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Written by: Jethro Still
03/03/2014 - 8:32pm

Employers who have multiple international workers on their staff may benefit from recently announced changes to 457 visa nominations.

From February 14 this year, the government removed the ceiling on nominations for 457 visas. This means employers are no longer bound by the number of nominations they initially requested on their Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) applications.

This is great news for employers whose businesses have expanded and need to take on additional staff but have reached their nomination limit.

28/02/2014 - 2:20pm

There is a wealth of health insurance providers in Australia, with each insurer offering a unique range of policies and benefits. Choosing which fund and policy to choose can be a complex and difficult decision.

26/02/2014 - 8:31pm

Providing a corporate health plan within your business could provide many benefits for you, your company and your employees, according to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An investment in employee health initiatives can help lower healthcare costs and insurance premiums while also encouraging individuals to save money by improving their wellbeing and lifestyle choices.

26/02/2014 - 8:30pm

As Medicare faces an uncertain future and many people turn to private health insurance to cover any forthcoming gaps in cover, Australia's public and private health systems have come under the spotlight.

Medicare

26/02/2014 - 7:25pm

If you're living internationally but planning to visit and work in Australia this year, it is important you understand your visa requirements, including your health insurance needs.

Certain visas - such as the 485 temporary graduate visa and the 457 temporary work visa - require adequate Australian health insurance to be held during the entire duration of an individual's stay in Australia.

25/02/2014 - 10:05am

Regional areas in Queensland and Western Australia are expected to benefit from an influx of Australian-trained international medical graduates due to a new Commonwealth Medical Internship Scheme.

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton announced the scheme on February 20, explaining how the federal government will provide $40 million over the next four years to encourage Australian-trained international graduates to complete their internships in private hospitals and in regional areas.

13/02/2014 - 2:58pm

Australia's population is ageing and, as it does, the rates of arthritis, osteoarthritis and other joint issues are also escalating, according to Private Healthcare Australia.

Unfortunately, with a rise in these conditions, so too comes an increased demand for hip and knee replacements across the country.

13/02/2014 - 8:33am

Australian workers have realised the benefits of exercise and healthy eating in the workplace and have started to demand business health plans, according to the Human Resources Director (HRD) publication.

In a February 5 article, HRD revealed the results of a survey conducted by the Australian Fitness and Health Expo last year. The study found 93 per cent of respondents agreed exercise could help them feel happier and more productive.

13/02/2014 - 7:16am

Many Australians fall into the trap of believing once they have taken out a suitable health insurance policy, they have fulfilled their long-term healthcare requirements.

13/02/2014 - 7:15am

Approximately one third of Australians are lacking some knowledge about the use of private health insurance and more than a quarter are completely unaware of the Medicare rebate, according to a recent survey commissioned by comparison organisation Comparethemarket.