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05/07/2013 - 4:10pm

The government introduced a number of changes to the migration sector on July 1 that could affect people visiting Australia from overseas and planning to work here.

One of these changes is that from July 1, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has been indexed by 4.8 per cent. That means the TSMIT has increased from $51,400 to $53,900.

The TSMIT was put in place to make sure those with 457 visas do not impose an undue financial burden on their adopted community.

04/07/2013 - 4:49pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released survey findings yesterday (July 3), which reveal that most children have good oral health.

Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson, spokesperson for AIHW, said that almost 70 per cent of the young people surveyed had been to the dentist within the last 12 months. The majority of those who responded, 84 per cent, were just going for a check up.

Australian children were also less likely to say they had "fair" or "poor" oral health than New Zealand children.

28/06/2013 - 4:35pm

The government has just allocated $60 million to support Australians living with dementia.

If you want to support the health and wellbeing of your family, you may want to consider taking out a family health insurance policy.

This $60 million is part and parcel of the government's Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund, which will inject a total of $378 million into the Australian health care system over the next four years.

Written by: Suzanne Still
28/06/2013 - 4:19pm

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.

27/06/2013 - 4:16pm

The Bureau of Health Information has launched a survey to find out how NSW's public hospitals are treating their patients.

This bureau was established to independently report on how NSW's public health system is performing.

Their main goal in conducting the Adult Admitted Patient Survey is to identify what is and what isn't working in NSW's public hospitals so that improvements can be made in the necessary areas.

26/06/2013 - 5:10pm

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.

25/06/2013 - 4:04pm

In the 12 months leading up to March 2013, those with Australian health insurance have received an astounding $15 billion worth of benefits.

A total of $11.16 billion paid for hospital benefits, while the remaining $3.77 billion went toward general treatment cover, according to Private Healthcare Australia.

25/06/2013 - 4:03pm

Michael Moore, chief executive officer of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), has announced that the country needs to take the management of superbugs more seriously.

"We now have yet more evidence of the importance of establishing a National Centre for Disease Control to provide appropriate coordination of the full range of population health issues and particularly with regard to antimicrobial resistance (AMR)," Mr Moore said in a June 11 statement.

24/06/2013 - 4:43pm

There are a number of reasons why using a broking service such as HICA to purchase health insurance can be beneficial.

Here are just a few:

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24/06/2013 - 4:32pm

Private Healthcare Australia is requesting that Australians "take action" against the government's proposed changes to the private health insurance rebate system and medicare levy surcharge.

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