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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

08/11/2013 - 2:48pm

Today (November 8) is the International Day of Radiology and, with a focus on Imaging and Lung Disease, Australian radiologists have welcomed the day by unveiling a ultra-low dose CT technique.

Traditionally cystic fibrosis diagnosis was limited to chest x-rays that delivered limited information, or conventional CT scans that involved large doses of radiation, while this new technique promises a more accurate cystic fibrosis diagnosis with significantly reduced radiation risks.

06/11/2013 - 8:53am

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman has released a list of ten tips to help you avoid common problems with your health insurance provider and policy. Here is part two.

6. Know your limit

Some private health insurance providers place a limit on the claims you can make, particularly in fields such as dental or optical services.

04/11/2013 - 2:19pm

A record number of patients have been treated in Victorian hospitals, according to the latest performance review of local health services.

The Victorian Health Services Performance Report found hospitals had treated 39,992 patients on the elective surgery waiting list in the three months preceding June this year, which was an increase of 5,749 from the previous quarter.

04/11/2013 - 2:18pm

Uninsured Australians make up 54.4 per cent of the population aged over 14, with 46.8 per cent of this group 'undecided' as to whether they will take up health insurance, according to the Roy Morgan Consumer Single Source Survey.