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17/06/2013 - 4:30pm

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has called for the existing after-hours funding arrangements to be maintained for at least another quarter as issues of available hours for medical care and treatment are currently under discussion and debate.

This is so that outstanding issues arising from the transition of management of after-hours funding to Medicare Locals can be resolved.

17/06/2013 - 2:33pm

The number of mumps cases is on the rise in New South Wales, with 15 being reported in May alone.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases for NSW Health, said that it was mostly young adults being affected by this recent outbreak.

She has called for everyone to check their immunisation status, especially if they are planning on travelling overseas sometime in the near future.

"Many people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s will not be immune [to mumps]", Dr Sheppeard said in a June 13 statement.

14/06/2013 - 4:19pm

Today (June 14) ministers from around Australia met to discuss important health issues at the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation in Sydney.

One of the topics discussed was the proposal to introduce a food Health Star Rating to the front of packaging labels to better inform consumers about the nutritional quality of their food choices.

Yesterday, both the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Cancer Council Australia urged ministers to support the scheme, which they believe will help in the fight against obesity.

Written by: Jethro Still
13/06/2013 - 4:28pm

The government has announced its new income thresholds for the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) and Private Health Insurance Rebate for the 2013-14 financial year.

12/06/2013 - 4:06pm

New research is set to look into the impact of Vitamin B12 levels on the brain and in particular, dementia. Other aspects of memory and decision making will also be studied.

Six new dementia research grants have been announced by federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek and minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler.

11/06/2013 - 4:30pm

The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) has just released their first annual report, which reveals that there is an urgent need for alcohol promotion in Australia to be better regulated.

The AARB is a joint venture between the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth and the Cancer Council Western Australia.

Their report demonstrates that young people are being targeted by inappropriate advertising campaigns involving sports sponsorship, product packaging designed to appeal to the young, and the promotion of excessive alcohol consumption.

11/06/2013 - 4:28pm

Funding towards Aboriginal health organisations has increased in order to improve health outcomes for these groups in the Northern Territory.

The federal government has announced $1.32 million in funding over the next two years for Ninti One - an Aboriginal organisation providing outreach, training and support - to deliver services as part of the Stronger Communities for Children program. 

Written by: Suzanne Still
11/06/2013 - 8:10am

Ron Wakelin-King, chief executive officer of the New South Wales Taxi Council, is urging male taxi drivers around the state to get their health checked.

"Taxi drivers spend their working day on the road, sitting in the taxi for up to 12 hours," said Mr Wakelin-King in a June 9 statement.

Such behaviour can be detrimental to their health - spending most of the day sitting has been linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer.

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/06/2013 - 4:32pm

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have revealed that the location of your home can affect your likelihood of certain health-related habits.

For instance, the likelihood of you being overweight, obese, or a smoker can be affected by where you live.

"In 2011-12, those living in outer regional and remote Australia had higher rates of daily smoking (22 per cent) compared with those living in major cities of Australia (15 per cent)," said Louise Gates, director of health at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

06/06/2013 - 4:40pm

According to the government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), one of the "golden rules" of having health insurance is keeping your premium payments up-to-date.

Doing so will save you money in the long run, and it will also make sure that you can actually access the medical care covered by your policy if and when you need it.

The following are a few tips to help you manage your policy payments.

How can I make sure I pay on time?