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Written by: Suzanne Still
30/07/2013 - 3:34pm

Type 1 Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children in Australia.

It is predicted that, every day, approximately two children develop the condition. As it stands, there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes. However, with the correct medical support and treatment, you can effectively manage this disease and carry on with your life.

29/07/2013 - 8:04pm

New data released by the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) on Thursday (July 25) reveals that over half of Australia's public hospitals have recorded improvements during the March 2013 quarter.

This will be welcomed by anyone with or contemplating taking out a health insurance policy.

The NHPA was established as part of the government's national health reform agenda, its purpose being to make sure all Australians have access to information about how our health system is performing.

26/07/2013 - 3:36pm

On Tuesday (July 23), the government launched the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.

This promises to help close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Australia's wider population in terms of health issues.

The plan has been welcomed by a range of health organisations, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

26/07/2013 - 3:35pm

It isn't just the royal family who are welcoming a new addition.

The Royal Darwin Hospital, which is already the largest teaching hospital in the Northern Territory, is expecting a new addition of its own.

Plans are underway that will see its patient and surgical capacity expanded.

Robyn Lambley, health minister in the Northern Territory, announced yesterday (July 25) that the multi-million dollar contract for this project had been awarded, and construction was set to begin next month.

Written by: Suzanne Still
23/07/2013 - 4:34pm

The government's plain-packaged tobacco reforms are doing their job, according to a recent study conducted by the Department of Health and Ageing.

The study, which involved over 500 smokers, revealed that those purchasing plain-packaged tobacco felt the cigarettes were of a lower quality and less satisfying than they were a year ago (before the reforms were introduced).

They were also more likely to have thought about quitting.

Written by: Edward Brewer
23/07/2013 - 4:32pm

The Victorian government is launching two brand-new Academic Health Science Centres to help the state carry on with its world-leading medical research.

David Davis, Victoria's minister for health, today (July 23) opened the Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre in Melbourne.

He said Melbourne is respected around the globe for its medical research, and is regarded as a front-runner in the areas of science and innovation.

About one-third of Australia's medical and research companies are located in Melbourne.

22/07/2013 - 5:20pm

Guidelines are needed to ensure popular cosmetic procedures, such as "injectables" and "fillers", are better regulated, says the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dr Geoff Lyons, president of the ASPS, said his main concern about such procedures is that the public seems to think they are "not hazardous and therefore low risk".

This is incorrect, he explained. They are still real medical procedures and should be treated as such.

19/07/2013 - 4:11pm

Work-related stress is a common problem in Australia.

In fact, according to the Better Health Channel, it is the second most common compensated illness.

That's why Lifeline Australia organises Stress Down Day. This annual event is all about having fun and fundraising for a worthy cause.

Lifeline provides over-the-phone support to those suffering from mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as work-related stress.

17/07/2013 - 4:52pm

Medibank and Coles have teamed up with Fly Buys to reward Australians who put their health first.

Those who have a health insurance plan with Medibank or are already Fly Buys members, as well as brand new customers, will all reap the rewards of this fantastic new partnership.

For every $2 people with Australian health insurance from Medibank spend on their premiums, they will receive one Fly Buys point.

16/07/2013 - 4:31pm

In 2012, the government proposed a reform package designed to reshape aged care in Australia.

Called Living Longer Living Better, the package includes a ten-year strategy for bettering aged care, as well as $3.7 billion - which will be paid out over the next five years - to make it happen.

Of this, $80.2 million has been committed to improve access to complex health care, including palliative (end-of-life) care, and strengthen the lines of communication between public and private health-care providers.

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