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09/10/2013 - 3:41pm

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 50 per cent of patients waited up to 36 days for public elective surgery in 2012-13, a wait time that remains unchanged since 2011-12.

The AIHW report released on Friday (October 4) shows that average wait times ranged from 27 days in Queensland to 51 days in the Australian Capital Territory.

Average wait times have remained unchanged since they increased to 33 days in 2010, despite the number of admissions growing by 1.8 per cent between 2011 and 2013.

09/10/2013 - 1:45pm

Be Medicinewise Week, which is running from October 14 to 20 this year, is a national campaign organised by National Prescribing Service MedicineWise (NPS).

Focusing on Australia's aging population, the campaign aims to give older Australians the tools and information they need to make better decisions about their medicines and health.

With population aging becoming a major global trend, senior issues are becoming a focus for an increasingly dominant number of Australians.

08/10/2013 - 3:18pm

The new Perth South Coastal Medicare Local opened its doors in Pinjarra last week.

After Medicare executives noticed many Pinjarra residents were travelling to the Mandurah office to take advantage of the health services offered there, the new centre was proposed to meet local need.

"There is no doubt that Pinjarra is a growing area and there is an increased need for health services," said Perth South Coastal Medicare Local chief executive Paul Hersey.

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.

Written by: Jethro Still
27/09/2013 - 4:53pm

Employers believe workers' health is the key to achieving wellness in the workplace, according to the 2013 Global Workplace Health and Wellness Report released by Global Corporate Challenge (GCC).

Health was identified as the number one wellness factor by 69 per cent of the 378 organisations that were surveyed for the report. Secondary factors chosen were increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.

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.

26/09/2013 - 4:52pm

Dandenong's mental health services and facilities have just welcomed 70 new beds, which should make accessing care a whole lot easier for people in the area.

The beds were revealed by Minister for Mental Health, Mary Woolridge, on September 26.

They are just one part of a massive redevelopment project that has been delivered in two stages throughout Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.

In 2011, the first stage of this project was completed and a new 'Adult Acute' facility, complete with 50 new beds, was opened.

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