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19/03/2014 - 12:28pm

Now that summer is well and truly behind us, it is time to start preparing your workplace for the winter months. Unfortunately, with the colder weather comes the risk of colds and influenza in the workplace.

These illnesses can cost Australian businesses more than $7 billion each year in lost productivity due to absenteeism, according to St John Australia. This is an estimated 1.5 million lost work days.

19/03/2014 - 12:18pm

Eight leading organisations in the Australian health industry have come together to express their support for improving dental health for children and those stuck in the public health system.

In a March 7 media release from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), institutions such as the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) and Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) added their weight behind a call to continue crucial dental health funding Down Under.

19/03/2014 - 12:17pm

With April just around the corner, now is the last chance to take out an Australian health insurance product at the pre-premium increase price.

Most of us would prefer to avoid the price hike altogether, but unfortunately the average 6.2 per cent increase is expected to affect all private health insurance policyholders across Australia.

11/03/2014 - 9:11pm

More than half (54 per cent) of workers believe their employers don't care about staff health and wellbeing, according to a recent survey from UK human resources advisor Investors In People (IIP).

Released on February 19, the report revealed that the employers who failed to show support for health and welfare risked their staff becoming disengaged and potentially looking for a new job.

11/03/2014 - 9:10pm

A report from Medibank Private has revealed the most common reasons behind Australian private hospital admissions. The results have shed light on private health insurance usage around the country.

Released on March 11, the report found that while childbirth remains the most frequent cause of overnight stays / admissions, the number of patients seeking joint replacements is quickly gaining ground.

07/03/2014 - 1:30pm

When you're considering taking out a private hospital insurance policy to cover your future medical needs, you need to be aware of the restrictions and waiting periods that can affect your ability to make a claim.

In particular, if you are planning to use your health insurance to cover treatment for an illness or injury sustained before taking out the cover, you will have to comply with the 'pre-existing condition' waiting period.

06/03/2014 - 8:59am

The rate of tooth decay among Australian children is increasing, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

In the Dental and Oral Health report, released on February 26, AIHW revealed two out of three Aussie 12 year olds have tooth decay in their permanent teeth.

A number of dental experts have attributed this rise to an increase in the amount of sweetened drinks and food Australians are consuming.

06/03/2014 - 8:09am

If you've been thinking about expanding your family and believe you will require private health cover for pregnancy and birth-related services, you will need to take out a policy long before you fall pregnant.

03/03/2014 - 8:58pm

Australians living with glaucoma, diabetes and advanced soft tissue sarcoma will now benefit from the addition of medications used to treat these conditions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

These important medicines will now be eligible for PBS subsidies to help make them more affordable for the individuals who need them, Minister for Health Peter Dutton explained in a February 27 media release.

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.