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Written by: Suzanne Still
19/04/2013 - 1:25pm

The process for assessing over-the-counter (or OTC) medicines has just become more efficient, thanks to system reforms that will be rolled out over the next 12 months.

The planned reforms were introduced yesterday (April 18) by New Zealand's minister of health Tony Ryall and Australia's parliamentary secretary for health and ageing, Shayne Neumann.

The reforms are the result of 18 months of trans-Tasman collaboration, with regulators, industry experts and consumers all being involved in their creation.

Written by: Jethro Still
18/04/2013 - 4:14pm

A four-kilometre walk is being held in Melbourne on Sunday (April 21) to raise money for the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

This is Australia's only foundation that is solely dedicated to helping those suffering from pancreatic cancer, which is currently the fourteenth leading cause of death in the country.

The aim of the foundation and Sunday's walk is "to break through 40 years of no progress by doubling the number of people who survive Pancreatic Cancer by 2020".

18/04/2013 - 8:17am

Falls may be an "inevitable part of ageing," says Professor Paddy Phillips, South Australia's chief medical officer, but there are ways to reduce the chances of personal injury.

"In 2012 more than 9,000 older South Australians were admitted to public hospitals due to falls and it is estimated a further 9,000 are treated in the emergency department and discharged home," claimed Professor Phillips in a statement released earlier this month (April 4).

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/04/2013 - 4:13pm

Citizens of New South Wales may want to think about organising private health insurance in the near future, if a new report from Roy Morgan is anything to go by.

The research firm has this month released the results of its latest Alere Wellness Index, which has evaluated the health of Australia based on criteria including medical conditions, psychological wellbeing and lifestyle factors.

Written by: Edward Brewer
17/04/2013 - 3:41pm

Five leading health groups have today (April 17) launched a campaign to protect Victorians from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

'Keep Fresh Air Fresh' aims to ban smoking in all outdoor dining and drinking areas. It is part of a wider crusade by Victoria's Department of Health to eradicate second-hand smoke from other public areas, such as swimming pools and outdoor skate parks.

According to Asthma Australia, approximately 2 million Australians are currently suffering from asthma. The disease also causes around 400 deaths throughout the country every year.

Written by: Suzanne Still
17/04/2013 - 8:21am

If you're turning 31 and you don't have health insurance yet, it's high time you thought about getting covered.

While insurance is completely optional, anyone who decides that they want hospital cover from an Australian registered health fund following their 31st birthday is in for a nasty surprise if they don't get in quick.

Written by: Edward Brewer
16/04/2013 - 4:02pm

The people of Victoria yesterday welcomed three new "state-of-the-art" ambulance stations into their midst, located at Knox, Chelsea and Frankston.

David Davis, Victoria's health minister, said at the opening of the Knox branch that the new ambulance station is a "welcome boost" for those working in the city's health care industry and believes that they are now better equipped than ever "to respond to critical medical emergencies" in a timely fashion.

Written by: Edward Brewer
15/04/2013 - 4:19pm

A recent report conducted by the National Health Performance Authority indicates that the vast majority of Australian children are getting immunised, but there's still room for improvement.

Titled 'Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children 2011-12', the report is publicly available for free download.

Written by: Jethro Still
12/04/2013 - 4:11pm

Even if you have private health insurance, most Australians are required to pay the Medicare Levy.

However, efforts have been made by the Department of Health and Ageing to prevent low-income earners from having to pay either the Medicare Levy or the Medicare Levy Surcharge.

12/04/2013 - 4:07pm

Becoming a parent requires a lot of planning and preparation. And while we know that your to-do list is probably jam-packed already, there's one more item you need to add: Organise health insurance.

That's because pregnancy is one of the two conditions that health insurance policies generally assign a hefty waiting period to.

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