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Written by: Jethro Still
14/02/2013 - 3:24pm

A business health insurance plan can be a great initiative for both the company and the employees themselves, ensuring that staff get the appropriate medical care and treatment while also helping the business with retention and job satisfaction.

If your company has implemented a corporate health plan in the workplace then you may notice some changes to your policy from April 2013.

13/02/2013 - 3:46pm

Families and individuals across Australia can expect their health insurance premiums to rise by an average of 5.6 per cent, with changes being made by the federal government to take effect from April.

Health minister Tanya Plibersek said that the government worked hard to keep these premium rises to a minimum for families while also making sure that the cost increases could be covered by insurance companies.

12/02/2013 - 1:48pm

Currently, almost 10.7 million Australians have private health insurance hospital cover, the highest number in 37 years.

Written by: Jethro Still
11/02/2013 - 2:46pm

Railway + transport health fund (rt health), an organisation that has been looking after Australian workers for over 120 years, has reinvigorated its product range to launch new options for its members.

rt health fund only sells private health cover to people employed in the transport and electricity industries, with restrictions set out on who can qualify for the health fund.

Written by: Suzanne Still
07/02/2013 - 4:09pm

Developmental brain disorders such as autism are currently diagnosed by observing mental and behavioural abnormalities in children such as impaired memory and delayed language development - but this could soon be a method of the past.

According to researchers at Melbourne's Australian Neuroscience Society meeting, genetic screening at birth may help to determine a child's risk of developing mental illness in later life.

The researchers have developed an analytical tool that predicts the disease which will emerge from a "certain combination of genes".

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/02/2013 - 4:06pm

Workers are being urged to prevent heat stress this summer by taking breaks, drinking plenty of water and limiting time in the sun, as part of WorkCover NSW's heat awareness campaign.

The risks of heat stress can be deadly, said general manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division John Watson, who said that it has resulted in a number of fatalities in the state.

Written by: Suzanne Still
06/02/2013 - 3:49pm

A new paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia's MJA Open has identified the "central role" adequate vitamin D, calcium and exercise plays in all life stages to improve bone health.

The paper, Building Healthy Bones Throughout Life: an evidence-informed strategy to prevent osteoporosis in Australia, presents key guidelines that are important to the bone health of Australians.

05/02/2013 - 3:48pm

The federal government is proposing changes to the rebate on private health insurance, which Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) says will mean millions of Australians will have to pay more for their private health cover or wait longer for care.

Written by: Suzanne Still
04/02/2013 - 3:38pm

In light of World Cancer Day, the government has revealed that the fight against the disease will be given a $10.6 million boost in new funding for 38 research grants.

Minister for health Tanya Plibersek said that cancer continues to have a "significant impact" on the community, with one in two men and one in three women being diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime in Australia.

Written by: Edward Brewer
04/02/2013 - 3:36pm

Today (February 4) marks World Cancer Day on the calendar and Cancer Council Australia has stepped up to dispel "internet-based" myths about the disease with its website iheard.

Cancer Council chief executive officer Professor Ian Olver said that while the internet is a "phenomenal" information resource, it can also be a vehicle for misinformation.

"For example, just Google ‘cancer’ + ‘plastic bottles’, and more than three million hits come up," Professor Olver said.