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10/10/2014 - 1:26pm

Every person with diabetes is at risk of losing their eyesight. And yet, as few as one in five (20 per cent) Indigenous Australians suffering from diabetes will get their eyes regularly tested, in addition to only 50 per cent of non-Indigenous citizens. What's more, the low figures haven't changed over a decade. These are the recent findings of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), which show a need for increased support to improve eye care.

08/10/2014 - 3:44pm

In 1928, when Alexander Fleming discovered the bacteria penicillin growing in an old, discarded Petri dish, the medical world was turned on its head. It was some 11 years later when South Australian Howard Florey lead a team of British scientists to begin manufacturing the drug that would go on to save the lives of millions. 

08/10/2014 - 8:35am

October is officially Safe Work Australia Month, with individuals and businesses motivated to check their safety standards in the workplace. The month-long program aims to increase the knowledge and resources people have when considering workplace safety, and encourages them to take a closer look at the risks that exist to their health. 

The risks an individual may be exposed to in their professional life has a profound effect on their wellbeing, as well as an employer's relationship to health and safety.

01/10/2014 - 10:09am

Cardiovascular disease is a major problem that affects millions of Aussies. In fact, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 6 Australians suffer from cardiovascular health problems - that's 3.4 million people. One in 3 deaths in Australia were the result of cardiovascular problems as well. It's clear to many health specialists that heart health is a priority for care in Oz.

What is cardiovascular disease?

30/09/2014 - 9:33am

Australians pride themselves on having one of the best health care systems in the world. The country's public health care system is available to all residents, with private insurance options providing increased choice and attractive outcomes for those who choose to participate. Across the country, people depend on both public and private hospitals in the event of an emergency.

22/09/2014 - 9:54am

Because private health insurance provides consumers with more choices and reduces overall government spending, the Australian Government incentivises participation in the private system.

One way of doing this is by charging certain individuals a Medicare Levy Surcharge if they opt not to buy into the system. Another way of encouraging early participation is to charge people over the age of 30 a Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading.

What is LHC?

19/09/2014 - 9:43am

There are many ways to approach health care, but most experts agree that within developed countries, there should be minimal variation when it comes to tests and treatments. A report by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care titled 'Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia' recently found that there is significant variation across the country when it comes to treating patients. The key factor in all this variation? Geography.

Study finds variation in Australian care

17/09/2014 - 10:41am

This year, 5-11 October will mark the observation of Mental Health Week in Australia. With World Mental Health Day taking place on the 10th, the week is a good opportunity to reflect on mental health issues that continue to impact millions of people worldwide.

Mental illness in Australia

12/09/2014 - 9:54am

Australians enjoy a high-quality, comprehensive public health care system. However, quality comes at a price, and the Australian government incentivises participation in private health insurance programmes to reduce the country's health care costs.

Residents are required to pay a Medicare levy to fund the public system to which they have access. If you're unsure of the specifics of exactly what you're funding and who your contributions are covering, read on.

05/09/2014 - 9:50am

Advocates of chiropractic believe this treatment can be effective for many maladies. Chiropractic is one of the few branches of holistic treatments that appear to be legitimate in their ability to treat a variety of illnesses. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is in official relations with the WHO, which speaks to the treatment's standing in the health community.

But what exactly is chiropractic? What can it treat? And, perhaps most importantly, is it covered by Australian health insurance?