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17/06/2016 - 4:23pm

The 40-hour working week has become a standard in Australia; five days a week, nine in the morning to five in the evening. It's become such a common idea that people often forget just how much time this is, particularly in regards to how it affects their health. Mankind never evolved to be sat at a desk for eight hours a day, after all. For 13 per cent of the population, that 40-hour week stretches to 50 or more, according to the OECD.

14/06/2016 - 2:37pm

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was once quoted as saying "Youth is the most beautiful thing in this world - and what a pity that it has to be wasted on the children". This phrase has now entered common parlance, though a little more concisely: "Youth is wasted on the young". There might be a certain truth to it too, but it is perhaps more telling of the power of hindsight rather than the behaviour of young Australians.

19/05/2016 - 5:44pm

Disability is a wide and complex topic, and can be a difficult subject to talk about. Whether from birth or from an incident later in life, disability can make a huge difference to how you interact with the world and the people within it - and, of course, vice versa.

As Australians live longer, disability will shortly become less of an outlier and more of an expected part of life, especially in old age. However, with the right cover, living with disability does not have to be difficult.

19/04/2016 - 4:18pm

Family planning is perhaps one of the most common reasons why people look to refresh their private health insurance. No longer are you taking care of yourselves as a couple, there's a whole new human to add to the equation. 

15/03/2016 - 1:51pm

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an issue that is putting a huge burden on the health system. The organs are specialists at keeping the bloodstream clean of toxins, and also produce various hormones that we need each and every day.

And yet kidney damage and reduced kidney function - two health issues that categorise CKD - are becoming more prevalent in Australia, and more expensive to treat.

08/01/2016 - 3:40pm

Obesity can be a difficult subject to broach. There are many reasons why people are overweight, including medical and mental conditions that make it difficult for people to avoid the risks of obesity. And yet in Australia, it is a growing problem that medical professionals are trying to address.

11/12/2015 - 2:51pm

Do you know what your employees' New Years resolutions are? Nielsen recently looked into some of the most common ones, and found that many people can be helped along by a company's corporate health insurance benefits.

07/12/2015 - 4:15pm

Stress is a rather silent affliction. We touched recently on how it is costing Australian businesses more than $10 billion each and every year in productivity issues; however, the effects go much deeper than just in the workplace.

04/12/2015 - 2:42pm

Many of Australia's young people are unlikely to have health insurance at the top of their priorities list. In fact, they may not have health matters on their minds at all.

24/11/2015 - 1:44pm

The Australian government is consistently assessing whether the private health insurance industry is fit for purpose. After all, while the general perception may be that the power is with the health funds, it's the applicable industry bodies and decision makers that have to approve any vast changes - particularly those based around pricing.

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