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Written by: Suzanne Still
20/11/2012 - 2:10pm

The incidence of skin cancer in Australia is one of the highest in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70.

This highlights the need for Australians to be SunSmart - and recent changes to sunscreen will allow for improved UVA protection.

A new standard announced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration on November 10 has allowed manufacturers to increase the sun protection factor in sunscreens to SPF50+, a change the Cancer Council NSW supports.

Written by: Jethro Still
20/11/2012 - 2:09pm

Packing up and jetting off overseas can be exciting - but all your plans can come crashing down once a flight is cancelled, baggage is damaged or you end up in hospital due to an accident.

Foreign minister Bob Carr launched a $2.6 million nationwide campaign on November 19 to remind Australians of the risks of going overseas without travel insurance

Mr Carr was joined by Erin Langworthy, an Australian who had fallen 360 feet into a Zambian river after her bungee cord broke.

Written by: Jethro Still
19/11/2012 - 2:29pm

More Australians are said to be members of health funds than any time in the past 37 years, with federal health minister Tanya Plibersek stating that Tony Abbott's predictions about people abandoning private health insurance were wrong.

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/11/2012 - 10:07am

It's just under two weeks until summer is here and in the lead up to days spent out in the sunshine, Australians are being urged to be SunSmart with Skin Cancer Action Week running from November 18 to 24.

Tennis legends John Newcombe and Tony Roche have joined efforts with Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists to urge men aged 45 and over to 'watch their backs'.

This group is almost twice as likely to develop melanoma than women the same age, with around one in three cases in men occurring on the back.

Written by: Edward Brewer
16/11/2012 - 11:44am

Tasmania's largest hospital, the Royal Hobart Hospital, was commended by parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King yesterday (November 15) for their contribution in Tasmania reaching the highest ever annual organ donation.

Ms King said in her visit to the Royal Hobart Hospital that year to date (as at October 2012) organ donation from 15 deceased Tasmanian donors and their families have helped in "transforming the lives" of 51 Australian transplant recipients.

Written by: Suzanne Still
16/11/2012 - 11:43am

Summer is quickly approaching and along with it comes the arrival of the 'party season'. NPS MedicineWise is reminding Australians that though alcohol may not interact with some antibiotics, it's still vital to follow the rules in taking antibiotics correctly.

NPS MedicineWise chair Dr Janette Randall said that it's wise to avoid alcohol when you're sick - regardless of whether you are taking antibiotics or not.

Written by: Jethro Still
15/11/2012 - 11:35am

Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) is an initiative set up by the government to encourage Australians to get hospital insurance earlier and maintain their cover.

If on July 1 - following your 31st birthday - you don't have a hospital cover with an Australian registered health fund and decide to take one out later in life, you will pay two per cent loading on top of your premium for every year you are aged over 30.

For example if you take hospital cover out at 45, you will pay 30 per cent more than someone who organised cover at age 30.

Written by: Suzanne Still
15/11/2012 - 11:34am

Stress is a common occurrence in many workplaces and with it being National Psychology Week it may be time to think about our employees' wellbeing and consider getting set up with a corporate health plan.

National Psychology Week (NPW) runs from November 11 to 17, aimed at increasing awareness about psychology and the role that psychologists have in community wellbeing.

Written by: Jethro Still
14/11/2012 - 2:53pm

More than one million Australians are said to be diagnosed with diabetes, with almost two-thirds of Australia's population identified as overweight or obese - a substantial diabetes risk factor.

Marking World Diabetes Day today (November 14) NSW health minister Jillian Skinner is encouraging people to think about how they can change their lifestyle to reduce risk of developing diabetes.

Written by: Edward Brewer
14/11/2012 - 11:31am

The new telehealth centre at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland was officially opened today (November 14) by state minister for health Lawrence Springborg and minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, senator Stephen Conroy.

The centre will make healthcare more accessible to Queenslanders living in regional and remote areas, with senator Conroy saying that the centre is a "glimpse into the future" of healthcare delivery across Australia.