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Written by: Edward Brewer
03/05/2013 - 1:13pm

A fantastic new tool that will no doubt prove useful in Australia's ongoing fight against heart attacks was released on May 1 by Victoria's Heart Foundation.

It's called Victorian Heart Maps, and essentially highlights areas around the state that have a high level of heart-attack activity.

As it stands, the people of Central Goldfields are most at risk, with Towong, Pyrenees, Yarriambiack and Southern Grampians following close behind.

This has been determined through data that was collected over the past five years by the Victorian government.

Written by: Les Lane
02/05/2013 - 9:46am

Every year, more than a quarter of a million Australians are being driven to quit the workforce prematurely because of debilitating back and arthritic pain.

This shocking statistic was revealed by Andrew McNamara, chief executive of The Chiropractors' Association of Australia, in a May 1 statement.

Mr McNamara said that retirements due to recurring medical problems are a "major setback to our nation’s productivity, with the government taking a $2.9 billion loss to GDP and an extra $1 billion in welfare payments and loss of tax income annually."

Written by: Suzanne Still
01/05/2013 - 11:00am

The National Stroke Foundation and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia are launching a campaign to combat "the silent killer" - high blood pressure.

"Nearly four million Australians over 25 have high blood pressure but many do not know their blood pressure numbers," stated Dr Erin Lalor, chief executive officer of the National Stroke Foundation.

Health check stations will be set up around Victoria between May 13 and 19 to remedy this, offering people the chance to take a questionnaire and determine their current blood pressure.

24/04/2013 - 1:11pm

Dental decay is one of the most commonly treated health problems in Australia.

A few state governments, including Queensland's, have recently declared that local councils are allowed to make up their own minds about whether to add fluoride to their towns' water supplies.

Water fluoridation, according to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), has been safely implemented in Australia for the past 50 years, and has proven itself to be an effective method of preventing dental decay.

Written by: Jethro Still
18/04/2013 - 3:14pm

A four-kilometre walk is being held in Melbourne on Sunday (April 21) to raise money for the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

This is Australia's only foundation that is solely dedicated to helping those suffering from pancreatic cancer, which is currently the fourteenth leading cause of death in the country.

The aim of the foundation and Sunday's walk is "to break through 40 years of no progress by doubling the number of people who survive Pancreatic Cancer by 2020".

18/04/2013 - 7:17am

Falls may be an "inevitable part of ageing," says Professor Paddy Phillips, South Australia's chief medical officer, but there are ways to reduce the chances of personal injury.

"In 2012 more than 9,000 older South Australians were admitted to public hospitals due to falls and it is estimated a further 9,000 are treated in the emergency department and discharged home," claimed Professor Phillips in a statement released earlier this month (April 4).

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/04/2013 - 3:13pm

Citizens of New South Wales may want to think about organising private health insurance in the near future, if a new report from Roy Morgan is anything to go by.

The research firm has this month released the results of its latest Alere Wellness Index, which has evaluated the health of Australia based on criteria including medical conditions, psychological wellbeing and lifestyle factors.

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/04/2013 - 2:41pm

Five leading health groups have today (April 17) launched a campaign to protect Victorians from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

'Keep Fresh Air Fresh' aims to ban smoking in all outdoor dining and drinking areas. It is part of a wider crusade by Victoria's Department of Health to eradicate second-hand smoke from other public areas, such as swimming pools and outdoor skate parks.

According to Asthma Australia, approximately 2 million Australians are currently suffering from asthma. The disease also causes around 400 deaths throughout the country every year.

Written by: Edward Brewer
15/04/2013 - 3:19pm

A recent report conducted by the National Health Performance Authority indicates that the vast majority of Australian children are getting immunised, but there's still room for improvement.

Titled 'Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children 2011-12', the report is publicly available for free download.

Written by: Edward Brewer
12/04/2013 - 12:19pm

An impressive $61.7 million has been assigned by the Victorian Coalition government to support health care reforms for Aboriginal Victorians.

Premier Denis Napthine and David Davis, Victoria's health minister, announced the decision on April 11. The extra funding makes a welcome addition to the Koolin Balit program, which was launched in 2012 by the government.

The program's object is to improve life expectancy, reduce infant mortality rates and champion better access to health care services for Aboriginal people over the next ten years.

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