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28/01/2014 - 11:38pm

More Australians are having their lives transformed through organ donation than ever before, according to Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash.

In 2013, organ donation rates across Australia reached an all-time high since records began in 1989.

The record was revealed via figures released by the Australian and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) and the Organ and Tissue Authority on January 29.

27/01/2014 - 11:30pm

The number of Queenslanders waiting more than 90 days for semi-urgent surgery has fallen by almost 50 per cent over the past two years, according to a January 27 governmental media release.

In the March quarter of 2012, more than 4,900 Queenslanders were recorded on the 'long wait' list for semi-urgent surgery in public hospitals in the state. This number had fallen by 2,191 people (44 per cent) in December 2013.

24/01/2014 - 3:48pm

If you are heading into hospital and you hold private health insurance, there are a few things you may need to know before being admitted.

Your rights and responsibilities as a private patient should remain consistent whether you receive treatment in a public or private hospital, but it's important to understand both sides of these entitlements.


Your doctor should keep you up to date and informed on all steps of your diagnosis, treatment and recovery plans.

21/01/2014 - 11:35pm

If you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get fit in 2014, you are not alone.

Losing weight was the number one resolution made in the early hours of January 1, 2014, according to statistics released by the University of Scranton this year.

As January approaches its end and your New Year's resolutions turn one month old, you may find staying on top of your fitness goals is harder than you expected.

19/01/2014 - 11:20pm

Researchers from across the globe seem to agree that happy employees are more productive and innovative than their disgruntled counterparts.

Studies from Gallup-Healthways, Harvard Business Review and many other sources all seem to agree, the happier and more engaged an employee is, the more your business will benefit.

Keeping your staff happy can profit your company through decreased absenteeism, improved creativity and a healthier environment in which to build working relationships.

So how can you ensure your employees stay happy and productive?

Written by: Jethro Still
24/12/2013 - 2:29am

Better screening programs in Australia help to detect many cancers at an earlier stage, contributing to stronger survival rates.

This is according to a December 12 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which noted that between 2000-01 and 2008-09, the overall expenditure on cancer-related medical programs has risen by 56 per cent - a figure higher than the 52 per cent rise in total health spending.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/12/2013 - 2:27am

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have indicated that many women between the ages of 16 and 44 are not getting the recommended vitamins and nutrients they require to prepare for pregnancy.

Women in this age group are considered to be of childbearing age, and while most are taking in sufficient levels of folate - which prevents conditions such as spina bifida in newborns - nearly one in five is not getting the recommended amount of iodine.

17/12/2013 - 3:08pm

Australians with private health insurance have the freedom to choose where they receive medical treatment and there is an increasing trend of private patients using their health insurance in public hospitals, according to figures from the Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA).

Public patients seeking treatment in public hospitals increased by 16 per cent from 2005-06 to 2010-11, compared to a 50 per cent increase of private patients in the same facilities.

Written by: Jethro Still
17/12/2013 - 9:39am

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 - 11:59am

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.

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