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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.

Written by: Suzanne Still
19/09/2013 - 4:55pm

It is common knowledge that offering employee benefits programs is a fantastic way not only to attract prospective workers to your business, but also to retain your current staff.

These programs come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most important offerings you can put on the table is business health insurance.

Written by: Jethro Still
19/09/2013 - 4:54pm

Ballarat Health Services is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, which will see hospital beds and a much-needed helipad being added to the hospital.

Minister for Health David Davis announced on Thursday (September 19) that the redevelopment had just entered a new phase, which will see the third and fourth floors of the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre being "fitted-out".

18/09/2013 - 4:22pm

It's relatively easy to change from one health insurance provider to another, if you decide this is the right move for you and your family - especially with HICA on your side.

HICA can help to make this decision as hassle-free as possible, so don't hesitate to contact us and start the process today.

There is legislation in place to protect Australians who want to switch health insurance providers.

18/09/2013 - 4:21pm

According to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), you should be reviewing your health insurance policy at least once a year.

This will help you prevent gaps from creeping into your cover, as well as make sure you're not paying for cover that you don't actually need.

In addition to this, whenever a significant event takes place in your life - such as when you get married or divorced, have a child or reach certain age milestones - you should also review your health insurance policy.

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.

10/09/2013 - 4:29pm

Australians suffering from type 1 diabetes have asked the government to support research into the disease.

The government has responded, promising $35 million in funding as part of its Policy to Support Australia's Health System.

This welcome boost will be managed by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which is "the world's largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research".

06/09/2013 - 4:53pm

We all know that smoking while pregnant is not a good idea.

However, the risk it poses to your health and that of your unborn child increases dramatically if you have asthma.

This was uncovered by research that was recently undertaken at the University of Adelaide.

According to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), 170,000 women from South Australia took part in the decade-long study, which was the first of its kind.

The research was released to coincide with National Asthma Awareness Week, which will conclude tomorrow (September 7).

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