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Written by: Suzanne Still
07/12/2012 - 3:14pm

Scores of Australians will be hitting the road this summer to head out on a holiday, but when a family member or friend falls sick, it can be quite a mission trying to locate a doctor.

A new $4.9 million website and smartphone initiative was launched by health minister Tanya Plibersek today (December 6), which will help Australians locate the nearest GP in a number of cities and towns across the country.

Alongside the address, the internet directory also shares opening time and phone numbers of emergency departments and hospitals, GP clinics and pharmacies.

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/12/2012 - 1:43pm

There are some foods and beverages that just don't mix well with medicine, and according to new information from NPS MedicineWise covering a medical journal review, grapefruit could be one of those foods.

More than 85 medicines were highlighted to interact with grapefruit and cause side effects, some which may be serious, the review published in November's Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed.

Written by: Suzanne Still
07/12/2012 - 1:42pm

Summer is a time when families and friends come together to celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year, with food often playing a big part in these gatherings!

The barbecued meats, crispy garden salads and fresh catch of seafood are usually staple dishes at these events, but it's important to remember to take care when preparing these foods.

If the raw meats are not covered and chilled properly, there's a possibility of someone falling sick due to food poisoning.

06/12/2012 - 12:29pm

Some hold the view that private health cover is only for the wealthy, with this myth one of several that have been exposed by Private Healthcare Australia (PHA).

Written by: Suzanne Still
04/12/2012 - 1:52pm

Party on down this summer for a good cause, with Cancer Council Queensland's SunSmart party initiative running from December 1 to February 28.

Around two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70, with the sunshine state of Queensland holding the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

You can hold a SunSmart party at home, the workplace, a community group or at school, as a fun way to raise money for cancer prevention, research and support services.

Written by: Edward Brewer
04/12/2012 - 1:50pm

Seeking out business health insurance is one step to ensuring the health and wellbeing of your employees.

A corporate health plan can help to make sure your staff get the appropriate care and treatment for their medical needs, and with the hot weather conditions sweeping Australia this might be the prime time to speak to your health consultant.

Written by: Suzanne Still
03/12/2012 - 2:30pm

Around one in five people in WA have a disability, with this expected to rise to one in four within a decade due to the state's ageing population.

From December 2 to 8 the third annual Disability Awareness Week will take place, recognising the achievements in the WA community that help to build a better future for people with disabilities and their families.

Disability services minister Helen Morton said that the awareness week brought the importance of supporting those with disabilities to the community's attention.

Written by: Edward Brewer
03/12/2012 - 2:29pm

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has launched a "fun and light-hearted" social media campaign, focused on the idea of a 'World Without Pathologists'.

The campaign was launched on November 28 and is the first of its kind in the area of pathology, aimed at using social media to raise awareness of the important role that pathology plays in people's lives.

Two videos have been released on the RCPA website, showing a doctor trying to help patients in a world with no pathologists, with more videos to come on December 10.

Written by: Edward Brewer
29/11/2012 - 2:11pm

Family health insurance is one way of helping you to look after the health and wellbeing of your children, but exercise and healthy eating also plays a big part in ensuring this too.

VicHealth's Walk to School campaign saw primary school children across Victoria travel a combined distance of 241,115 kilometres - this length equal to walking the circumference of the earth six times.

Written by: Jethro Still
29/11/2012 - 12:23pm

NSW Health is urging people to 'take the risk of heat-related illness seriously' after the Bureau of Meteorology predicted that parts of New South Wales would be hit by a heat wave in the coming days. 

Western NSW, the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney are expected to reach the 'high 30s and early 40s' this week and over the weekend.