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17/08/2015 - 12:04pm

Alcohol is Australia's most widely used drug. According to the Australian Drug Foundation, 86.2 per cent of Australians aged 14 years and over have admitted to drinking alcohol at least once in their lives.

Meanwhile, around 20 per cent of them drink to an extent that causes health-related harm at some point. It is for health reasons that the Australian Medical Association (AMA) recently called on both federal and state governments to do more.

10/08/2015 - 9:06am

The Australian population is growing sharply in numbers and becoming older by average at the same time. While this is a good sign that healthcare is largely delivering in the right areas, allowing people to live longer, it also puts an increasing strain on the healthcare industry.

31/07/2015 - 11:31am

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common afflictions that can strike a person in the modern day. In fact, according to Diabetes Australia, it is the "epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia's health system".

22/07/2015 - 2:39pm

In many ways, Australia is now a safer country than it has perhaps ever been, with workplace accidents and road injuries both consistently falling in recent years. However, while injury rates are dropping, sedentary lifestyles pose a different kind of risk.

Many members of the Australian workforce spend their nine-to-five hours at a desk, in a car or otherwise in an inactive position. Experts say that in the long term, that type of lifestyle is likely to have a negative impact.

09/06/2015 - 10:12am

The winter months may be a welcome reprieve from the sweltering hot Australian summers; however, they are typically a time when people fall ill, too.

Winter illnesses are as common Down Under as anywhere else in the world. The reasons are numerous, but many put it down to an immune system that is overloaded in the colder months or a general lack of exercise.

14/04/2015 - 4:03pm

When it comes to promoting a healthy culture in the workplace, there are generally three types of employer: those who understand the benefits of a program to boost it and are doing so; those who understand the benefits but are lost on how to do so; and those who have no stance in making such an improvement.

The factor that may be holding back many in the latter category is a recognition of the importance of such an issue. Does improving employee wellbeing really have a positive effect on the business?

19/03/2015 - 8:17am

Creating a health insurance policy that covers your most pressing medical needs can be a complicated task.

On top of any specific health issues, there are common concerns that, without the right level of cover, can leave Australians with lower levels of care.

For instance, if a medical condition is to strike, many private health customers will want to choose their doctor and the location they will receive treatment - something that a complete policy will allow them to do.

23/01/2015 - 3:07pm

Many Australians are more concerned by body image than general wellbeing, according to recent research carried out by Medibank.

The Medibank Health Check quarterly report asked some 1,500 people about their self perceptions, and gathered some surprising results.

08/01/2015 - 3:00pm

The government has recently announced a new initiative which asks Australians to think about how healthy their diets actually are and the effect this can have on overall wellbeing.

A new rating system has been introduced, making it easier for the public to better understand how what they eat can effect their health. Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash explained the thinking behind this new Health Star Rating system.

08/01/2015 - 1:59pm

The Australian Government is set to review the rebate on private health insurance premiums for natural therapies undertaken by private health insurance policy holders. The initial plan was drawn up way back in July 2012, with extended delays pushing back the implementation of the review until 1 April this year.

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