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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.

Written by: Edward Brewer
12/04/2013 - 1:19pm

An impressive $61.7 million has been assigned by the Victorian Coalition government to support health care reforms for Aboriginal Victorians.

Premier Denis Napthine and David Davis, Victoria's health minister, announced the decision on April 11. The extra funding makes a welcome addition to the Koolin Balit program, which was launched in 2012 by the government.

The program's object is to improve life expectancy, reduce infant mortality rates and champion better access to health care services for Aboriginal people over the next ten years.

11/04/2013 - 11:39am

Young women who are sleep deprived are more likely to develop depression, claims Victoria University professor Dorothy Bruck.

According to depressioNET.org.au, around 85 per cent of people diagnosed with depression also suffer from insomnia. While this is a bit of a "chicken-and-egg" problem, it's evident that there is a correlation between the two conditions. 

Professor Bruck, who presented a paper at last week's inaugural APS Health Psychology Conference in Cairns, researched this issue extensively from 2000 to 2009.

Written by: Edward Brewer
10/04/2013 - 4:27pm

Employees who are stressed or unhappy due to problems with either their professional or personal lives are likely to be far less productive and engaged than other, healthier team members.

This is a big part of the reason why many organisations choose to put in place corporate health plans, in order to ensure employees have access to the support and information they need.

Written by: Jethro Still
10/04/2013 - 1:31pm

Tuesday, April 9 saw the opening of a new Partnership Centre dedicated to helping older people with cognitive disorders, such as dementia.

Dementia is usually associated with the elderly; however, the Victorian government's Better Health Channel insists that it's "not a normal part of ageing" and can affect people in their forties and fifties, too.

10/04/2013 - 1:24pm

Are you in need of some dental or oral surgery? Do you need a wisdom tooth removed, perhaps? According to the Australian government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most commonly claimed oral surgery services under private health policies.

Written by: Suzanne Still
09/04/2013 - 12:42pm

If you're planning a trip to Australia, you should put some thought into taking out private health insurance.

Accidents happen, and if you're unlucky enough to require medical attention while visiting from overseas, it's important to know what you're eligible for.

Written by: Suzanne Still
09/04/2013 - 12:36pm

Thinking about getting or upgrading your current insurance plan? Learning a little about Australia's medicare levy surcharge (also known as MLS) may just encourage you to stop thinking and start acting!

Written by: Edward Brewer
08/04/2013 - 3:36pm

Thursday April 11 is World Parkinson's Day, an annual event created by the European Parkinson's Disease Association to educate people and raise awareness about Parkinson's, promote early diagnosis and encourage better disease-management for sufferers.

There is at present no known cause for this illness. Five million people around the world are currently affected by Parkinson's disease, and approximately 80,000 of those are Australians.

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