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21/01/2014 - 10:35pm

If you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get fit in 2014, you are not alone.

Losing weight was the number one resolution made in the early hours of January 1, 2014, according to statistics released by the University of Scranton this year.

As January approaches its end and your New Year's resolutions turn one month old, you may find staying on top of your fitness goals is harder than you expected.

20/01/2014 - 2:16pm

When you are considering private health insurance, there are a number of decisions you need to make.

One of the biggest choices is, of course, which kind of private health cover will be best for your unique situation and needs.

In order to choose the most suitable cover for you and your family, it is important to understand the choices available.

Hospital cover

19/01/2014 - 10:20pm

Researchers from across the globe seem to agree that happy employees are more productive and innovative than their disgruntled counterparts.

Studies from Gallup-Healthways, Harvard Business Review and many other sources all seem to agree, the happier and more engaged an employee is, the more your business will benefit.

Keeping your staff happy can profit your company through decreased absenteeism, improved creativity and a healthier environment in which to build working relationships.

So how can you ensure your employees stay happy and productive?

15/01/2014 - 10:09pm

If you've been putting off purchasing private health insurance you may have heard the term Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) and wondered what it meant for you.

What is Lifetime Health Cover?

LHC is an initiative designed by the government to encourage people to take out and maintain hospital insurance earlier in life.

Started by the government in July 1, 2000, LHC is a financial loading scheme that applies to those people who wait until after their 31st birthdays to purchase hospital cover.

12/01/2014 - 11:37pm

Government-owned health insurance provider Medibank Private has teamed up with the Independent Practitioner Network (IPN) to offer benefits to cover the expense of visiting a primary care provider or general practitioner (GP).

Currently being trialed in six areas around Queensland, the new program is about supporting access to GPs as primary care providers and reducing the pressure on public health systems across Australia.

09/01/2014 - 9:59pm

If you are an international student looking to study in Australia, you will most likely need to arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Health insurance cover is an important safety net to ensure visitors who intend to study Down Under can meet the costs of medical and hospital treatments they may require while in Australia.

Who needs OSHC?

08/01/2014 - 2:17pm

As your kids grow older and begin to leave home to attend university, you may be wondering how you can keep them safe.

While you could previously keep an eye on their health and wellbeing, once they've flown the nest it can be more difficult to ensure they are staying safe and healthy.

Fortunately, if an illness or injury does occur, your children may still be eligible for cover under your family health insurance.

07/01/2014 - 2:13pm

On December 23, the government announced it's approved of 2014 premium increases for Australian health insurance funds.

This is the earliest release of the approved increases for many years, which should please health funds across the country.

In the past, private health funds have felt frustrated with unnecessary over-regulation of the approval process. Previously, government procedures and deliberations created months of delays.

06/01/2014 - 2:18pm

Working visitors to Australia who qualify for the subclass 457 visa are required to purchase adequate health insurance for their time in the country.

On September 14 2009 it became a legal requirement for subclass 457 applicants to make Australian health insurance arrangements for themselves and any family members accompanying them to the country.

31/12/2013 - 1:09pm

It seems that regardless of how the recruitment and employment sector is performing, attracting and retaining the top talent can be a complicated and arduous task for Australian businesses.

Fortunately, there are a number of methods organisations can adopt to ensure increased employee retention and reduced staff turnover, even in the most competitive market.

Improve the recruitment process

Perhaps the most effective way to reduce employee turnover is to ensure you are hiring the right person for the role.