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April 2012 News

16/04/2012 - 5:16pm

Weight loss surgery may soon be offered by one hospital in the nation's capital in a bid to fight the state's rising levels of obesity.

According to The Canberra Times (April 15), Canberra Hospital is considering the action and has joined forces with obesity researchers from the Australian National University and University of Canberra to address the epidemic.

13/04/2012 - 5:22pm

More than 90 per cent of Australians are not getting enough sleep, according to the largest ever national sleep census.

A recent survey conducted by Queensland's CQUniversity found that just four per cent of the 13,089 respondents woke up feeling refreshed on a daily basis.

While sleep disturbances affected almost one in four Australians, there was a significant difference in the amount of sleep required to function effectively at work - management executives in particular felt they needed less shut-eye than other office workers, students or stay-at-home parents.

11/04/2012 - 4:54pm

New figures released by the federal government indicate that the Australian mental health workforce is continuing to grow.

According to the latest workforce information from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the number of psychiatrists - as well as those in training - has increased steadily in the four years to 2009.

"The number of nurses who work principally in mental health increased at an average yearly rate of 1.5 per cent over the same period," AIHW spokesperson Brent Diverty said today (April 11).

11/04/2012 - 3:41pm

A new report from two leading global health groups is calling on governments around the world to address the growing number of dementia cases.

According to the latest release from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), the predicted increase of dementia prevalence will rise from 35 million to over 115 million by 2050.

Titled Dementia: A Public Health Priority, the research also estimates the global cost of dementia to be more than US$600 billion per year.

10/04/2012 - 4:54pm

While many of us were indulging over the Easter break, April 7 marked an important annual event for adults around the globe - World Health Day.

Organised by the World Health Organisation, the day provides the opportunity to address issues and concerns of the world's population.

For Australians, the occasion brought attention to the needs of the country's ageing population.

05/04/2012 - 2:05pm

One of the country's leading health agencies is encouraging Australians to consider their health over the upcoming Easter period.

The Heart Foundation is urging adults to carefully select the confectionery they consume and consider the exercise required to burn off the energy.

"A little chocolate is okay as part of a balanced diet, but most of us tend to over-indulge at Easter," national chief executive of the Heart Foundation Lyn Roberts said today (April 5).

04/04/2012 - 3:58pm

The directors of two of Australia's private health insurance providers have spoken out against the approval process required for health fund premium rises.

Speaking to The Australian yesterday (April 3), Medibank Private chairman Paul McClintock questioned the role of health ministers in approving health fund premium rises.

03/04/2012 - 3:22pm

A key health facility in NSW's lower Hunter Valley is set to receive a multimillion-dollar upgrade.

The 24-bed Maitland Mental Health Unit will undergo a $2 million upgrade to help improve the areas used by both patients and visitors.

Work will include the creation of a family and carers office, a new reception at the entry to the unit and an update to staff offices to allow for greater privacy when working with patients.

According to service manager of Hunter Valley Mental Health Service Paul McCombie, there was a push to upgrade the 12-year-old facility.

02/04/2012 - 4:16pm

A leading health body is calling on the NSW state government to subsidise important medical procedures for patients with diabetes, following new research highlighting the link between weight loss surgery and the reversal of the disease.

According to Fairfax Media reports today (April 2), the Australian Diabetes Council has suggested that the O'Farrell government should provide funding for surgery such as gastric banding for obese Australians with diabetes.