Health Awareness

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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Child and teenage obesity levels worldwide reach record levels – but no sugar tax for Australia

Child and teenage obesity levels worldwide are at record levels, according to recent research published in prestigious medical journal the Lancet. The analysis gathered obesity trends from over 200 countries, with subsequent data revealing 124 million boys and girls are classified as obese. Although the data is concerning, childhood obesity rates have slowed and stabilised…

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Australian fertility app supporting couples through IVF treatment

  Australian couples undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) may now benefit from an innovative and freely-available app which provides a comprehensive calendar tool that spans their entire IVF journey. MiFertility Plan App – an Australian-designed calendar tool – features crucial alerts and reminders for the stream of appointments, tests and medicines that the 30,000 Australian…

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Sweet poison

According to recent research, reducing sugar content of sweetened drinks could save the nation $8 billion per year and drastically decrease the number of people being affected by obesity-related diseases such as stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney cancer.   The findings, recently published by Nutrients Journal, have found that modifying the sugar content 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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