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May 2012 News

Written by: Jethro Still
16/05/2012 - 1:14pm

The spouses and relatives caring for those suffering from anxiety or depression may be putting their own health at risk, according to a new study by Wesley Mission.

Titled Keeping minds well: Caring till it hurts, the charity's latest report found that almost 90 per cent of people who have cared for someone with a mental health issue reported a harmful impact on their own physical and mental wellbeing, as well as employment and financial situation.

Written by: Suzanne Still
15/05/2012 - 5:58pm

New research from a leading health body has indicated that morbidly obese women in Australia and New Zealand may be at greater risk of complications during pregnancy.

According to data from the Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS), women with a body mass index of greater than 50 are twice as likely to require a caesarean
delivery than other expectant mothers.

Written by: Jethro Still
15/05/2012 - 3:16pm

A new mother-baby service will be developed by Ballarat Health Services in regional Victoria as part of a $6 million package outlined in the state government's latest budget.

In an announcement by mental health minister Mary Wooldridge and premier Ted Baillieu last week (May 11), the five-bed Ballarat facility comes in addition to the government-funded places at the Monash Medical Centre, Austin Hospital and Werribee Mercy Hospital, and will provide an essential service to local residents. 

Written by: Suzanne Still
14/05/2012 - 5:20pm

Reduced access to office emails may lead to employees becoming less stressed and more focused, according to a new study.

Research published by the University of California has revealed that employees who were removed from their work email for five days experienced more natural, variable heart rates.

Operating in less of a "high alert" state, the workers also switched windows half as often while working on the computer, only 18 times in an hour rather than the average of 37 times.

Written by: Jethro Still
14/05/2012 - 4:21pm

The NSW government has announced the commencement of work at a new health facility in the coastal town of Woy Woy.

A 30-bed sub-acute geriatric rehabilitation unit will be added to Woy Woy Hospital, through a project worth $14 million.

According to state health minister Jillian Skinner, the project - which was made possible by a $9 million grant from the federal government - includes a courtyard area to be used for therapy treatments, a gymnasium and additional parking for visitors.

Written by: Jethro Still
11/05/2012 - 5:46pm

The New South Wales town of Raymond Terrace is set to receive a boost to its health facilities, with the Joint Regional Planning Panel approving a new medical centre yesterday (May 10).

The $10.6 million health clinic is due to open at the end of 2013, and will provide access to general practitioners and public dental services, as well as eight renal dialysis chairs and visiting pathology specialists. 

State government member for Port Stephens Craig Baumann believes that the centre will help to meet the needs of local patients, both now and in the future.

Written by: Suzanne Still
10/05/2012 - 6:02pm

One of Australia's leading diet experts believes that Mother's Day this year may provide the perfect opportunity for families to focus on their health and lifestyle.

Speaking to the Herald Sun today (May 10), dietitian Karen Inge urged mothers around the country to consider their weight and risk of disease in a bid to look after themselves and ensure that they live for as long as possible.

According to Ms Inge, obesity is one of the biggest health issues facing women at the moment.

Written by: Jethro Still
10/05/2012 - 5:15pm

Following on from its State Budget announcement last week, the Victorian government has revealed more details surrounding its investment in health.

Health minister David Davis outlined $364 million in hospital redevelopment plans, which will aim to increase services to key areas.

The $447.5 million Box Hill Hospital redevelopment and the $630 million Bendigo Hospital project are among the most significant sites to receive funding.

Written by: Suzanne Still
09/05/2012 - 5:44pm

The low-income threshold for the Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge will be raised, treasurer Wayne Swan announced last night (May 8) as part of the 2012-13 Federal Budget.

In line with a rise in the Consumer Price Index, the Medicare Levy threshold will increase by $565 to $19,404 for singles, while couples will see their threshold jump to $32,743.

Written by: Jethro Still
09/05/2012 - 4:07pm

Regional education provider Charles Sturt University is set to add a new family medical practice to its Bathurst campus, thanks to $6 million in funding announced as part of the 2012-13 Federal Budget.

The new facility will be built as part of the university's health and wellness precinct, alongside the existing community dental and oral health clinic and the yet-to-be-built $7 million Allied Health Clinic.