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Gonorrhoea on the rise in Australia

Today, the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney released their Annual Surveillance Report on HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs in Australia.  Statistics contained in the report suggest that, although some of the most serious sexually-transmitted conditions like HIV remain at stable levels compared to previous years, there has been a disproportionate rise in the transmission of…

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Federal Government announces a “shake up” of private health insurance

The Turnbull government has announced a major health insurance form package today (Friday, October 13, 2017), which it is touting as the biggest shake-up to the private health insurance sector in 15 years. As part of the reforms, private health insurers will offer customers the choice of paying higher excesses for private hospital insurance, as…

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Just one hour of exercise each week can help prevent depression

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on October 3, 2017 revealed even small amounts of exercise can protect against clinical depression. The Exercise and the Prevention of Depression study led by the Black Dog Institute, utilised data from the Health Study of Nord-Trøndelag County (HUNT study) –one of the most comprehensive population-based…

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World Mental Health Day 2017 – considering Mental Health in The Workplace

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) World Mental Health Day, observed October 10,  aims to raise global awareness of mental health issues in order to encourage people and organisations to support mental health. This year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), workplace experience contributes heavily to overall mental…

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Australia’s youth mental illness rate continuing to rise

The number of Australians exhibiting symptoms of a serious psychological issue between the age of 15 to 19 has risen by 4.1 per cent in six years, according to new Mission Australia data. Speaking with the Adelaide Advertiser [July 15, 2017], Catherine Yeomans, Mission Australia CEO, said the outcome of the analysis was concerning. “We’re…

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