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07/01/2015 - 1:27pm

Technology is driving innovation in nearly every commercial sector. Following an announcement by the government that Australia's first digital eHealth facility is now open, it appears even hospitals are following the trend, too.

St Stephen's Private Hospital in Hervey Bay is the first of its kind in Australia, with provisions for up to 96 inpatients and three operating theatres utilising only the most up-to-date and sophisticated eHealth technologies.

The future of health care

06/01/2015 - 8:21am

The Australian government is set to roll out a Community Awareness initiative to help the wider population better understand the issues surrounding organ donation.

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) was set up in 2009 as a way for the government to better manage organ donors - and their specific wishes - across the country. This latest announcement will see over $462,000 provided to over 22 organisations which have the remit of increasing interest and helping Australians better understand what it means to become an organ donor.

22/12/2014 - 12:01pm

Following the floating of Medibank on the Australia Stock Exchange (ASX) in late November, the immediate aftermath seemed to be overwhelmingly positive. The share price reached $2.22 on its opening day, a figure welcomed by investors who managed to buy their stake in the company for the issue price of $2. 

19/12/2014 - 12:06pm

A new calendar year offers a clean slate in many aspects of life. From joining a gym to eating more healthily, many people use the ticking over of the calendar as a means to review.

Whilst you don't have to do anything particularly drastic, making sure that your private health insurance is giving you the best possible coverage should be high on your list of resolutions. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Make sure your premiums are up-to-date

18/12/2014 - 4:31pm

The government has announced that reinforcing Medicare as 'strong and sustainable' is one of their main aims into 2015.

Following the release of the 2014-2015 budget, there was to be a $7 Medicare co-payment introduced across the country. However, this has now been scrapped. Rather than that ill-received co-payment, the government has plans to introduce a package of new schemes which - it is hoped - will only better Medicare and continue to provide what it describes as 'affordable, world-class healthcare.'

17/12/2014 - 3:10pm

There are a whole host of health funds which can provide you with an even bigger number of insurance products. Putting in the time and effort to find the right one may be something you only do once, but keeping in mind that you have the right to change can be crucial.

16/12/2014 - 11:18am

Making that extra effort to go on holiday over the festive period is one option which many Australians choose to take. If you've identified the fact that you're going to need appropriate travel insurance to cover the entirety - or a specific leg - of your trip, then finding the right cover can seem daunting at first.

02/12/2014 - 3:31pm

Whether you're the head of an enormous conglomerate with multiple interests, or a small-business owner in charge of a handful of highly trained individuals, making sure your employees' health and wellbeing is secure can be absolutely critical to continued success.

Finding the right corporate health insurance can be a key way to do this. There are a total of 35 health funds available in Australia, each with varying policies and levels of cover.

02/12/2014 - 3:29pm

During your youth, there can be an inner feeling which makes you believe that you can take on the world and that your health and wellbeing will look after themselves. Many young adults will put finding the right health insurance cover a long way down their list of priorities, but should they be taking it more seriously?

If you are a millennial concerned about your lack of health insurance, here are a few things to keep in mind:

01/12/2014 - 8:44am

Getting out and travelling the world - no matter what your age - can be one of the great joys in life. When you're young, the opportunity to live and work in another country will always be an attractive prospect.

However, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has reinforced that it's now more important than ever for young people travelling to Australia to understand their 457 visas. 

Potential for fraud