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Written by: Suzanne Still
08/01/2013 - 11:45am

The Tasmanian bushfires have devastated a number of the island's communities, with public health authorities issuing some advice about the use of rainwater tanks in these areas.

Chief health officer and director of Public Health Dr Roscoe Taylor said that people should take a number of steps to ensure the quality of their water.

"The presence of ash and debris in rainwater does not represent a health risk but it can affect colour, clarity and taste, " Dr Taylor said.

Written by: Edward Brewer
08/01/2013 - 11:44am

People currently in Tasmania with respiratory conditions are being advised to take precautions as the smoke from bushfires continues to linger over parts of the island.

Smoke levels triggered air quality notifications in parts of Tasmania yesterday (January 7), particularly in the island's south east, said state manager of environmental health services Stuart Heggie.

Written by: Jethro Still
08/01/2013 - 11:41am

Temperatures across NSW and other parts of the country are expected to soar over the next few days, with Sydney predicted to reach a high of 43 degrees today (January 8).

These extreme heats can be dangerous to health and lead to 'life threatening situations'.

Acting chief superintendent of the Ambulance Service of NSW, Ian Johns, says that it's important not to underestimate the heat.

NSW Health said that now is the time to prepare an Extreme Weather Plan as sunburn, heat exposure and dehydration can lead to heat stroke.

Written by: Suzanne Still
07/01/2013 - 12:14pm

Though there are now sunscreens with a higher sun protective factor (SPF) available on the market - SPF 50+ recently offered - Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Dr Steve Hambleton has warned people not to limit their sun protection only to 'stronger sunscreens'.

Dr Hambleton said that people should still limit their time in the sun, particularly during the middle of the day, and advised seeking a spot in the shade.

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/01/2013 - 12:14pm

In light of the new year, many Australians may have made improving their health and wellbeing their New Year's resolution, and one step toward helping achieve this is to set up health insurance.

Private health cover can help to ensure that you or your family members can get the appropriate treatment and care for their medical needs.

Written by: Edward Brewer
04/01/2013 - 3:15pm

The new year has brought in scorching temperatures to Australia, with the National Heart Foundation of Australia today (January 4) issuing a warning for those with heart disease to take "extra care" this week.

There is a higher risk for people with heart disease - and those who take medication for blood pressure - of falling ill, suffering a heart attack or dying during a heatwave.

An increase in heart attacks and deaths caused by heart attacks during heatwaves was shown in recent research from the Queensland University of Technology.

Written by: Jethro Still
04/01/2013 - 3:14pm

A "record heatwave" is expected to make its presence felt in parts of Australia in the next few days, with attorney-general and minister for emergency management Nicola Roxon reminding people to be prepared.

"While disasters can be unpredictable, we can all be better prepared," Ms Roxon said.

"Listening to local radio, checking information from your local emergency services website or social media pages and staying in touch with your community are just some of the ways you can stay informed."

Written by: Suzanne Still
03/01/2013 - 2:19pm

The holiday season is a prime time to assess your state of health and get any issues addressed. A health insurance plan might be just what you need to start 2013 off on the right foot.

During the summer holidays you may find yourself indulging in a little too much food and drink over the season, which may have damaging effects on your health and wellbeing.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) warned people against the "dangerous habit" of mixing highly caffeinated energy drinks and alcohol.

Written by: Edward Brewer
03/01/2013 - 2:01pm

It's that time of year to think about what your new year's resolutions will be, with the improvement of health and wellbeing one of the most common areas people choose to set their sights on.

If you plan on quitting smoking this year, then it may be a little easier according to federal health minister Tanya Plibersek.

The health minister said that those wanting to quit will benefit from new free smartphone apps, anti-smoking TV ads and larger graphic health warnings on the new plain packs.

Written by: Jethro Still
21/12/2012 - 2:51pm

Christmas arrives in less than four days, with New Year's fast approaching - have you come up with your resolution yet?

Many people take a health and wellbeing-related approach to their goals for the year, with some opting to quit smoking, others determined to eat healthier and others still wanting to get more active and join the gym.

If your New Year's resolution is aimed at improving your health, then you might want to consider getting you and your family set up with Australian health insurance.