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Written by: Jethro Still
24/08/2012 - 11:19am

Private Healthcare Australia's information website YouShouldKnow revealed on August 23 that Private Health Funds have paid over $3.5 billion in benefits during 2011-2012, on behalf of members for general treatment cover.

The amount of benefits paid represents an increase of more than 8.9 per cent from the previous year.

Dental services made up for 42 per cent of all general treatment claims during 2011-12, with 30.7 million dental services claimed during this period, up 4.3 per cent from 2010-11.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/08/2012 - 2:13pm

Canberra Hospital's capacity to provide life-saving cancer treatment is expected to increase by 20 per cent, with the launch of new equipment by ACT chief minister and minister for health Katy Gallagher on August 21.

"Cancer is a burden for many people in our community and I am pleased these new facility will provide a further boost to our health system. Cancer patients will now be provided with access to the latest advances in technology for treatment," the chief minister said.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/08/2012 - 2:05pm

A major expansion of cardiac services was announced on August 21 by chief minister Paul Henderson, with cardiac surgery to commence in the Northern Territory for the first time.

This is great news for people living in the Territory with cardiovascular diseases, as these improved cardiac services will help to provide the care and treatment needed to address their condition.

The services are expected to be available next year, with cardiac surgery and a range of diagnostic screening and testing.

Written by: Edward Brewer
22/08/2012 - 10:54am

It's reported that 1.7 million Australians have chronic kidney disease, with most unaware of their condition - so the Kidney Kar Rally from August 15-24 aims to raise awareness and funds for children with kidney disease.

Prime minister Julia Gillard tweeted her support for the 24th Kidney Kar Rally, where her partner Tim Mathieson is an ambassador for Kidney Health Australia and participated in the first leg in WA from Mandurah to Kalgoorlie.

Written by: Suzanne Still
22/08/2012 - 10:53am

While there has been significant progress in raising the awareness of depression, research by Australian organisation beyondblue found that people are still 'gravely misinformed' about depression and how they can go about helping someone.

beyondblue is an organisation that works to address issues with depression, anxiety and other related disorders in Australia, and found there was still a long way to go in educating people on these conditions.

Written by: Jethro Still
21/08/2012 - 3:27pm

Health insurer nib holdings released its 2012 full year results yesterday (August 20), which achieved on the whole strong results, with premium revenue up 11.5 per cent to $1.1 billion.

Nib managing director Mark Fitzgibbon says that the company expects that the Australian health insurance market will continue to grow, despite the income testing of the federal government rebate.

Written by: Edward Brewer
21/08/2012 - 10:49am

This week from August 19-25 marks National Healthy Bones Week, where Australians across the country are being encouraged to team calcium-rich foods with exercise in a 'milkshake'.

The National Healthy Bones Week has been raising awareness of the importance of calcium-rich foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese for the last 18 years, encouraging Australians to eat dairy to help in the development of bones and to help prevent osteoporosis later in life.

Written by: Edward Brewer
20/08/2012 - 3:23pm

Working mums are often thought and portrayed to be fatigued, stressed-out and possibly less healthy than their stay-at-home counterparts - but new research from a sociologist at the University of Akron begs to differ.

Assistant Sociology professor Adrianne Frech has found that mums who work full-time are healthier at 40, than stay-at-home mums who work part-time or have some employment history but are repeatedly unemployed.

Written by: Edward Brewer
20/08/2012 - 3:20pm

It is said that one in six Australians are deaf, hearing impaired, deaf/blind or has a chronic ear disorder.

Hearing Awareness Week takes place annually to educate the community on hearing impairment and inform on ways to protect our hearing.

It also provides a platform for the 22 per cent of Australians aged over 15 who have a hearing impairment, to share their knowledge and experiences to help "create a greater understanding of their needs, aspirations and the contributions" they can make to the country.

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/08/2012 - 3:11pm

This week marks Haemochromatosis Awareness Week, a medical condition that is a common but often unknown inherited iron overload disorder.

Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia, where people with the condition absorb too much iron in their diet. The extra iron is then stored in the body, where over a period of time this leads to iron overload.

Too much iron can cause tissue or organ damage if left undetected and untreated - and can potentially lead to premature death.