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March 2012 News

13/03/2012 - 4:30pm

Children aged between 12- and 15-years-old are spending at least 14 hours a week in front of electronic screens, leading to increasing poor health, according to the latest report from the Queensland government.

The state government's Child Health Status 2011 Report indicated that the increasing time spent glued to television or computer screens, as well as handheld gaming devices, corresponded with a 2.6 per cent rise in obesity rates.

12/03/2012 - 5:11pm

While the federal government continues to address obesity levels in Australia, the Queensland state government is now offering additional support to residents looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Queensland Health has launched Lighten Up, a new program offering group-based education workshops over seven weeks.

The initiative targets adults who are beginning to show the initial signs of obesity, including high blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing weight, poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity.

12/03/2012 - 2:16pm

Your family's circumstances will inevitably change over time - and while major events can often prompt a review of your health insurance policy, you should really be doing it on a more regular basis. It is rate rise time and this is the ideal opportunity to compare health insurance policies.

09/03/2012 - 5:09pm

Those who achieve weight loss though diet and exercise are viewed more favourably than other avenues such as surgery, according to a new Australian study.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) investigated the impact the method of weight loss had on attitudes.

"It's well-known that, as well as suffering adverse health, overweight and obese people are often stereotyped as lazy, incompetent and lacking self-control," study supervisor Dr Lenny Vartanian said (March 9).

08/03/2012 - 4:34pm

One of Australia's private health insurance providers has teamed up with a leading mental health body to deliver to a unique education program to high school students.

The Black Dog Institute - along with health fund nib - have developed the package, which aims to equip teachers to better understand and help young people with mental health issues.

08/03/2012 - 3:36pm

Generally health funds write to you because something has changed on your health insurance. March is the classic time of year where health funds contact their members advising them of an increase in their premiums and changes to policies.

07/03/2012 - 3:32pm

South Australia's opposition government has called on the Labor party to develop a 20 year vision for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

According to opposition health spokesman Martin Hamilton-Smith, the Weatherill government must consider the needs of the hospital - particularly its ageing infrastructure - beyond the current electoral cycle.

"Capital spending does not need to be budgeted for many years to come, but planning for a rebuild should be funded and completed early," he stated (March 5).

07/03/2012 - 1:43pm

The internet and social media are becoming useful tools when it comes to managing mental illness, according to a new survey.

Results from a study conducted by national mental health charity SANE Australia have revealed that the majority of people with mental illness utilise online services to manage their finances, shop and engage with government agencies.

06/03/2012 - 5:33pm

The Victorian government has enlisted the help of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to help provide information on healthy eating habits.

Oliver is currently in Australia for the local launch his Ministry of Food program, which will aim to provide cooking classes to more than 10,000 people across 14 communities a year.

The initiative includes a mobile kitchen, which will travel between the communities identified as the most overweight in the state as part of the government's Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise.

06/03/2012 - 3:15pm

Almost one in five public hospitals has fallen below the national hand hygiene benchmark, according to new data released by the federal government today.

The new figures listed on the MyHospitals website are the result of a survey of 233 public hospitals around the country between July 2011 and October 2011 under the National Hand Hygiene Initiative.

An interim national benchmark of 70 per cent was used to assess how often hand hygiene was correctly performed, and the results found that half of public hospitals were at or below the standard.