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Written by: Edward Brewer
06/06/2013 - 4:36pm

Women are listening to the message telling them to get their cervical screenings done, but there is still some work to do.

The national Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) reached 3.6 million Australian women in 2010-11, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The aim of the NCSP is to encourage regular screenings in order to reduce incidences of cervical cancer, as well as the rate of related deaths.

Written by: Edward Brewer
06/06/2013 - 4:32pm

Men's mental health is being given time of day through an initiative from the federal government and beyondblue.

Beyondblue, a mental health support organisation, is partnering with the Australian government to roll out a new "Man Therapy" campaign.

This campaign is designed to battle the incidence of depression and anxiety in Australian men - a demographic that sometimes avoids identifying as having a mental illness. These men often do not seek support and treatment for these conditions.

05/06/2013 - 4:13pm

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so we thought we'd compile a few things you can do to support this worthy cause and make sure you keep fit and healthy!

Bowel Cancer is a "silent killer" and can develop undetected for quite some time.

According to Bowel Cancer Australia, the cancer can grow inside the bowel wall for years before it spreads to other parts of the body. It is often only then that it is caught.

So, be proactive and consider taking the following steps:

Evaluate your lifestyle

04/06/2013 - 4:21pm

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are undertaking ground-breaking research for a potential new treatment for prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in Australian men - around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year - and it's the second most common cause of cancer-related death.

Most research in prostate cancer treatment has focused on drugs to block the actions of male hormones in the cancer cells, but patients often become resistant to these treatments.

Written by: Edward Brewer
04/06/2013 - 4:18pm

The Heart Foundation has revealed that women are underestimating their risk of heart disease including heart attacks.

According to research, three in five women are unaware that heart disease is women's biggest health risk factor claiming many lives each year, despite the fact that many forms of heart disease are preventable or treatable if detected early.

The Heart Foundation has launched its annual Go Red for Women campaign to help raise awareness, urging all Australian women to have a heart health check.

31/05/2013 - 4:11pm

A report released yesterday (May 30) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) may encourage those who are sitting on the fence about updating their private health insurance policy to make a move.

Oral Health and Dental Care in Australia: Key Facts and Figures 2012 reveals that 58 per cent of the $7.9 billion spent on dental treatment in Australia between 2010 and 2011 came from the pockets of the people.

29/05/2013 - 4:43pm

The most recent National Health Performance Authority report reveals the number of patients developing blood infections from the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is highest in major hospitals.

S. aureus, or "Golden Staph", is a "potentially preventable" bloodstream infection that patients can develop whilst undergoing medical treatment in hospital.

28/05/2013 - 5:06pm

Labor's plans to cut Australia's private health insurance rebate system by $700 million during the next four years just got one step closer to becoming a reality.

The private health insurance rebate is a government-funded initiative that helps Australians cover health insurance payments.

27/05/2013 - 4:23pm

The Council of Australian Governments’ Reform Council revealed on Friday (May 24) that the number of obese and overweight Australians has risen by two per cent in the last four years.

This statistic has not come as a surprise to the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), who believe our "toxic" food environment is to blame.

"Only seven in 20 Australian adults are in the healthy weight range", says PHAA president Heather Yeatman.

24/05/2013 - 4:57pm

A study conducted by the Australian Health Review has revealed that hospital waiting lists and times are not getting any shorter, and this could be having a negative impact on patient health and quality of life.

Dr Julie Walters, who hails from the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, said that "government policies aimed at reducing waiting have had limited success". It is hoped that this study will shed some light on which areas need to be improved.