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22/11/2013 - 3:46am

Obesity remains one of the biggest health problems faced by Australia - and urgent action is needed to prevent it becoming out of control.

This is according to Health at a Glance 2013, a report issued by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which found that although Australians enjoy one of the highest levels of health, the country is nevertheless at risk of an obesity epidemic.

21/11/2013 - 2:43pm

Corporate health and wellbeing is suffering because of stress among Australia's workforce, according to the third annual Stress and Wellbeing survey released by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) on November 10.

The study revealed that 75 per cent of Australian workers believe stress is negatively impacting their physical health, while 68 per cent report stress affects their mental health.

19/11/2013 - 2:17pm

The new Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) at Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) was officially opened today (November 19) by Tasmanian Minister for Health Michelle O'Byrne.

Reduced waiting times and improved health outcomes for patients are just two benefits the new $8.7 million unit is expected to bring to Tasmanian health care.

Funded as part of the $325 million Tasmanian Health Assistance Package, the 10 bed unit will provide care for patients requiring between 4 and 24 hours of hospital treatment.

19/11/2013 - 5:52am

Victoria's annual fire awareness week launched today with the message that all Victorians need to understand their fire risk and be ready to act this summer.

Planning and preparing for the fire season should include reviewing and updating your home, contents and health insurance policies to ensure you are covered if and when a fire occurs.

Australians living near grassland in the outskirts of a city or town are encouraged to consider the threat of fire to be a 'not if but when' situation.

19/11/2013 - 5:50am

Palliative care admissions in public and private hospitals increased by 49 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to a recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

More than 54,000 palliative care patients were admitted to hospitals in Australia in 2010-11, with 49.5 per cent of those patients aged 75 years or older.

In 2010-11, palliative care accounted for 0.6 per cent of all admissions, while in 2012 more than 30,000 patients accessed specialist palliative care services in Australia.

15/11/2013 - 2:14pm

GP consultations longer than 20 minutes are on the decline, according to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

A study released by AHHA on November 14 shows a decrease in average consultation time per GP is declining, while some general practitioners have effectively abandoned longer consultation times.

The proportion of GPs offering 'Level C' consultations has remained constant at 96 per cent. Level C sessions are those longer than 20 minutes.

14/11/2013 - 1:57pm

Depression is the second leading cause of global disability burden, according to a recent study published in the medical journal Public Library of Science: Medicine (PLOS).

By comparing depression with more than 200 other diseases and injuries known to cause disability, the PLOS study found clinical depression is a global public health priority, second only to back pain.

The impact of depression varied across different countries and regions, with a number of factors influencing the rate of reporting the condition.

13/11/2013 - 2:13pm

Regardless of your health insurance status, sometimes a trip to the hospital can result in you being admitted overnight or even longer.

The average stay in hospital will not only vary due to your illness or condition, but can also be influenced by the size and location of the hospital, according to an annual report from the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA).

11/11/2013 - 3:01pm

About 16 years ago the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) was introduced to encourage Australians with higher incomes to purchase private health insurance where possible, to help reduce demand on the public Medicare system.

What is the Medicare Levy Surcharge?

11/11/2013 - 2:59pm

November 20 is Go Home on Time Day, an annual initiative from the Australian Institute and mental health specialist group beyondblue.

The idea behind the day is simple - businesses are urged to encourage employees to leave work at 5.30pm on the dot.

The initiative is aimed at promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance and raising awareness of a startling trend emerging in Australian workplaces.

Trouble with productivity