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Written by: Suzanne Still
04/10/2013 - 2:31pm

Australians with private health insurance are being encouraged to research the costs of medical procedures before committing to a hospital or health care centre.

A report released by Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) has revealed large price differences in identical procedures in hospitals across the nation.

For example, the PHA data showed that the cost of a same day colonoscopy can range from around $1,200 to more than $1,900.

Written by: Edward Brewer
03/10/2013 - 2:43pm

Mental health in the workplace is in the spotlight this month as National Mental Health Week (NMHW) approaches.

Running from Sunday 6 to Sunday 13 October, NMHW occurs each year in addition to World Mental Health Day, which is held on 10 October.

This year, the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) released new research addressing the issue of mental health discrimination in the workplace.

Written by: Jethro Still
02/10/2013 - 2:14pm

TAFE provider Holmesglen has partnered with Healthscope to convert a conference centre into a private hospital on Holmesglen's Moorabbin campus in Melbourne.

Private health company Healthscope is planning to spend $100 million on building the new hospital, while Holmesglen's contribution will equal $20 million. This includes providing the land and existing building to be converted.

01/10/2013 - 2:29pm

Ongoing increases to family health insurance premiums are outstripping inflation, encumbering those households already struggling with rising living costs.

Across Australia, the average increase in hospital cover was 6.4 per cent, while extras cover rose by 3.3. per cent.

NSW was hit the hardest in the recent rise in premiums, with hospital cover climbing by 7.32 per cent and extras up by by 3.64 per cent.

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.

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