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Written by: Jethro Still
17/12/2013 - 8:39am

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 - 10:59am

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 - 2:07pm

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 - 2:20pm

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 - 3:28pm

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 - 7:56am

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 - 5:47am

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.

25/11/2013 - 5:54am

Many lung cancer sufferers find they face a stigma that ultimately reduces their quality of life, a new study has found.

Presented by Cancer Australia to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia's Annual Scientific Meeting, the report showed that this is the case for both smokers and non-smokers alike.

Research co-author Sue Sinclair explained that coping with lung cancer is difficult for anyone, so dealing with a stigma as well can make the situation even worse.

25/11/2013 - 5:54am

Diabetes is a growing problem across every nation, with around one in ten of the global population expected to suffer from the condition by 2035.

This is according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which revealed that by 2035, the amount of people with diabetes will reach 592 million.

The majority of these people will live in low and middle income countries and be under the age of 60.

21/11/2013 - 2:43pm

Corporate health and wellbeing is suffering because of stress among Australia's workforce, according to the third annual Stress and Wellbeing survey released by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) on November 10.

The study revealed that 75 per cent of Australian workers believe stress is negatively impacting their physical health, while 68 per cent report stress affects their mental health.

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