Premiums up, rebates down, and a new tiered system – what the private health insurance changes mean

This year’s premium increase is small in comparison to previous years – but it still outweighs wage inflation. From shutterstock.com If you have private health insurance, or are considering getting it, a series of changes coming into effect on April 1 are worth knowing...

Stowaway mozzies enter Australia from Asian holiday spots – and they’re resistant to insecticides

We might not be able to use common insecticides to kill mosquitoes that arrive from other countries. from www.shutterstock.com Planning a trip to the tropics? You might end up bringing home more than just a tan and a towel. Our latest research looked at mosquitoes that travel...

More than one in four Aussie kids are overweight or obese: we’re failing them, and we need a plan

Obesity among kids in Australia needs to be treated as a serious health problem. From shutterstock.com Alessandro Demaio addressed the National Press Club last Friday, alongside Karen Carey (former chair of the Consumers Health Forum) and Stephen Duckett (head of the Health Program at the Grattan...

Don’t wait for a crisis – start planning your aged care now

The earlier you start planning, the better.Shutterstock Most Australians prefer to die at home but few adequately plan for it. Consequently, just one in seven dies at home. Some say they will make plans “when the need arises”. But what if you have a heart attack, go into a coma,...

Would you like to grow old at home? Why we’re struggling to meet demand for subsidised home care

In December, more than 127,000 Australians were waiting for a home care package. From shutterstock.com The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is this week turning its focus to aged care in the home. So far it has heard evidence of long waiting times to access home care...

Panic attacks aren’t necessarily a reason to panic: they are your body’s way of responding to stress

Panic attacks occur when a high level of stress builds up. They can be scary, especially if you’ve never had one before.  From shutterstock.com Panic attacks typically occur when a person is under stress. The stress can be physical, like being run down, or emotional, like...

Did you look forward to last night’s bottle of wine a bit too much? Ladies, you’re not alone

Australia’s alcohol guidelines recommend women and men drink no more than two standard drinks per day. Kelsey Chance Last month, close to 40,000 people, mostly women, gave up alcohol for FebFast and many others will be participating in Dry July. These events began as fundraisers for...

Research Check: do we need to worry about glyphosate in our beer and wine?

Research out of the US tested different varieties of beer and wine for the presence of glyphosate – but there’s lots to consider when interpreting the findings. From shutterstock.com Glyphosate is back in the news again. The common weed killer, which has previously attracted controversy for its...

How to Take Responsibility and Control of Your Health Situation

Health should be on top of everyone’s priority lists, yet it often ends up neglected and pushed to the side as we focus on things like our career and social lives. We mustn’t forget that without health, none of those will matter. We also...

People with disability are more likely to be victims of crime – here’s why

It’s not just about carer stress or socioeconomic   disadvantage. Halfpoint/Shutterstock The Morrison government has finally agreed to a royal commission into the abuse of people living with disability – if the states get on board. After hearing horrific tales of abuse and neglect in the media this...