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Written by: Edward Brewer
08/11/2012 - 11:21am

The 'biggest-ever' push for healthier lifestyles in Central Goldfields, Ararat and Pyrenees communities is being put forward by the joined forces of the Victorian coalition government, community health services and local councils.

The state minister for health David Davis launched the Victorian coalition government's Prevention Community Model yesterday (November 7) at Pyrenees House in Ararat.

"We are committed to working with the community in tackling preventable diseases, obesity, chronic illness and promoting healthier lifestyles," Mr Davis said.

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/11/2012 - 12:14pm

If you live in rural NSW, you can find the appropriate healthcare with the help of private health cover. A new committee unveiled by state health minister Jillian Skinner also aims to aid healthcare in rural NSW.

Ms Skinner announced the launch of a Ministerial Advisory Committee for Rural Health, which aims to improve the delivery of healthcare and the 'general health' of NSW's rural communities.

Written by: Suzanne Still
07/11/2012 - 12:11pm

A study published in the November 5 edition of the Medical Journal of Australia has acknowledged Western Australia's need for more GPs.

The study looked at the 'appropriateness' of referrals to Royal Perth Hospital's emergency department (ED) by healthdirect Australia.

Chief medical officer Dr Gary Geelhoed said over half of people (52 per cent) presented at the ED, and had contacted healthdirect, were told to see a GP or were given advice on self care in the first case.

Written by: Edward Brewer
06/11/2012 - 2:33pm

November is the one month of the year that men can leave their shaver to gather dust and let their moustaches grow out in support of men's health.

Movember has rolled around for another year, encouraging Australian men to grow their mo' in support of the two biggest health issues men face, prostate cancer and mental health.

The men's health awareness month started right here in Australia, becoming a global movement and gaining participants in New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, South Africa, Ireland and more.

Written by: Suzanne Still
06/11/2012 - 2:30pm

The Melbourne Cup is one of the nation's biggest racing events, with many Australians getting in on the festivities to celebrate the race.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is urging people to donate blood in the days following the major event with supplies expected to decline as the race takes centre stage.

The group is concerned that the stocks of platelets will take a big hit as a result of limited donations around the country and the Victorian long weekend.

Written by: Jethro Still
05/11/2012 - 2:48pm

A presentation at a Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) seminar has revealed that private health insurance complaints are falling compared to the increasing trend of the telecommunications and financial services sectors.

Written by: Jethro Still
05/11/2012 - 2:47pm

Health insurer nib holdings announced on November 2 that it has agreed to buy New Zealand health insurance company Tower Medical Insurance for approximately $80 million (NZ $102 million).

Tower Medical is New Zealand's second largest health insurer, providing health cover to around 169,000 people where it has an annual premium revenue of approximately NZ $140 million.

The sale is subject to 'New Zealand regulatory approvals', where the purchase price may be adjusted based on completed accounts.

Written by: Suzanne Still
03/11/2012 - 12:32pm

The 60,000th Berlei My Care Kit milestone was reached in October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - with the kit provided to a woman who had recently undergone surgery for breast cancer.

The My Care Kit - provided free to Australian women after breast cancer surgery -  contains a 'specially designed' Berlei bra that can be worn in the weeks following surgery and support material that can assist in the recovery process.

Written by: Suzanne Still
02/11/2012 - 12:33pm

A new policy announced by health minister Lawrence Springborg yesterday (November 1) will allow access for women under 40 who have an 'increased risk' of breast cancer to specialist screening services.

It was also revealed by Mr Springborg that Brisbane's Breast Cancer Family History Clinic would receive an extra $400,000 in funding to support women at high risk of familial breast cancer.

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in Queensland," Mr Springborg said.

Written by: Suzanne Still
02/11/2012 - 12:31pm

Expanded access to Medicare-funded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services is said to benefit thousands of patients, particularly children, from November 1.

Patients will have improved access to 'ongoing, affordable and convenient diagnostic imaging services' with an additional 191 Medicare-eligible MRI services available from yesterday (November 1).

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