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17/07/2013 - 4:52pm

Medibank and Coles have teamed up with Fly Buys to reward Australians who put their health first.

Those who have a health insurance plan with Medibank or are already Fly Buys members, as well as brand new customers, will all reap the rewards of this fantastic new partnership.

For every $2 people with Australian health insurance from Medibank spend on their premiums, they will receive one Fly Buys point.

16/07/2013 - 4:31pm

In 2012, the government proposed a reform package designed to reshape aged care in Australia.

Called Living Longer Living Better, the package includes a ten-year strategy for bettering aged care, as well as $3.7 billion - which will be paid out over the next five years - to make it happen.

Of this, $80.2 million has been committed to improve access to complex health care, including palliative (end-of-life) care, and strengthen the lines of communication between public and private health-care providers.

15/07/2013 - 5:33pm

Fewer men and women are dying from heart attacks now than ever before, according to statistics released by the National Heart Foundation of Australia yesterday.

The organisation reports that the past decade has seen the number of deaths caused by heart attacks drop from 14,443 in 2001 to 9,811 in 2011.

12/07/2013 - 4:15pm

The Heart Foundation is urging Australians to join the fight against heart disease by knocking on doors in September as part of their Big Heart Appeal.

This is the largest community-led fundraising event the Heart Foundation has organised.

The campaign used to be known as the Heart Foundation Doorknock Appeal, so if you were wondering what had happened to this, don't worry - it's back and better than ever in 2013.

11/07/2013 - 4:31pm

The government announced yesterday (July 10) that it would put an extra $13.5 million toward primary health care research.

Tanya Plibersek, minister for health, said that the grant would help fund Australia's first international primary health care research organisation.

"Primary health care is critical to Australia's health system because it helps to keep people well and out of hospital," explained Ms Plibersek.

10/07/2013 - 4:21pm

A Mental Health Integration and Coordination Unit (MHICU) was launched yesterday (July 9) by Jacinta Collins, minister for mental health and ageing.

This is a mobile health service that will be run and supported by Bayside Medicare Local.

Bayside Medicare Local has contributed $250,000 toward the creation of this service, which it hopes will provide "better care and early intervention" for people suffering from mental illnesses.

09/07/2013 - 4:40pm

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Eye Foundation is once again holding its JulEYE campaign.

The campaign is aimed at Australians living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and asks them to get their eyes tested this month.

Nearly one million Australians are currently suffering from diabetes. If you're one of them, you have a much greater chance of developing some sort of eye disease or losing your vision.

08/07/2013 - 4:11pm

It was announced over the weekend that Melbourne will host the 2014 Australian Transplant Games.

Designed as a way for transplant recipients of all ages, donor families, living donors and the doctors and nurses who helped them to celebrate "the life-giving gift of organ transplantation", the Transplant Games have been going for 26 years.

Fittingly, 2014 will mark the 14th time they have been held.

08/07/2013 - 4:09pm

The Australian Drug Foundation has revealed that alcohol and drug use is costing businesses across the country approximately $5.2 billion each and every year, through absenteeism and lost productivity.

This should be a big concern for any business owners with a vested interest in corporate health and the wellbeing of their employees.

05/07/2013 - 4:10pm

The government introduced a number of changes to the migration sector on July 1 that could affect people visiting Australia from overseas and planning to work here.

One of these changes is that from July 1, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has been indexed by 4.8 per cent. That means the TSMIT has increased from $51,400 to $53,900.

The TSMIT was put in place to make sure those with 457 visas do not impose an undue financial burden on their adopted community.