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April 2012 News

Written by: Suzanne Still
24/04/2012 - 6:58pm

Based on the new rebate system introduced by the Gillard government, health insurance premiums are set to increase dramatically from July 1. If you are classified as a high income earner - for example, a single person earning over $130,000 - the rebate on your health insurance would be slashed from 30 per cent to nil.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/04/2012 - 6:21pm

A new Australian study has been launched to assess whether childhood dental problems could lead to poorer health later in life.

The University of Queensland Children's Nutrition Research Centre (School of Medicine) and School of Dentistry is currently investigating whether young Australians may be modifying their diets to accommodate for undiagnosed dental problems.

23/04/2012 - 4:27pm

Almost half of Australian women trying to conceive are experiencing difficulty, according to a new study.

A survey conducted by ovulation and pregnancy test company Clearblue revealed that while more than half of women in the country wanted children at some point, 70 per cent of respondents stated that they knew of at least one person in their social circle who has had problems conceiving.

23/04/2012 - 3:09pm

A new survey by Choice has revealed that many families and high income earners remain confused about the upcoming means testing of the private health insurance rebate.

According to the consumer group, it will cost less to take out basic hospital cover than to pay the government's Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) in most cases when means testing begins.

20/04/2012 - 5:46pm

The federal government has announced a revamp of the country's aged care system, providing the opportunity for more Australians to remain at home while receiving care.

In what prime minister Julia Gillard and minister for ageing Mark Butler have heralded as landmark changes, the $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better initiative outlines a ten-year plan to increase the number of home care packages, as well as providing additional funding for dementia care in aged care.

20/04/2012 - 5:02pm

The internet is changing the way adults are accessing information about their health and wellbeing, according to the latest report from the Health Research Institute at professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Titled Social media likes healthcare: From marketing to social business, the survey revealed that one-third of consumers now use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and online forums for health-related matters.

19/04/2012 - 5:23pm

Maintaining a positive outlook in life may help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study.

Research by the Harvard School of Public Health - published in the April 17 edition of the Psychological Bulletin - has found that positive psychological wellbeing may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes.

According to lead author Julia Boehm, the presence of positivity is a powerful health tool.

19/04/2012 - 3:37pm

A new study has found that one in five Australians expects to be treated with antibiotics for coughs and colds this winter.

The latest data from independent researchers at the National Prescribing Service (NPS) has revealed that 80 per cent of adults assume they will be issued with a prescription when visiting their GP for an ear, nose, throat or chest infection.

According to NPS clinical adviser Danielle Stowasser, Australians are amongst some of the highest users of antibiotics in the developed world, with around 22 million prescriptions written every year.

17/04/2012 - 6:41pm

The nation's capital is set to be home to a new super clinic, catering to local residents with and without private health insurance.

Based at the University of Canberra (UC), the new four-storey medical practice will incorporate the clinic, a pharmacy, pathology labs, radiology and psychology services, as well as house training facilities for the university and other health tenants.

17/04/2012 - 6:06pm

One Australian health expert is urging the industry to overhaul kidney waiting list guidelines in a bid to address the country's low transplant numbers.

According to a new study published in the latest Internal Medicine Journal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, only 18 per cent of dialysis patients in Australia aged under 65 are on a waiting list for a transplant.

This figure lags significantly behind other countries around the world - Australia recorded 20 per cent lower than Britain and France, as well as 15 per cent lower than the US.