/08/2016 - 11:35am

Planning to have a baby? Make sure your private health cover is up to scratch at least 12 months in advance of the the expected delivery date.

Raising a child is often considered a matter of planning more than anything else. Where are they going to sleep, when are you going to take time off work, are you in the right financial place to be able to support them adequately - these are only a few of the questions that many potential parents are going to be asking themselves.

21/07/2016 - 3:55pm

According to the 2015 edition of the Stress and Wellbeing Survey from the Australian Psychological Association (APA), last year was a difficult one for the mental health of the nation as a whole. One in three of us reported having a significant level of distress in life, while anxiety symptoms were the highest they have been for the last five years.

20/07/2016 - 9:55am

Diabetes is likely one of the most common chronic diseases in modern Australia, with 1.2 million people across the nation now living with it, according to the World Health Organisation. This in itself is a troubling number, and it is not an Australia-only problem; it is a global concern. However, what is even more worrying is the apparent acceleration of this issue, as Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson explains:

20/07/2016 - 9:53am

Winter is a time of year that is often dreaded by many Australians. The days get shorter, the nights get darker, the weather gets colder and more miserable - many people likely wish we could skip straight from autumn into spring.

18/07/2016 - 10:00am

If you aren't part of the recent "Pokemon Go" craze, you will still almost certainly be aware of it. Large groups of people, young and old, all wandering about the cities, streets and roads of our nation, eyes glued to their phones. We've been seeing this sort of behaviour for years, a byproduct of the digital age: But the enormous success of the Pokemon Go game has turned this level of distracted walking up to 11.

11/07/2016 - 11:31am

It's an established fact that a healthier workforce is a happier and more productive workforce. Keeping your staff able-bodied translates directly to better business outcomes in everyday operations, but we still have a problem when it comes to health in Australia.

17/06/2016 - 4:23pm

The 40-hour working week has become a standard in Australia; five days a week, nine in the morning to five in the evening. It's become such a common idea that people often forget just how much time this is, particularly in regards to how it affects their health. Mankind never evolved to be sat at a desk for eight hours a day, after all. For 13 per cent of the population, that 40-hour week stretches to 50 or more, according to the OECD.

14/06/2016 - 2:37pm

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was once quoted as saying "Youth is the most beautiful thing in this world - and what a pity that it has to be wasted on the children". This phrase has now entered common parlance, though a little more concisely: "Youth is wasted on the young". There might be a certain truth to it too, but it is perhaps more telling of the power of hindsight rather than the behaviour of young Australians.

19/05/2016 - 5:44pm

Disability is a wide and complex topic, and can be a difficult subject to talk about. Whether from birth or from an incident later in life, disability can make a huge difference to how you interact with the world and the people within it - and, of course, vice versa.

As Australians live longer, disability will shortly become less of an outlier and more of an expected part of life, especially in old age. However, with the right cover, living with disability does not have to be difficult.

19/04/2016 - 4:18pm

Family planning is perhaps one of the most common reasons why people look to refresh their private health insurance. No longer are you taking care of yourselves as a couple, there's a whole new human to add to the equation. 

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