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13/05/2013 - 4:34pm

Saturday (May 11) saw the Northern Territory signing an agreement with the Commonwealth governments to participate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This follows close on the heels of Tasmania's announcement (Thursday, May 2) that they, too, will be partaking in the scheme.

That means Western Australia is now the only state that has not agreed to implement the NDIS.

13/05/2013 - 4:14pm

Purchasing health insurance is not as simple as choosing a plan and forgetting about it, as your medical needs are likely to change and evolve as life goes on.

Generally, you should take the time to review your health insurance at least once a year, as comparing health insurance can often help you secure a better deal in the long run.

Written by: Edward Brewer
10/05/2013 - 4:28pm

Kidney Health Week, which starts on Sunday May 26 and runs until June 1, has been organised by Kidney Health Australia to raise public awareness about this deadly disease.

If you are over the age of 60, smoke, are overweight, have a family history of kidney disease, have diabetes or high blood pressure, your risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) is greatly increased.

According to Kidney Health Australia, approximately one in three Australians fall into the 'at increased risk' category.

09/05/2013 - 4:35pm

Approximately 120 women and their families will be attending the Living Well with Secondary Breast Cancer Forum, which is being held today (Thursday, May 9) in Brisbane.

Secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer involves the spread of cancer cells to other organs or parts of the body. It can occur several years after treatment has been completed for primary breast cancer.

This forum has been designed to inform participants about the latest developments in breast cancer treatment, as well as provide them with strategies to improve their physical and mental health.

08/05/2013 - 8:31am

Anxiety is a more common mental health disorder in Australia than you might think, especially in the workplace.

Recent research conducted by Roy Morgan reveals that 13.8 per cent of all Australians aged 18 and over suffer from anxiety. That's 2.44 million people.

Worryingly, this number represents an increase in the number of people experiencing anxiety attacks. In 2008, only 9.9 per cent of the population reported suffering from this condition.

07/05/2013 - 8:21am

Insulin pumps are detachable, electronic medical devices that deliver insulin to users 24 hours a day.

How does it work? The pump is programmed to deliver exactly the right amount of insulin to the patient at a constant rate (which is called the basal rate). This insulin is delivered through a needle that can stay under the skin for up to three days before it needs to be replaced.

Users can also make the pump deliver an on-demand dosage of insulin (which is called a bolus dose) in order to counteract any food intake that is high in carbohydrates.

Written by: Les Lane
06/05/2013 - 10:32am

The government's proposal to increase the Medicare levy by 0.5 per cent (from 1.5 per cent to 2.0 per cent) in July 2014 has been warmly welcomed by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

The proposed tax increase is, in part, a last-ditch attempt to accumulate funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will be launched in two months time.

06/05/2013 - 8:28am

If you're paying private health insurance premiums, you may be eligible for a private health insurance rebate.

This is a government-funded initiative that helps Australians and their families to cover health insurance payments.

Singles earning more than $130,000 and families earning over $260,000 are not eligible for a government rebate, no matter their age.

Written by: Edward Brewer
03/05/2013 - 2:13pm

A fantastic new tool that will no doubt prove useful in Australia's ongoing fight against heart attacks was released on May 1 by Victoria's Heart Foundation.

It's called Victorian Heart Maps, and essentially highlights areas around the state that have a high level of heart-attack activity.

As it stands, the people of Central Goldfields are most at risk, with Towong, Pyrenees, Yarriambiack and Southern Grampians following close behind.

This has been determined through data that was collected over the past five years by the Victorian government.

Written by: Jethro Still
02/05/2013 - 10:48am

The latest issue of Health Voices (the journal of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia) reveals some of the important issues currently facing the Australian healthcare system.

Mark Metherell, communications manager of the Consumers Health Forum, states that the average Australian is paying over $1,000 a year in out of pocket costs to meet "gaps" not covered by Medicare.

That's the fifth highest rate in the world, according to current affairs program AM.

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