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14/08/2013 - 3:57pm

In the 12 months leading to March 2013, a total of $15 billion was paid out by health insurance providers to cover medical procedures in Australia.

Dr Michael Armitage, chief executive officer of Private Healthcare Australia, said this just goes to show that private health insurance is "a major contributor to health care costs for Australians".

12/08/2013 - 4:13pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) has just released its quarterly bulletin, which reveals that an increasing number of Australians are not happy with their private health cover.

09/08/2013 - 3:50pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released two reports on August 1 that shed some light on the health status of Australia's male population.

In a report titled 'The Health of Australia's Males: From Birth to Young Adulthood (0-24 years)', it was stated that a whopping 43 per cent of Australian men between the ages of 14 and 19 had been at risk of injuring themselves at some point during the year because of excessive alcohol consumption.

07/08/2013 - 4:46pm

On August 5, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed some startling information about Australians with high cholesterol.

Currently, 5.6 million people have high cholesterol in Australia. As if this wasn't bad enough, it turns out approximately nine in ten of these same people don't even know they're suffering from the condition.

The latest batch of blood test results collected and published in the Australian Health Survey reveals that a disturbing one in three adults across the country has high cholesterol.

05/08/2013 - 4:20pm

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is hosting a national summit in Sydney at the end of this week. It will bring together a variety of Australians who have been impacted in one way or another by breast cancer.

Among those attending the two-day event, to be held on August 8 and 9, will be nearly 300 people who have survived breast cancer.

They will be joined by experts in the field of breast cancer research and treatment, including BCNA Ambassador Raelene Boyle - who also happens to be an Olympic legend.

Written by: Suzanne Still
02/08/2013 - 4:12pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) announced today that more Australians than ever before are benefiting from mental health services.

In particular, there has been a significant rise in the number of people benefiting from mental health services subsidised by Medicare.

So, if you were wondering whether your Medicare Levy payments were being put to good use, you can rest assured that they are!

Written by: Jethro Still
02/08/2013 - 4:11pm

The National Blood Authority (NBA) has just released new statistics that show "blood products" received from generous Australians who donate blood around the country are being put to good use.

This improvement in clinical practices concerning blood products is due in part to the release of the NBA's Patient Blood Management Guidelines.

Consisting of four modules that focus on the different situations in which blood products might need to be administered, the Patient Blood Management Guidelines are helping Australia to become a world leader in this field.

01/08/2013 - 4:09pm

Our food is set to get a little less salty.

Australia's retailers and food manufacturers have combined forces with the government to help Australians become and stay healthy by reducing the amount of salt they consume.

Gary Dawson, chief executive officer of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, said the high level of salt in food is partly responsible for the large number of people who are suffering from non-communicable diseases.

31/07/2013 - 5:40pm

Australians who have survived heart attacks are the focus of a massive study led by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

The results of this study have just been published in a report, Two Hearts One Future.

One of the most shocking pieces of information the report reveals is that the majority of people who live to see another day after suffering a heart attack underestimate how grave their risk is of having another.

Written by: Edward Brewer
30/07/2013 - 3:36pm

Australia's young men need to slip-slop-slap, reveals It's My Health, as they are most at risk of suffering from severe sunburn.

According to research published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, young men are not applying sunscreen when they spend summer weekends outdoors, especially at the beach.

Because of this, many become so sunburnt that they require hospitalisation.

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