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20/08/2013 - 4:48pm

Melbourne is home to the healthiest women in Australia, according to a recent study conducted by Women's Health.

Rachelle Mackintosh, acting editor of Women's Health, said in an August 19 statement that this is a "big, healthy thumbs-up for Victorians".

Approximately 50,000 people from all over Australia took part in the study, which asked them around 1,800 questions about their health.

Every state and territory was judged across a number of categories, including food choices, smoking, exercise and BMI.

19/08/2013 - 4:49pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman's (PHIO) Quarterly Report contains some important information about the health insurance requirements for those in Australia on 485 visas.

The 485, or Temporary Graduate, visa allows people who have finished their studies to remain in Australia for a certain period of time.

Depending on your unique circumstances, you can live, work and study Down Under for anywhere between 18 months and 4 years. Your family members may be able to stay in Australia on the 485 visa, too.

16/08/2013 - 4:26pm

Australia's health insurance providers are, on the whole, providing sound advice to customers about the out-of-pocket expenses they are likely to encounter when receiving medical treatment.

However, the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman's (PHIO) Quarterly Bulletin reveals that there is still room for improvement - especially when it comes to talking about hospital costs versus medical costs.

14/08/2013 - 3:58pm

According to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman's (PHIO) latest Quarterly Bulletin, many people around Australia are a little confused when it comes to Lifetime Health Cover.

In June 2013, the number of people visiting the PHIO website shot up to over 92,000.

Between April 1 and June 30, the PHIO received a record number of enquiries - 551 in all - which is up on the 380 enquiries that were received during the preceding quarter.

14/08/2013 - 3:57pm

In the 12 months leading to March 2013, a total of $15 billion was paid out by health insurance providers to cover medical procedures in Australia.

Dr Michael Armitage, chief executive officer of Private Healthcare Australia, said this just goes to show that private health insurance is "a major contributor to health care costs for Australians".

12/08/2013 - 4:13pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) has just released its quarterly bulletin, which reveals that an increasing number of Australians are not happy with their private health cover.

09/08/2013 - 3:50pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released two reports on August 1 that shed some light on the health status of Australia's male population.

In a report titled 'The Health of Australia's Males: From Birth to Young Adulthood (0-24 years)', it was stated that a whopping 43 per cent of Australian men between the ages of 14 and 19 had been at risk of injuring themselves at some point during the year because of excessive alcohol consumption.

07/08/2013 - 4:46pm

On August 5, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed some startling information about Australians with high cholesterol.

Currently, 5.6 million people have high cholesterol in Australia. As if this wasn't bad enough, it turns out approximately nine in ten of these same people don't even know they're suffering from the condition.

The latest batch of blood test results collected and published in the Australian Health Survey reveals that a disturbing one in three adults across the country has high cholesterol.

05/08/2013 - 4:20pm

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is hosting a national summit in Sydney at the end of this week. It will bring together a variety of Australians who have been impacted in one way or another by breast cancer.

Among those attending the two-day event, to be held on August 8 and 9, will be nearly 300 people who have survived breast cancer.

They will be joined by experts in the field of breast cancer research and treatment, including BCNA Ambassador Raelene Boyle - who also happens to be an Olympic legend.

Written by: Suzanne Still
02/08/2013 - 4:12pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) announced today that more Australians than ever before are benefiting from mental health services.

In particular, there has been a significant rise in the number of people benefiting from mental health services subsidised by Medicare.

So, if you were wondering whether your Medicare Levy payments were being put to good use, you can rest assured that they are!