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10/07/2013 - 4:21pm

A Mental Health Integration and Coordination Unit (MHICU) was launched yesterday (July 9) by Jacinta Collins, minister for mental health and ageing.

This is a mobile health service that will be run and supported by Bayside Medicare Local.

Bayside Medicare Local has contributed $250,000 toward the creation of this service, which it hopes will provide "better care and early intervention" for people suffering from mental illnesses.

09/07/2013 - 4:40pm

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Eye Foundation is once again holding its JulEYE campaign.

The campaign is aimed at Australians living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and asks them to get their eyes tested this month.

Nearly one million Australians are currently suffering from diabetes. If you're one of them, you have a much greater chance of developing some sort of eye disease or losing your vision.

08/07/2013 - 4:11pm

It was announced over the weekend that Melbourne will host the 2014 Australian Transplant Games.

Designed as a way for transplant recipients of all ages, donor families, living donors and the doctors and nurses who helped them to celebrate "the life-giving gift of organ transplantation", the Transplant Games have been going for 26 years.

Fittingly, 2014 will mark the 14th time they have been held.

08/07/2013 - 4:09pm

The Australian Drug Foundation has revealed that alcohol and drug use is costing businesses across the country approximately $5.2 billion each and every year, through absenteeism and lost productivity.

This should be a big concern for any business owners with a vested interest in corporate health and the wellbeing of their employees.

05/07/2013 - 4:10pm

The government introduced a number of changes to the migration sector on July 1 that could affect people visiting Australia from overseas and planning to work here.

One of these changes is that from July 1, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has been indexed by 4.8 per cent. That means the TSMIT has increased from $51,400 to $53,900.

The TSMIT was put in place to make sure those with 457 visas do not impose an undue financial burden on their adopted community.

04/07/2013 - 4:49pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released survey findings yesterday (July 3), which reveal that most children have good oral health.

Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson, spokesperson for AIHW, said that almost 70 per cent of the young people surveyed had been to the dentist within the last 12 months. The majority of those who responded, 84 per cent, were just going for a check up.

Australian children were also less likely to say they had "fair" or "poor" oral health than New Zealand children.

28/06/2013 - 4:35pm

The government has just allocated $60 million to support Australians living with dementia.

If you want to support the health and wellbeing of your family, you may want to consider taking out a family health insurance policy.

This $60 million is part and parcel of the government's Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund, which will inject a total of $378 million into the Australian health care system over the next four years.

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.