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26/03/2013 - 3:02pm

If you're planning on visiting Australia some time soon, it's vital that you take care of your health care requirements to ensure you really enjoy your trip - without getting stuck with a costly medical bill.

The Australian government has Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Malta.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/03/2013 - 3:33pm

A "modern day collection tin" has been launched for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, with the Facebook app for the campaign going live today (March 25).

Donating has never been easier, where instead of scrounging around for change, people can simply use the app to make a donation and receive an emailed receipt within minutes.

25/03/2013 - 3:32pm

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) presents the hard facts that while one in three Australians will need blood in their lifetime, only one in 30 will actually donate.

Snacking on dark chocolate could be the key to preventing a national blood shortage this Easter, says the ARCBS.

The blood service 'urgently needs' an extra 8,000 people to give blood this long weekend, with spokesperson Kathy Bowlen adding that dark chocolate contained more iron than milk chocolate and even red meat, making it the 'perfect treat' for potential donors.

Written by: Jethro Still
25/03/2013 - 3:31pm

If you've left reviewing your health insurance policy on the backburner, then now is the time to act, with the average premium increase of 5.6 per cent set to begin from next Monday (April 1).

21/03/2013 - 3:17pm

Epilepsy is the world's most common serious brain disorder, currently affecting the lives of over 225,000 Australians.

March is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, raising awareness of the often debilitating condition which is estimated to affect more than three per cent of the Australian population within their lifetime.

Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to raising awareness about the condition on March 26.

21/03/2013 - 3:14pm

The health insurance premium increases are set to take effect soon, so in light of these changes we have decided to offer three top tips on getting the best out of your private health cover.

Written by: Suzanne Still
21/03/2013 - 3:12pm

If you have kids and currently only have individual health insurance, you can opt to get private health cover to look after the whole family.

Family health insurance helps to ensure that your loved ones get the appropriate medical treatment and care needed.

Written by: Jethro Still
19/03/2013 - 3:43pm

The Cancer Institute NSW has launched a new campaign calling for Australians to take more care in listening out for the early signs of lung cancer.

Lung cancer is currently the most common cause of cancer death in the country, with seven people dying of this disease in Australia every day.

David Currow, chief cancer officer and chief executive officer of the Cancer Institute NSW, says that people need to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and to take action if anything feels amiss.

19/03/2013 - 2:34pm

Australians covered by health insurance will be familiar with waiting periods, which are identified as the extent of time in your health fund membership that no benefits are payable for certain services or procedures.

Waiting periods may also apply to any additional benefits when you upgrade your private health cover.

Written by: Suzanne Still
18/03/2013 - 1:06pm

Moving house can be an extremely busy and stressful time, but it's important to keep your head so that you can get essential tasks completed without adding more to your workload.

One activity that you must get done when moving homes is the update of your health insurance policy.

Let your health fund know about changes to your address to help avoid problems later on, when you may need to use your health insurance.