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05/05/2015 - 11:56am

Australia is an attractive place for foreign citizens to come and work. Our weather is the envy of much of the world, and when you consider such natural wonders as Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef, and our miles of white sand beaches, it's easy to see why many choose to join us Down Under.

There's also the relatively healthy job market, which welcomes workers who have particular skills, allowing our economy to strengthen in the process.

01/05/2015 - 11:19am

When starting your health insurance policy, it's important to be in the know. While some people find the concept a little confusing, a quick talk with their insurance broker should be enough to clear up any issues or concerns people may typically have.

After all, the health industry is a rather complex one, and certain terms can create confusion - and many sound rather ominous in themselves. One that may fall into both of these categories is the medical gap.

28/04/2015 - 4:32pm

As you look into purchasing health insurance in Australia, you'll notice that not everything is immediately covered. While hospital cover is one of the basic parts of a standard policy, there are extras to think about - such as eye care, physiotherapy and dentistry.

27/04/2015 - 4:02pm

Not everyone understands what a corporate health plan is for - particularly business owners. While some are reaping the rewards of a carefully crafted policy, others have either inherited one from a previous director or simply avoided engaging with the idea altogether.

20/04/2015 - 11:15am

If you've planned a holiday, you'll have a checklist of things to do. Book the time off work, organise flights, buy suitable clothes, arrange for someone to look after your pets - the jobs go on.

This exhaustive to-do list is perhaps why many people don't even think about travel insurance until it comes to the point of purchase. Whether you are shopping online or with a travel agent, the pressure to say yes often leaves holiday-makers with an impulse decision to make.

14/04/2015 - 4:03pm

When it comes to promoting a healthy culture in the workplace, there are generally three types of employer: those who understand the benefits of a program to boost it and are doing so; those who understand the benefits but are lost on how to do so; and those who have no stance in making such an improvement.

The factor that may be holding back many in the latter category is a recognition of the importance of such an issue. Does improving employee wellbeing really have a positive effect on the business?

10/04/2015 - 5:06pm

Do you have any complaints or concerns surrounding your private health insurance?

Some Australians do, and will turn to their health funds for advice. However, many others are not receiving the level of service they would like from their insurance providers, a recent report suggests.

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) - the body responsible for monitoring the industry and handling customer problems and enquiries - has released its annual report over the concerns of private health insurance customers.

09/04/2015 - 10:32am

It is a sign of Australia's quickly growing population that newborns are brought into the world with increasing frequency each year.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 251,161 births in 2003, while that figure jumped to 309,582 only 10 years later.

07/04/2015 - 5:48pm

At the start of this month, the Australian government pushed ahead with the annual rise in premiums for health insurance policyholders.

Announced in March, health insurance premiums have risen by an average of 6.18 per cent. However, this has varied depending on the health fund and product in question. The actual premium rise for an individual has been anywhere between 3.98 and 6.99 per cent.

07/04/2015 - 2:22pm

In a country of more than 23 million, around half of the Australian population have private health insurance. But why, you may ask.

All Australian residents have access to free public health services through Medicare, after all, so what causes such a large portion of Australians to turn to the private system, which is accessible through a health fund?

Here, we take a look at some of the reasons:

For added choice and control