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Written by: Edward Brewer
12/11/2012 - 12:12pm

NSW minister for health Jillian Skinner and minister for finance and services Greg Pearce launched a $20,000 apps4nsw competition on November 9, established to encourage the development of smartphone and tablet apps to improve the health system and patient outcomes.

"We are committed to working with industry and ICT developers to create new uses for government-held data to benefit the entire community and contribute to our local ICT industry," Mr Pearce said.

Written by: Jethro Still
12/11/2012 - 12:11pm

Almost 12,000 Australians live with a spinal cord injury, commonly caused by road accidents, falls and water-related incidents.

Some of these causes could be prevented, with Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW) taking place every year to raise awareness and promote prevention of spinal cord injuries in Australia.

SCIAW 2012 will be held from today (November 12) to Sunday November 18, with this year's event focusing on raising awareness of the impact that a spinal cord injury has on the person affected and their friends and family.

Written by: Jethro Still
09/11/2012 - 3:19pm

Australia's highest ever recorded life expectancy estimates were released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday (November 8).

Director of ABS Demography Bjorn Jarvis said that the Deaths, Australia, 2011 publication indicated that life expectancy figures continued to rise over the decade ending 2011.

"Under current estimates, a boy born today could expect to live 79.7 years while a girl could expect to live 84.2. A male currently aged 65 could expect to live a further 19 years and female a further 22 years," Mr Jarvis said in a statement.

Written by: Edward Brewer
09/11/2012 - 3:17pm

Diabetes Australia says that around 280 Australians are estimated to develop diabetes every day - that amounts to about 102,200 people affected each year.

Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease, with World Diabetes Day on November 14 aiming to raise awareness of the condition and educate people in preventing the disease.

The International Diabetes Foundation is encouraging people to wear blue throughout November and organise a physical activity such as cycling, hula hooping or dancing to get their family and friends moving to mark the campaign.

Written by: Jethro Still
08/11/2012 - 11:22am

Fifteen years ago the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) was established to encourage people with higher incomes to take out private hospital cover.

The MLS involves an extra tax of between 1 per cent and 1.5 per cent, adding to the normal Medicare Levy of 1.5 per cent.

If you do not have an eligible private hospital insurance policy and have an annual taxable income (including Reportable Fringe Benefits) of more than $84,000 for singles or $168,000 for families then you have to pay the MLS.

Written by: Edward Brewer
08/11/2012 - 11:21am

The 'biggest-ever' push for healthier lifestyles in Central Goldfields, Ararat and Pyrenees communities is being put forward by the joined forces of the Victorian coalition government, community health services and local councils.

The state minister for health David Davis launched the Victorian coalition government's Prevention Community Model yesterday (November 7) at Pyrenees House in Ararat.

"We are committed to working with the community in tackling preventable diseases, obesity, chronic illness and promoting healthier lifestyles," Mr Davis said.

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/11/2012 - 12:14pm

If you live in rural NSW, you can find the appropriate healthcare with the help of private health cover. A new committee unveiled by state health minister Jillian Skinner also aims to aid healthcare in rural NSW.

Ms Skinner announced the launch of a Ministerial Advisory Committee for Rural Health, which aims to improve the delivery of healthcare and the 'general health' of NSW's rural communities.

Written by: Suzanne Still
07/11/2012 - 12:11pm

A study published in the November 5 edition of the Medical Journal of Australia has acknowledged Western Australia's need for more GPs.

The study looked at the 'appropriateness' of referrals to Royal Perth Hospital's emergency department (ED) by healthdirect Australia.

Chief medical officer Dr Gary Geelhoed said over half of people (52 per cent) presented at the ED, and had contacted healthdirect, were told to see a GP or were given advice on self care in the first case.

Written by: Edward Brewer
06/11/2012 - 2:33pm

November is the one month of the year that men can leave their shaver to gather dust and let their moustaches grow out in support of men's health.

Movember has rolled around for another year, encouraging Australian men to grow their mo' in support of the two biggest health issues men face, prostate cancer and mental health.

The men's health awareness month started right here in Australia, becoming a global movement and gaining participants in New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, South Africa, Ireland and more.

Written by: Suzanne Still
06/11/2012 - 2:30pm

The Melbourne Cup is one of the nation's biggest racing events, with many Australians getting in on the festivities to celebrate the race.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is urging people to donate blood in the days following the major event with supplies expected to decline as the race takes centre stage.

The group is concerned that the stocks of platelets will take a big hit as a result of limited donations around the country and the Victorian long weekend.