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16/10/2014 - 3:29pm

The government has increased its rhetoric that a $7 GP co-payment charge will benefit the funding of medical services and support the medical and research community.

This month, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a united front in passing a rule change that he said is conditional on reaching the $20 billion target for the Medical Research Future Fund.

10/10/2014 - 12:26pm

Every person with diabetes is at risk of losing their eyesight. And yet, as few as one in five (20 per cent) Indigenous Australians suffering from diabetes will get their eyes regularly tested, in addition to only 50 per cent of non-Indigenous citizens. What's more, the low figures haven't changed over a decade. These are the recent findings of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), which show a need for increased support to improve eye care.

08/10/2014 - 2:44pm

In 1928, when Alexander Fleming discovered the bacteria penicillin growing in an old, discarded Petri dish, the medical world was turned on its head. It was some 11 years later when South Australian Howard Florey lead a team of British scientists to begin manufacturing the drug that would go on to save the lives of millions. 

08/10/2014 - 7:35am

October is officially Safe Work Australia Month, with individuals and businesses motivated to check their safety standards in the workplace. The month-long program aims to increase the knowledge and resources people have when considering workplace safety, and encourages them to take a closer look at the risks that exist to their health. 

The risks an individual may be exposed to in their professional life has a profound effect on their wellbeing, as well as an employer's relationship to health and safety.

01/10/2014 - 9:09am

Cardiovascular disease is a major problem that affects millions of Aussies. In fact, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 6 Australians suffer from cardiovascular health problems - that's 3.4 million people. One in 3 deaths in Australia were the result of cardiovascular problems as well. It's clear to many health specialists that heart health is a priority for care in Oz.

What is cardiovascular disease?

17/09/2014 - 9:41am

This year, 5-11 October will mark the observation of Mental Health Week in Australia. With World Mental Health Day taking place on the 10th, the week is a good opportunity to reflect on mental health issues that continue to impact millions of people worldwide.

Mental illness in Australia

13/08/2014 - 1:36pm

Many Australians have taken an interest in naturopathy in recent years. This ancient system of medicine has become popular as more and more people have opted to turn to more natural remedies for chronic illness. Before deciding whether or not naturopathy is right for you, you should know the details behind this theory of medical care.

What is naturopathy?

29/07/2014 - 4:10pm

Public health benefits often lack the additional coverage Australians need to remain healthy and pain-free. Private health insurance, on the other hand, can offer cover for dental, optical and chiropractic treatments so many Australians find essential.

18/07/2014 - 9:43am

This week is National Diabetes Awareness Week and Diabetes Australia is encouraging people to assess whether they may be at risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects 285 million people. By 2030, it is expected to affect 438 million people around the world.

17/07/2014 - 8:29am

The National Stroke Foundation released a new report on July 14 2014 mapping out the localities of strokes in Australia.

The Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash explained that the report, Stroke in Australia: No postcode left untouched, identifies areas where the number of stroke victims is significant and where the disease is likely to be an issue.

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