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Written by: Suzanne Still
15/10/2012 - 2:24pm

Around 48 Australian women will be diagnosed with gynaecological or breast cancer every day.

This October thousands of women will be organising a Girl's Night In to show support for nearly 17,500 mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and grandmothers affected by these cancers each year.

You can get involved by planning a night of fun with the girls by picking out your favourite DVDs and making some popcorn for a movie marathon, setting up a fancy dinner or hosting a cocktail party.

Written by: Jethro Still
15/10/2012 - 2:23pm

Non-English speaking communities are due to benefit from a Multilingual Communications Approach launched by minister for citizenship and communities Victor Dominello and Cancer Council NSW.

The initiative is aimed at making cancer resources and support services easily available to these communities, where the Cancer Council NSW has developed multilingual sites in Chinese, Greek, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese and Macedonian.

12/10/2012 - 10:10am

Some people may hold concerns about changing their existing health cover for several reasons - but you need not be afraid of switching to another health fund!
You may find that your medical needs have changed and that your current health insurance plan is not quite cutting it in regards to your care and treatment needs.

People may be concerned about whether they will lose entitlements, have to start again in waiting periods or that the change may affect their Lifetime Health Cover status.

Written by: Suzanne Still
11/10/2012 - 2:19pm

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, with 69 per cent of cases diagnosed in women aged 40-69.

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and Cancer Australia on October 9 found that survival rates for breast cancer are improving nationally, however each day 37 Australian women are diagnosed with the disease.

The number of new breast cancer cases were shown to have doubled between 1982 and 2008, from around 5,300 cases to 13,600.

Written by: Suzanne Still
10/10/2012 - 1:47pm

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) accounts for half of the legal blindness cases in Australia, and scientists from Australia's Vision Centre have found that the condition can be effectively diagnosed under bright lights.

The new study says that a "quick, accurate" test under bright lights can diagnose AMD more rapidly and inexpensively than having patients sit in a darkened room for 20 minutes.

Written by: Suzanne Still
05/10/2012 - 11:16am

A report revealed yesterday (October 4) by chair of Safe Work Australia Tom Phillips, indicates that there has been a reduction in compensated injury fatalities since the development of the National OHS Strategy 2002-2012.

The Fourteenth Edition of the Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report details Australia's work health and safety and the outcomes for workers' compensation for 2010-11.

Written by: Jethro Still
05/10/2012 - 11:14am

Skilled workers from overseas who have been nominated and sponsored by an Australian employer to work, may be granted the subclass 457 visa.

There are three stages involved in the subclass 457 visa program, with the employer applying to be a sponsor, nominating a position and the employee applying for a visa.

Holding a subclass 457 visa means that you can work for up to four years in Australia, travel in and out of the country as often as you want and also bring your family along with you.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/09/2012 - 2:07pm

A new study has found that almost one in three Victorians aged 18 to 34 have unhealthy cholesterol levels and are at risk of facing an unhealthy future.

Heart Foundation Victoria's chief executive officer Kellie-Ann Jolly spoke at the launch of the Victorian Health Monitor Report on September 27, and said for the first time we can see the number of people in this age group with key risk factors of heart disease.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/09/2012 - 2:08pm

Whip out your best pink lippy today (September 28) to raise awareness for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in Australia.

Bright Pink Lipstick Day is an initiative organised by breast and ovarian health charity Pink Hope, encouraging women across the country to pucker up and share the positive message of the Pink Hope Community.

Even Australian men are getting in on the event with rugby league team the Manly Sea Eagles tweeting their support with a picture of their mascot wearing a bright pink lip shade.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/09/2012 - 1:48pm

Spatial Processing Disorder (SPD) - a hearing problem that makes it difficult for some to understand what people say when there is background noise - affects around 18,000 Australian children.

The classroom is such an environment where this condition may have a profound impact on children with the hearing disorder.

Researchers at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) have a solution to the problem, with the first known treatment for the condition in the form of a computer game, LiSn & Learn.