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August 2012 News

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/08/2012 - 12:53pm

Lismore Base Hospital has welcomed new PET/CT and MRI scanners funded by the NSW and commonwealth governments, providing the hospital with the latest and 'most sophisticated' diagnostic equipment.

Minister for health and medical research Jillian Skinner, minister for the North Coast Don Page and member for Lismore Thomas George visited Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday August 28, to be updated on the installation progress of the new equipment.

Written by: Edward Brewer
31/08/2012 - 12:52pm

The National Asthma Council has launched the first free iPhone asthma management app, in the lead up to National Asthma Week from September 1-7.

The app, named Asthma Buddy, was specifically developed for Australians and contains the information asthmatics need to help manage their condition, in the convenience of their phone.

National Asthma Council Australia director Dr Jonathan Burdon says the new app is a major step for the critical written asthma action plan, where the Asthma Buddy gives instant access to a personal asthma action plan.

Written by: Edward Brewer
30/08/2012 - 1:11pm

Kidney Health Australia is sharing the stories of several fathers who have had or are currently affected by kidney disease, in the lead up to the fundraising and awareness-raising event the BIG RED WALK.

The BIG RED WALK will take place this Father's Day on Sunday September 2, where families are encouraged to register and come along with dad to support the cause.

One of the father's sharing their story was Wayne McGlone from Victoria, who has been waiting four and a half years for a kidney transplant.

Written by: Suzanne Still
30/08/2012 - 1:10pm

A huge investment into Australia's dental health has been made by the federal government, with a landmark $4 billion being invested into dental services to address the 'increasingly poor oral health' of Australians, particularly low and middle income families.

This means that government-subsidised dental care is now available for more than three million children, as well as more than one million low income adults and Australians in rural areas.

Written by: Suzanne Still
29/08/2012 - 11:55am

A warning has been issued by NSW Health for the gastroenteritis epidemic that is currently sweeping the state, where more than 3,500 people have been to emergency departments in the past two weeks.

A number of cases involve primary school aged children who have been admitted to emergency departments for vomiting and diarrhoea.

People in nursing homes and child care centres have also been affected with 87 gastro cases confirmed in the last month - close to doubling the 48 outbreaks from August 2011.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/08/2012 - 11:53am

The Victorian coalition government is making progress in their $151 million initiative to boost ambulance services, with minister for health David Davis announcing on August 28, that 113 new paramedics and 30 patient transport officers have been deployed across the state.

"The Victorian Coalition government is committed to ensuring all Victorians have access to the highest quality ambulance service delivering timely responses during emergencies," Mr Davis said.

Written by: Jethro Still
28/08/2012 - 3:19pm

Health insurer nib stated in their directors report that capital management was a 'key focus' during the year as they seeked to balance the goals of optimising capital and holding onto funds for 'funding potential investments via mergers and acquisitions'.

The full year results for the financial year ending 30 June 2012 were announced on Monday August 20, where they performed well in underwriting profitability and active capital management.

Written by: Edward Brewer
28/08/2012 - 11:05am

Eye health experts will gather together in Hobart this weekend to address the Tasmanian Lifestyle Congress 2012 - raising awareness about the importance of Tasmanians taking good care of their eyes.

The parliamentary secretary for small business Rebecca White said that international and local speakers will make an appearance, where the congress will bring delegates and exhibitors "involved in optometry, ophthalmology and the eye care health professions".

Written by: Edward Brewer
27/08/2012 - 10:59am

The Australian Melanoma Genome Project - dedicated to identifying effective treatments for patients based on the genetic characteristics of individual melanomas - was launched by the minister for health and minister for medical research Jillian Skinner on August 24.

The NSW government has committed $500,000 toward the $5.5 million dollar initiative, which was put together by the Melanoma Institute Australia to "encourage greater knowledge and understanding about treatment of the disease".

Written by: Edward Brewer
27/08/2012 - 10:58am

A poll commissioned by the National Stroke Foundation found that only six per cent of those surveyed named stroke as a health concern, with one per cent mentioning stroke as their biggest worry.

Chief executive of the Stroke Foundation Dr Erin Lalor said that the survey highlights a 'dangerous level of ignorance' about the prevalence of a stroke - where it is Australia's second biggest cause of death.

"One in six people have a stroke in their lifetime and yet we are still struggling to get the message out that stroke matters," Dr Lalor said.