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June 2013 News

20/06/2013 - 4:58pm

Sir Michael Hirst, president of the International Diabetes Federation, has launched Diabetes Australia's National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan.

Mr Hirst believes the plan will draw some much-needed attention to the twenty-first century pandemic that is diabetes.

"In 2012 the worldwide cost of diabetes was estimated at $US471 billion," he said. There were also a recorded 4.8 million deaths around the world that same year because of the disease.

19/06/2013 - 3:09pm

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), as well as five other national organisations, has welcomed the House of Representatives' report on a recent inquiry into adult dental services.

Medicare does not provide benefits for most dental examinations and treatment. So, if you need to access these services, you may want to consider taking out Australian health insurance.

18/06/2013 - 5:40pm

Three new temporary work visas were introduced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship last year: the 401 (Temporary Work - Long Stay Activity) visa, the 402 (Training and Research) visa and the 403 (Temporary Work - International Relations) visa.

The 401 visa allows you to stay in Australia for a maximum of two years as a religious or domestic worker, professional athlete or as part of a "reciprocal staff arrangement" (i.e. some form of work exchange program).

18/06/2013 - 5:35pm

A new website has today (June 18) been launched to inform Australians about Medicare Locals and the services they provide.

Medicare Locals were established in 2011 and there are currently 61 dotted all over the country.

They have been designed to make sure decisions about health services are made by and in communities and are therefore tailored to local needs.

The government has invested a total of $1.8 billion in Medicare Locals. They provide after-hours GP consultations, support for those living with mental illnesses, immunisations and eHealth services.

17/06/2013 - 4:33pm

It's clear that diet and nutrition play a big role in our overall health.

Now, public health nutritionist associate professor Faruk Ahmed, from Griffith's University's School of Public Health, is taking that link further by researching how dietary behaviours are influenced by stress - in particular, the association between stress and diet among first year students at Griffith's Gold Coast campus.

17/06/2013 - 4:30pm

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has called for the existing after-hours funding arrangements to be maintained for at least another quarter as issues of available hours for medical care and treatment are currently under discussion and debate.

This is so that outstanding issues arising from the transition of management of after-hours funding to Medicare Locals can be resolved.

17/06/2013 - 2:33pm

The number of mumps cases is on the rise in New South Wales, with 15 being reported in May alone.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases for NSW Health, said that it was mostly young adults being affected by this recent outbreak.

She has called for everyone to check their immunisation status, especially if they are planning on travelling overseas sometime in the near future.

"Many people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s will not be immune [to mumps]", Dr Sheppeard said in a June 13 statement.

14/06/2013 - 4:19pm

Today (June 14) ministers from around Australia met to discuss important health issues at the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation in Sydney.

One of the topics discussed was the proposal to introduce a food Health Star Rating to the front of packaging labels to better inform consumers about the nutritional quality of their food choices.

Yesterday, both the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Cancer Council Australia urged ministers to support the scheme, which they believe will help in the fight against obesity.

Written by: Jethro Still
13/06/2013 - 4:28pm

The government has announced its new income thresholds for the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) and Private Health Insurance Rebate for the 2013-14 financial year.

12/06/2013 - 4:06pm

New research is set to look into the impact of Vitamin B12 levels on the brain and in particular, dementia. Other aspects of memory and decision making will also be studied.

Six new dementia research grants have been announced by federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek and minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler.