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27/09/2013 - 9:23am

In Australia, heart disease is a leading health problem and cause of death.

According to the Heart Foundation, it kills 59 people all over the country each and every day. That equates to about one person every 24 minutes.

Sunday (September 29) is World Heart Day - a time for people to spare a thought for heart disease and the 1.4 million Australians that are currently affected by the illness.

It's also a great time to get some exercise, says the Heart Foundation.

23/09/2013 - 4:19pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently published a report about what happens to older patients when they are discharged from hospital.

AIHW is a government initiative that provides facts and figures about health and wellbeing in Australia.

The report, titled 'Movement Between Hospital and Residential Aged Care 2008-09,' reveals that of those patients who are aged 65 years or older, the majority are able to return home following hospital treatment. This is opposed to being discharged to a residential care facility.

16/09/2013 - 4:59pm

It's Dementia Awareness Week, and Alzheimer's Australia is organising events all over the country.

The theme of this year's seven-day event, which is running from September 16 to 22, is "Brain Health: Making the Connections".

This was also the theme of Dr Kristine Yaffe's presentation, which took place at Parliament House in Sydney today (September 16).

12/09/2013 - 1:02pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report titled 'Asthma Hospitalisations in Australia 2010-11'.

This reveals that people suffering from asthma are now spending less time in hospital than ever before.

Louise York, spokesperson for the AIHW, revealed in a September 11 statement that Australia has one of the lowest rates of hospitalisation for people with asthma in the entire world.

Written by: Suzanne Still
10/09/2013 - 4:35pm

Cancer Council Victoria has revealed that more and more people are intending to quit smoking.

The organisation's latest survey demonstrates that 26.5 per cent of smokers in Victoria are intending to quit within the next 30 days.

When this survey was last conducted in 1999, only 18.4 per cent of those who participated had the same response.

03/09/2013 - 4:50pm

Are you a woman? Have you given much thought to your health and wellbeing lately?

If not, now is your chance - it's Women's Health Week from September 2 to 6!

Organised by Jean Hailes, this national event is all about prompting Australian women to make their health and happiness a priority.

According to the official website, each day of Women's Health Week will focus on a different aspect of wellbeing.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/08/2013 - 12:58pm

According to the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA), we need to remove the cause and not simply treat the symptom if we want the country to be healthier.

"This will come mainly from addressing the significant factors outside the health system that have major impacts on Australia's health outcomes and health equity and on better preventive strategies," said Tony McBride, AHCRA Chair, in an August 26 statement.

20/08/2013 - 4:48pm

Melbourne is home to the healthiest women in Australia, according to a recent study conducted by Women's Health.

Rachelle Mackintosh, acting editor of Women's Health, said in an August 19 statement that this is a "big, healthy thumbs-up for Victorians".

Approximately 50,000 people from all over Australia took part in the study, which asked them around 1,800 questions about their health.

Every state and territory was judged across a number of categories, including food choices, smoking, exercise and BMI.

07/08/2013 - 4:46pm

On August 5, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed some startling information about Australians with high cholesterol.

Currently, 5.6 million people have high cholesterol in Australia. As if this wasn't bad enough, it turns out approximately nine in ten of these same people don't even know they're suffering from the condition.

The latest batch of blood test results collected and published in the Australian Health Survey reveals that a disturbing one in three adults across the country has high cholesterol.

01/08/2013 - 4:09pm

Our food is set to get a little less salty.

Australia's retailers and food manufacturers have combined forces with the government to help Australians become and stay healthy by reducing the amount of salt they consume.

Gary Dawson, chief executive officer of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, said the high level of salt in food is partly responsible for the large number of people who are suffering from non-communicable diseases.

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