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Written by: Suzanne Still
28/06/2013 - 4:19pm

A welcome $472.7 million has been allocated to 48 Medicare Local regions in Australia to fund better-organised support for those living with severe and persistent mental illness.

This funding boost is part of the Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative, which itself represents a "key plank" of the government's $2.2 billion package dedicated to mental health reform.

PIR is all about getting the sectors, services and support systems that those with mental illnesses rely on to work in a more collaborative way.

27/06/2013 - 4:16pm

The Bureau of Health Information has launched a survey to find out how NSW's public hospitals are treating their patients.

This bureau was established to independently report on how NSW's public health system is performing.

Their main goal in conducting the Adult Admitted Patient Survey is to identify what is and what isn't working in NSW's public hospitals so that improvements can be made in the necessary areas.

26/06/2013 - 5:10pm

This week (25 to 30 June) is World Continence Week, an initiative organised by the International Continence Society and coordinated in Australia by the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA).

It was created to raise awareness about this issue and inform both those in the workforce and the wider community of the problems it can cause.

To coincide with World Continence Week, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report on 21 June that demonstrates incontinence can have a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of those in the workforce.

25/06/2013 - 4:04pm

In the 12 months leading up to March 2013, those with Australian health insurance have received an astounding $15 billion worth of benefits.

A total of $11.16 billion paid for hospital benefits, while the remaining $3.77 billion went toward general treatment cover, according to Private Healthcare Australia.

25/06/2013 - 4:03pm

Michael Moore, chief executive officer of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), has announced that the country needs to take the management of superbugs more seriously.

"We now have yet more evidence of the importance of establishing a National Centre for Disease Control to provide appropriate coordination of the full range of population health issues and particularly with regard to antimicrobial resistance (AMR)," Mr Moore said in a June 11 statement.

24/06/2013 - 4:43pm

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24/06/2013 - 4:32pm

Private Healthcare Australia is requesting that Australians "take action" against the government's proposed changes to the private health insurance rebate system and medicare levy surcharge.

21/06/2013 - 4:43pm

A record amount of funding has been given to health care services in the recently released NSW budget.

Jillian Skinner, health minister, has estimated that over 100,000 people in NSW can now be treated in hospital wards and emergency departments, or receive planned surgery because of the funding.

This is fantastic news for those with private health insurance, as it will mean even more health services are open and easily accessible to them.

21/06/2013 - 4:42pm

The NSW budget has granted more than $1.2 billion to fund construction projects on health care facilities around the state.

Jillian Skinner, health minister, said the funding - which represents an increase of 10 per cent when compared with last year's budget - demonstrates the government is committed to rebuilding NSW's hospital system.

A large number of upgrades will be commencing and continuing "from Peak Hill to Port Macquarie, Bega to Blacktown Mount Druitt," revealed Ms Skinner in a June 19 statement.

20/06/2013 - 4:58pm

Sir Michael Hirst, president of the International Diabetes Federation, has launched Diabetes Australia's National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan.

Mr Hirst believes the plan will draw some much-needed attention to the twenty-first century pandemic that is diabetes.

"In 2012 the worldwide cost of diabetes was estimated at $US471 billion," he said. There were also a recorded 4.8 million deaths around the world that same year because of the disease.