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17/06/2014 - 8:09pm

What makes a healthy workplace? Is it the physical layout of the office, the corporate culture in action, or the number of health initiatives in place?

While all of these play can play a crucial role in keeping staff members in the best condition, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) is urging organisations to consider the part that mental health and wellbeing plays as well.

17/06/2014 - 3:20pm

A new report from the COAG Reform Council has highlighted the positive progress in Australian health outcomes, with life expectancy and other indicators seeing particularly strong improvements.

According to the research, over the past five years the Australian life expectancy rates for men and women have grown significantly. Currently, the male life expectancy rate is 79.9 years while the rate for females is even higher at 84.3 years, putting Australians at a favourable advantage compared to many other countries around the globe.

13/06/2014 - 7:32pm

Staff productivity is essential for business success in every industry, but improving this aspect of the workplace could be easier said than done. There are many external factors competing for an employee's attention throughout the workday, and this can often have a significant impact on the amount and quality of work produced.

Understanding and adapting to these factors is crucial to raising productivity levels in your organisation. A new survey has provided further insight into this area by identifying some of the top 'productivity killers' in place today.

11/06/2014 - 8:41pm

While there are many harmful strains of bacteria, the human body is also a natural home to many different types of beneficial bacteria and other organisms. In particular, the natural bacteria found in the human gut have been linked to several important roles in human health and wellbeing.

These include assisting the digestive system and even supporting better immune function. A new study has found a link between exercise and the variety of bacteria located in the gut, providing further clues to the role these organisms play in human health.

11/06/2014 - 8:41pm

Employers will be looking to hire more permanent staff members in the areas of marketing, engineering and operational management in the coming financial year, according to the 2014 Hays Salary Guide.

The Hays Salary Guide is an annual report looking into more than 1,000 salaries across Australia and New Zealand. Employers are asked about salary policy, recruitment trends, diversity, employer branding and their economic outlook for the year ahead.

10/06/2014 - 7:32pm

Many people choose to take multivitamins or other health supplements in order to top up on nutrients they may be missing out on through their normal diet. Others choose to look into herbal remedies or traditional folk medicines as a complement to modern health care.

10/06/2014 - 7:31pm

June 9-15 is International Men's Health Week, and it's the perfect opportunity to learn more about what you can do to protect your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The event is all about celebrating the everyday achievements of boys and men everywhere, while getting healthier in the process.

Men's Health Week is focused on two main components. The first looks at the factors in male environments that can influence health outcomes, while the second is about resolving issues and creating positive environments.

01/06/2014 - 9:05am

Whether you're jetting off overseas or staying closer to home, a holiday can be just the break you need to get you refreshed and recharged. Depending on the destination, you could be in for some amazing experiences - trekking through majestic mountains, relaxing poolside with a good book, or skiing down snow-covered slopes.

However, before you start planning your dream holiday it's important to consider how your list of activities and attractions could influence your travel insurance options.

28/05/2014 - 7:17pm

We need plenty of different nutrients to support our bodies, and it can understandably be difficult getting enough variety into your plate on a daily basis.

However, when it comes to the important issue of brain health, Australians may need to start paying more attention to their dietary habits. 

A new survey commissioned by Souvenaid has found that declines in memory function is one of the top age-related health concerns for Australians. The survey was carried out by Galaxy Research and focused on 1,000 respondents from both genders.

28/05/2014 - 7:15pm

When it comes to seeking the right health care treatments for a medical condition or concern, how informed are you about the complete range of options available to you? Do you feel you could make an accurate judgement, or do you wish you had more answers?

The need to be fully informed is more important than ever, as most people will require healthcare services at some point throughout their lifetime. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) the 2012-13 period saw almost 9.4 million admissions in public hospitals and 3.8 million in private hospitals.