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Written by: Suzanne Still
18/10/2012 - 2:39pm

Breast cancer accounted for 28.2 per cent of all new cancers in women in 2008, and is the most common cancer - excluding non-melanoma skin cancers - that affects Australian women.

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on October 17 found that over 1.7 million women had a screening mammogram in 2009-10 through BreastScreen Australia, with 1.3 million of those screened belonging to the target age group.

The report found that 55 per cent of the program's target age group, women aged 50 to 69, were screened in 2009-10.

Written by: Suzanne Still
16/10/2012 - 11:22am

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report yesterday (October 16) providing the latest information on elective surgery waiting times in Australian public hospitals, where for the first time, data was reported within four months of the end of the reference period.

Written by: Jethro Still
16/10/2012 - 11:21am

Does your workplace have a corporate health plan in place for its employees?

Unhappiness in the workplace is said to be one of the reasons for an increasing number of mental health claims, so having a business health insurance plan setup can help in ensuring staff get the appropriate medical care and treatment needed.

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.