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January 2012 News

27/01/2012 - 2:40pm

National mental health group beyondblue has appointed a new chief execute officer - former ACT chief minister Kate Carnell.

Director of beyondblue since 2008 and Deputy Chair since 2010, Ms Carnell replaces Dawn O'Neil - who left her post last September.

"I am really excited about the opportunity to lead beyondblue during its next phase of growth," she said (January 23).

27/01/2012 - 1:45pm

While it is predicted that more than 171,000 employees will falsely call in sick to work today, it may be the sign of a much larger problem.

Direct Health Solutions absenteeism expert Paul Dundon told the Herald Sun today (January 27) that the rate of those taking a "sickie" was expected to rise from 3.5 per cent to 5 per cent.

"It's a massive impact on businesses," he told the News Limited source.

However the desire to maximise on a four-day weekend may also come as a result of depression in the workplace.

25/01/2012 - 3:20pm

Dental hygiene goes beyond brushing twice a day and the occasional visit to the dentist, according to experts.

Speaking to body+soul magazine, Sydney-based holistic dental surgeon Dr Nader Malik explained that the state of our mouth can often indicate other health issues such as acid reflux or the risk of heart disease.

"The teeth and the entire mouth give us important clues as to what may be happening in a person's body," Dr Malik told the News Limited source yesterday (January 24).

24/01/2012 - 2:26pm

The Queensland government has unveiled a comprehensive new plan to replace the outgoing health body - whose abolishment was revealed in December.

In an announcement by premier Anna Bligh on January 21, the government has received a final report regarding the plan, which outlines the creation of two smaller agencies - Health and Hospitals Queensland (HHQ) and Health Corporate Services Authority (HCSA).

23/01/2012 - 5:40pm

Families around the country are being encouraged to assess their health and lifestyle this week as part of a new initiative.

Australia's Healthy Weight Week looks to raise awareness about the importance of achieving and maintaining a suitable weight and active lifestyle.

The national event is run by the Dietitians Association of Australia and concludes on January 29.

20/01/2012 - 5:39pm

The federal government's plan to means test the private health insurance rebate may be in doubt, after independent MP Andrew Wilkie indicated that he was withdrawing his support.

"Because a lot of time has passed since then, I now need to look afresh at that issue and look afresh at the evidence I had then and see if there is any new evidence," he told News Limited today (January 20).

19/01/2012 - 5:40pm

Federal health minister Tanya Plibersek has responded to the latest annual report from the Private Health Insurance Administration Council released yesterday (January 18)

The independent regulator of the industry found that not only were 45.3 per cent of Australians covered by hospital treatment insurance at June 30 2011, but more public hospital cases were being covered by insurance.

18/01/2012 - 5:34pm

One of Australia's largest private health insurance providers has helped launch a new iPhone app today (January 18) to aid shoppers in making healthier choices at the supermarket.

Bupa is hoping that the FoodSwitch app will encourage households around the country to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by making better decisions about what they are eating.

17/01/2012 - 5:19pm

The federal government has made a draft National Mental Health Reform plan available for public consultation.

The announcement was made by the minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler - in conjunction with minister for families Jenny Macklin - today (January 17).

The 42-page draft roadmap comes after an agreement was reached by the Council of Australian Governments last August to designate representatives from each state and territory to better develop a national focus on mental health.

16/01/2012 - 5:37pm

Public hospitals in South Australia are struggling to cope with elective surgeries demands, causing the number of patients treated within an acceptable time to deteriorate over the past 12 months, according to the opposition government.

State shadow minister for health and ageing Martin Hamilton-Smith believes that based on new figures, the number of urgent elective surgery patients who had not received treatment within the 30 day timeframe had increased by one per cent since the last financial year.