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21/10/2013 - 3:01pm

The chance of being hospitalised for chronic kidney disease (CKD) varies according to where people live, according to recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Hospitalisation or death caused by CKD was generally higher outside of major cities, but the disease was especially prevalent in remote areas.

The study also shows all people from remote and very remote areas were 2.2 times more likely to die from CKD than any person from a major city.

18/10/2013 - 3:29pm

With the hot summer months almost upon us, it's time to start thinking about how to stay safe and avoid heat related illness at work.

The effects of heat stress and illness can seriously harm an employee and also cause productivity and efficiency to drop.

Heat Hazards

While any worker can suffer from heat illness, it is the biggest concern for businesses that operate or involve physical activity outdoors.

Working outside under the summer sun can cause severe burns and often leads to fatigue, dehydration and weakness.

17/10/2013 - 3:11pm

Two-thirds of Australian smokers die as a direct consequence of smoking, according to data collected by the Sax Institute for the '45 and Up Study'.

The four-year analysis is the largest ongoing study of healthy aging that has ever been conducted in the Southern Hemisphere, and features the health records of more than 200,000 people. This is also the first time long-term Australian smoking data has been studied.

Written by: Suzanne Still
16/10/2013 - 2:44pm

The Hospital Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF) has expanded My Home Doctor, an after-hours GP service, into Victoria.

My Home Doctor provides registered doctors who make non-emergency home visits outside of normal practice opening hours.

The service is now available in more than 500 suburbs in Melbourne and Geelong, free of charge for HCF members with a Hospital product.

Previous to this expansion, My Home Doctor's was operating in more than 1,100 suburbs in New South Wales and Queensland.

16/10/2013 - 2:42pm

Taking steps to improve the health and wellbeing of your workers can also improve your business's performance, productivity and workplace culture.

Implementing a work health initiative - for example, providing business health plans - can lead to many major benefits for both employers and employees, according to recent data released by Comcare.

Benefits of corporate health initiatives

15/10/2013 - 3:43pm

Queensland's dental waiting list was reduced by 78 per cent between February and September this year after the government introduced a voucher system giving eligible public patients the option to use private dentists.

"In February, there were 62,513 Queenslanders who had been waiting on public dental lists more than two years," Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said in a October 12 statement.

"However, as of September, the LNP (Liberal National Party) has reduced that to 13,722. That is an amazing outcome for the health of Queenslanders."

14/10/2013 - 2:58pm

More than 20 million sick days each year are taken by Australian workers suffering from stress-related illnesses, costing the Australian economy $14.8 billion annually, according to research from Medicare 24/7 Health Advice Line (MHAL).

Severe stress in the workplace is hindering 85 per cent of working Australians and 15 per cent of affected employees are taking at least one sick day a month

Absenteeism is unfortunately not the only stress-related preventable cost to the Australian economy, with presenteeism costing more than $25 billion annually.

11/10/2013 - 3:19pm

More than 300 pieces of advanced medical equipment have already been purchased for the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).

The installation of major medical equipment, including high-tech imaging equipment and a powerful x-ray system for cardiology and vascular procedures, was a significant milestone in the clinical commissioning program of FSH, Western Australia's Health Minister Dr Kim Hames said in an October 8 statement.

10/10/2013 - 1:46pm

Construction on the new $22.7 million Charlton hospital is now under way and completion is expected in October 2014.

In January 2011, the old Charlton hospital was devastated by flood waters that caused extensive damage all through this quiet river town in north-west Victoria.

With the damaged hospital now demolished, the new facilities signal the beginning of a new era for Charlton health care.

09/10/2013 - 3:41pm

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 50 per cent of patients waited up to 36 days for public elective surgery in 2012-13, a wait time that remains unchanged since 2011-12.

The AIHW report released on Friday (October 4) shows that average wait times ranged from 27 days in Queensland to 51 days in the Australian Capital Territory.

Average wait times have remained unchanged since they increased to 33 days in 2010, despite the number of admissions growing by 1.8 per cent between 2011 and 2013.