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18/04/2013 - 8:17am

Falls may be an "inevitable part of ageing," says Professor Paddy Phillips, South Australia's chief medical officer, but there are ways to reduce the chances of personal injury.

"In 2012 more than 9,000 older South Australians were admitted to public hospitals due to falls and it is estimated a further 9,000 are treated in the emergency department and discharged home," claimed Professor Phillips in a statement released earlier this month (April 4).

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/04/2013 - 4:13pm

Citizens of New South Wales may want to think about organising private health insurance in the near future, if a new report from Roy Morgan is anything to go by.

The research firm has this month released the results of its latest Alere Wellness Index, which has evaluated the health of Australia based on criteria including medical conditions, psychological wellbeing and lifestyle factors.

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/04/2013 - 3:41pm

Five leading health groups have today (April 17) launched a campaign to protect Victorians from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

'Keep Fresh Air Fresh' aims to ban smoking in all outdoor dining and drinking areas. It is part of a wider crusade by Victoria's Department of Health to eradicate second-hand smoke from other public areas, such as swimming pools and outdoor skate parks.

According to Asthma Australia, approximately 2 million Australians are currently suffering from asthma. The disease also causes around 400 deaths throughout the country every year.

Written by: Suzanne Still
17/04/2013 - 8:21am

If you're turning 31 and you don't have health insurance yet, it's high time you thought about getting covered.

While insurance is completely optional, anyone who decides that they want hospital cover from an Australian registered health fund following their 31st birthday is in for a nasty surprise if they don't get in quick.

Written by: Edward Brewer
16/04/2013 - 4:02pm

The people of Victoria yesterday welcomed three new "state-of-the-art" ambulance stations into their midst, located at Knox, Chelsea and Frankston.

David Davis, Victoria's health minister, said at the opening of the Knox branch that the new ambulance station is a "welcome boost" for those working in the city's health care industry and believes that they are now better equipped than ever "to respond to critical medical emergencies" in a timely fashion.

Written by: Edward Brewer
15/04/2013 - 4:19pm

A recent report conducted by the National Health Performance Authority indicates that the vast majority of Australian children are getting immunised, but there's still room for improvement.

Titled 'Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children 2011-12', the report is publicly available for free download.

Written by: Jethro Still
12/04/2013 - 4:11pm

Even if you have private health insurance, most Australians are required to pay the Medicare Levy.

However, efforts have been made by the Department of Health and Ageing to prevent low-income earners from having to pay either the Medicare Levy or the Medicare Levy Surcharge.

12/04/2013 - 4:07pm

Becoming a parent requires a lot of planning and preparation. And while we know that your to-do list is probably jam-packed already, there's one more item you need to add: Organise health insurance.

That's because pregnancy is one of the two conditions that health insurance policies generally assign a hefty waiting period to.

Written by: Edward Brewer
12/04/2013 - 1:19pm

An impressive $61.7 million has been assigned by the Victorian Coalition government to support health care reforms for Aboriginal Victorians.

Premier Denis Napthine and David Davis, Victoria's health minister, announced the decision on April 11. The extra funding makes a welcome addition to the Koolin Balit program, which was launched in 2012 by the government.

The program's object is to improve life expectancy, reduce infant mortality rates and champion better access to health care services for Aboriginal people over the next ten years.

11/04/2013 - 11:39am

Young women who are sleep deprived are more likely to develop depression, claims Victoria University professor Dorothy Bruck.

According to depressioNET.org.au, around 85 per cent of people diagnosed with depression also suffer from insomnia. While this is a bit of a "chicken-and-egg" problem, it's evident that there is a correlation between the two conditions. 

Professor Bruck, who presented a paper at last week's inaugural APS Health Psychology Conference in Cairns, researched this issue extensively from 2000 to 2009.