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26/07/2013 - 3:35pm

It isn't just the royal family who are welcoming a new addition.

The Royal Darwin Hospital, which is already the largest teaching hospital in the Northern Territory, is expecting a new addition of its own.

Plans are underway that will see its patient and surgical capacity expanded.

Robyn Lambley, health minister in the Northern Territory, announced yesterday (July 25) that the multi-million dollar contract for this project had been awarded, and construction was set to begin next month.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/07/2013 - 4:34pm

The government's plain-packaged tobacco reforms are doing their job, according to a recent study conducted by the Department of Health and Ageing.

The study, which involved over 500 smokers, revealed that those purchasing plain-packaged tobacco felt the cigarettes were of a lower quality and less satisfying than they were a year ago (before the reforms were introduced).

They were also more likely to have thought about quitting.

Written by: Edward Brewer
23/07/2013 - 4:32pm

The Victorian government is launching two brand-new Academic Health Science Centres to help the state carry on with its world-leading medical research.

David Davis, Victoria's minister for health, today (July 23) opened the Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre in Melbourne.

He said Melbourne is respected around the globe for its medical research, and is regarded as a front-runner in the areas of science and innovation.

About one-third of Australia's medical and research companies are located in Melbourne.

22/07/2013 - 5:20pm

Guidelines are needed to ensure popular cosmetic procedures, such as "injectables" and "fillers", are better regulated, says the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dr Geoff Lyons, president of the ASPS, said his main concern about such procedures is that the public seems to think they are "not hazardous and therefore low risk".

This is incorrect, he explained. They are still real medical procedures and should be treated as such.

19/07/2013 - 4:11pm

Work-related stress is a common problem in Australia.

In fact, according to the Better Health Channel, it is the second most common compensated illness.

That's why Lifeline Australia organises Stress Down Day. This annual event is all about having fun and fundraising for a worthy cause.

Lifeline provides over-the-phone support to those suffering from mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as work-related stress.

17/07/2013 - 4:52pm

Medibank and Coles have teamed up with Fly Buys to reward Australians who put their health first.

Those who have a health insurance plan with Medibank or are already Fly Buys members, as well as brand new customers, will all reap the rewards of this fantastic new partnership.

For every $2 people with Australian health insurance from Medibank spend on their premiums, they will receive one Fly Buys point.

16/07/2013 - 4:31pm

In 2012, the government proposed a reform package designed to reshape aged care in Australia.

Called Living Longer Living Better, the package includes a ten-year strategy for bettering aged care, as well as $3.7 billion - which will be paid out over the next five years - to make it happen.

Of this, $80.2 million has been committed to improve access to complex health care, including palliative (end-of-life) care, and strengthen the lines of communication between public and private health-care providers.

15/07/2013 - 5:33pm

Fewer men and women are dying from heart attacks now than ever before, according to statistics released by the National Heart Foundation of Australia yesterday.

The organisation reports that the past decade has seen the number of deaths caused by heart attacks drop from 14,443 in 2001 to 9,811 in 2011.

12/07/2013 - 4:15pm

The Heart Foundation is urging Australians to join the fight against heart disease by knocking on doors in September as part of their Big Heart Appeal.

This is the largest community-led fundraising event the Heart Foundation has organised.

The campaign used to be known as the Heart Foundation Doorknock Appeal, so if you were wondering what had happened to this, don't worry - it's back and better than ever in 2013.

11/07/2013 - 4:31pm

The government announced yesterday (July 10) that it would put an extra $13.5 million toward primary health care research.

Tanya Plibersek, minister for health, said that the grant would help fund Australia's first international primary health care research organisation.

"Primary health care is critical to Australia's health system because it helps to keep people well and out of hospital," explained Ms Plibersek.