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18/11/2014 - 9:34am

Travelling is one of the greatest ways Aussies can see the world. While our own country is great for local tourism, our seclusion from much of the world makes exploring other countries a thrilling experience.

Travelling is more popular than ever in Australia. A decade ago, there were 18.6 border crossings, according to a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics report. This included people leaving and arriving in the country over the 2003-2004 period.

12/11/2014 - 7:28am

Australia is known for attracting workers from all over the world. On Aussie shores, many can find their skills put to use, and the economy often sees the benefit.

Which is why we have the 457 visa program, to ensure skilled individuals continue to come and add their experience across all states and territories.

Towards the end of the year, Australia has around 25,000 migrant workers in the country, according to a June release by the Department of Immigration and Border Control.

12/11/2014 - 7:25am

It can be easy to find a skewed view on hospital care. Most opinions either come from either bad or good examples of how an individual found their level of treatment - the fact that both can occur shows that it is a imperfect way of gauging the standard of a specific facility.

If you are looking at your health insurance and the level of care you are receiving, or are likely to receive should you fall victim of illness or injury, it is important to know the hard facts.

05/11/2014 - 3:11pm

The world is an increasingly smaller place - or so it is said. With almost any country on Earth accessible by a mere day's flight, it seems more people are taking the opportunity to work abroad.

We see this on a global scale, with millions of people heading abroad to offer their skills to different regions and reinforce some of the most important industries worldwide.

30/10/2014 - 3:19pm

Health care inevitably affects us all in some way, though that doesn't stop many Australians from worrying about it. This is courtesy of the latest survey by Ipsos Social Research Institute, which found health care to be the second biggest concern among Australians.

With new and recurring health concerns covered by the media and many struggling to find the appropriate health insurance to cover against all eventualities, large portions of the Australian population rank health care among their top worries.

30/10/2014 - 2:03pm

The privatisation of Australia's largest insurance provider begins on October 28, as shares in the company go on sale.

The sale of Medibank is designed to make the health insurance market more competitive, as the government steps back from being a provider of cover to the general population.

23/10/2014 - 3:11pm

Telstra has its fingers in many pies. This week, the telecommunication company announced that it will ramp up its activity in Australia's medical industry and enter the competitive healthcare sector.

The Australian incumbent announced a new service designed to connect patients in remote locations with GPs, as well as developing new local and global partnerships with healthcare providers.

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. 

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