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Written by: Suzanne Still
30/07/2013 - 2:34pm

Type 1 Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children in Australia.

It is predicted that, every day, approximately two children develop the condition. As it stands, there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes. However, with the correct medical support and treatment, you can effectively manage this disease and carry on with your life.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/07/2013 - 3:34pm

The government's plain-packaged tobacco reforms are doing their job, according to a recent study conducted by the Department of Health and Ageing.

The study, which involved over 500 smokers, revealed that those purchasing plain-packaged tobacco felt the cigarettes were of a lower quality and less satisfying than they were a year ago (before the reforms were introduced).

They were also more likely to have thought about quitting.

19/07/2013 - 3:11pm

Work-related stress is a common problem in Australia.

In fact, according to the Better Health Channel, it is the second most common compensated illness.

That's why Lifeline Australia organises Stress Down Day. This annual event is all about having fun and fundraising for a worthy cause.

Lifeline provides over-the-phone support to those suffering from mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as work-related stress.

09/07/2013 - 3:40pm

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Eye Foundation is once again holding its JulEYE campaign.

The campaign is aimed at Australians living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and asks them to get their eyes tested this month.

Nearly one million Australians are currently suffering from diabetes. If you're one of them, you have a much greater chance of developing some sort of eye disease or losing your vision.

08/07/2013 - 3:09pm

The Australian Drug Foundation has revealed that alcohol and drug use is costing businesses across the country approximately $5.2 billion each and every year, through absenteeism and lost productivity.

This should be a big concern for any business owners with a vested interest in corporate health and the wellbeing of their employees.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/06/2013 - 3:19pm

A welcome $472.7 million has been allocated to 48 Medicare Local regions in Australia to fund better-organised support for those living with severe and persistent mental illness.

This funding boost is part of the Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative, which itself represents a "key plank" of the government's $2.2 billion package dedicated to mental health reform.

PIR is all about getting the sectors, services and support systems that those with mental illnesses rely on to work in a more collaborative way.

26/06/2013 - 4:10pm

This week (25 to 30 June) is World Continence Week, an initiative organised by the International Continence Society and coordinated in Australia by the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA).

It was created to raise awareness about this issue and inform both those in the workforce and the wider community of the problems it can cause.

To coincide with World Continence Week, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report on 21 June that demonstrates incontinence can have a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of those in the workforce.

20/06/2013 - 3:58pm

Sir Michael Hirst, president of the International Diabetes Federation, has launched Diabetes Australia's National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan.

Mr Hirst believes the plan will draw some much-needed attention to the twenty-first century pandemic that is diabetes.

"In 2012 the worldwide cost of diabetes was estimated at $US471 billion," he said. There were also a recorded 4.8 million deaths around the world that same year because of the disease.

17/06/2013 - 3:33pm

It's clear that diet and nutrition play a big role in our overall health.

Now, public health nutritionist associate professor Faruk Ahmed, from Griffith's University's School of Public Health, is taking that link further by researching how dietary behaviours are influenced by stress - in particular, the association between stress and diet among first year students at Griffith's Gold Coast campus.

17/06/2013 - 3:30pm

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has called for the existing after-hours funding arrangements to be maintained for at least another quarter as issues of available hours for medical care and treatment are currently under discussion and debate.

This is so that outstanding issues arising from the transition of management of after-hours funding to Medicare Locals can be resolved.

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