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09/06/2015 - 10:12am

The winter months may be a welcome reprieve from the sweltering hot Australian summers; however, they are typically a time when people fall ill, too.

Winter illnesses are as common Down Under as anywhere else in the world. The reasons are numerous, but many put it down to an immune system that is overloaded in the colder months or a general lack of exercise.

05/06/2015 - 4:10pm

Many Australians are looking to expand their families with either their first child or by adding another to the flock.

Such family planning has even increased in the past decade or so, as Australia's population boom continues.

According to the most recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 307,000 Australian mothers gave birth to more than 312,000 babies in 2012 - a 3.4 per cent increase from 2011 and an impressive 21.5 per cent rise since 2003.

In fact, the birth rate is at its highest level in a decade.

04/06/2015 - 6:08pm

Australia is an attractive place to work for many people all over the world. On top of the typically warm climate and a famously laid-back culture, our economy supports people who want to lend their skills to our talent pool.

After all, we're the sixth biggest country in the world with a population around a third the size of the UK and one-fourteenth that of the US, so there's room to grow.

01/06/2015 - 11:53am

You may have heard that the Australian population is growing, but do you know by how much?

According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there is a birth in the country every one minute and 44 seconds, while one death happens every three minutes and 27 seconds - meaning there are almost two births for every death.

On top of this, an international migrant takes residence in Australia every two minutes and 13 seconds. Overall, this has led to the total population increasing by one person every one minute and 21 seconds.

29/05/2015 - 3:02pm

Author Arthur C. Clarke once said: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

When we talk about seemingly magical uses for modern technology, it is difficult to look beyond how it's used in the medical industry. After all, the accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928 changed the world, as did the first prototypes that eventually became the MRI machine in 1977.

28/05/2015 - 12:30pm

Many organisations will always strive for the best - the best products, offices, brand image, etc. Achieving this also means having employees who can similarly be called "the best" at what they do.

However, many companies - big and small - are finding it difficult to attract the right talent.

28/05/2015 - 9:57am

The federal government has sent out a word of warning to uninsured Australians. On May 4, the Department of Health posted a letter and fact sheet regarding lifetime health cover (LHC), with the aim of providing Australians with more information with which to make a decision on their private health insurance needs.

27/05/2015 - 12:54pm

Last month, the price of private health insurance rose, as it does every year, to keep up with the rate of inflation.

27/05/2015 - 12:54pm

It's been a complicated 12 months for Medibank Private. The largest health insurance provider in Australia underwent a transformation last year when it decided to launch on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

The newly privatised company will undergo another directional change as it looks to revitalise its brand image from an "expensive" health fund, The Australian reports.

07/05/2015 - 6:31pm

We've focused recently on the power of a corporate health insurance plan in attracting, selecting and ultimately hiring key talent.

In many ways, a company is only as good as its employees, so being able to recruit the best people in a competitive market is a great advantage for a business of any size.

Not every employee is a new hire, however, and focusing on the substantial benefits in the recruitment stage is important, though not the entire picture.