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Written by: Jethro Still
24/12/2013 - 2:29am

Better screening programs in Australia help to detect many cancers at an earlier stage, contributing to stronger survival rates.

This is according to a December 12 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which noted that between 2000-01 and 2008-09, the overall expenditure on cancer-related medical programs has risen by 56 per cent - a figure higher than the 52 per cent rise in total health spending.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/12/2013 - 2:27am

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have indicated that many women between the ages of 16 and 44 are not getting the recommended vitamins and nutrients they require to prepare for pregnancy.

Women in this age group are considered to be of childbearing age, and while most are taking in sufficient levels of folate - which prevents conditions such as spina bifida in newborns - nearly one in five is not getting the recommended amount of iodine.

17/12/2013 - 3:08pm

Australians with private health insurance have the freedom to choose where they receive medical treatment and there is an increasing trend of private patients using their health insurance in public hospitals, according to figures from the Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA).

Public patients seeking treatment in public hospitals increased by 16 per cent from 2005-06 to 2010-11, compared to a 50 per cent increase of private patients in the same facilities.

Written by: Jethro Still
17/12/2013 - 9:39am

Life expectancies for men and women are higher in metropolitan areas across Australia than in many rural areas, a new report has shown.

The latest research from the National Health Performance Authority shows life expectancies at birth for men and women by local area, and indicates a considerable disparity between urban and regional areas.

Written by: Jethro Still
16/12/2013 - 11:59am

Better medical treatment could reduce the number of avoidable deaths due to health-related conditions across Australia, a new report has revealed.

The study, which is the first to track avoidable deaths in Australia by geographic location, was published by the National Health Performance Authority. It reveals that more than 33,000 deaths in our country each year are the result of avoidable causes and involve people below the age of 75.

12/12/2013 - 3:07pm

A blood test that could help prevent the tragedy of stillbirth has been developed by researchers at Mercy Health in Melbourne.

Medical professionals have long struggled to identify and measure the oxygen levels of a baby inside the womb, which leads to difficulty in diagnosing oxygen and nutrient deprivation in foetuses.

About half of the 2,000 recorded stillbirths in Australia each year are caused by oxygen and nutrient deprivation. The condition can also result in brain damage and other serious injuries in infants.

09/12/2013 - 3:20pm

When purchasing private health insurance, your chosen provider will often place a waiting period on your policy.

This waiting period will represent the time before you can receive benefits from your health insurance cover.

Waiting periods are an accepted method for health fund providers to protect themselves from patients only taking out a policy when they know or suspect they may need hospital treatment.

29/11/2013 - 4:28pm

Research on the waiting times for malignant breast, bowel and lung cancer surgery will help lead service improvement, according to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

The National Health Performance Authority found overall results were positive but there were significant levels of variation between treatment for those with private health insurance and their uninsured counterparts across multiple facilities.

29/11/2013 - 8:56am

Rising costs is just one of the issues that are likely to emerge in light of an ageing population, recent research from the OECD suggests.

The group found that benefits need to be sufficient to maintain a standard of living in old age, while policy action must be taken to ensure people are able to meet living costs.

Pensions at a Glance 2013 explained that the majority of OECD countries will have a retirement age of at least 67 years for both men and women by 2050.

27/11/2013 - 6:47am

Health care services throughout Australia are likely to face more strain than ever over the coming decades, as new figures predict the population will double by 2075.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) made the forecast, indicating that 46 million people will live in the country in 62 years' time.

Director of demography at the ABS Bjorn Jarvis explained that if population growth speeds up at a faster rate than expected, this target could be reached as early as 2058.

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