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2009-12-23 16:13:09

Australia risks a serious swine flu (H1N1 influenza virus) outbreak with two-thirds (65 per cent) of unprotected Australians stating they're unlikely to get vaccinated against the disease in the next 12 months, according to an MBF Healthwatch Poll. "While the number of new cases of swine flu in Australia might have waned since last winter, the disease is still a major threat," Bupa Australia* Chief Medical Officer, Dr Christine Bennett warned. Despite the public health campaign, the...

2009-12-02 11:49:04

Half of Australian adults and 63 per cent of Australians on a higher income believe 15 to 17 year olds should be allowed to consume alcohol under parental supervision at home, according to the latest MBF Healthwatch survey. Bupa Australia* Chief Medical Officer, Dr Christine Bennett, said these statistics were both surprising and of concern given alcohol can have long-term implications for young adult brains that are not yet fully developed. "Our survey suggests many Australians believe it's...

2009-11-16 13:57:37

One in four Australian adults has taken an action that puts their health at risk as a result of the global financial crisis (GFC), according to a new MBF Healthwatch poll. The results show that lack of job security was particularly hard on families, with almost one in five parents turning up to work ill and close to one in 10 parents sending sick children to school. Dr Christine Bennett, Chief Medical Officer of Bupa Australia* warns that short-term, risky health actions taken by individuals...

2009-07-15 09:05:25

Despite constant warnings about childhood obesity, too many Australian parents are still oblivious to the fact their children are overweight, according to the findings of the national MBF Healthwatch survey.The disturbing results showed that only 7.9% of children were considered to be overweight by their parents. However, this is a gross underestimation according to the recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report , which showed almost a quarter of all children (aged two to...

2009-03-24 18:54:05

A doctor says a disturbing number of Australian schoolchildren -- 42 percent -- skip breakfast at least once a week. The national MBF Healthwatch survey conducted by TNS market researchers found 22 percent of parents say their children don't eat breakfast on three to five school days and a further 20 percent skip breakfast on one or two school days -- each week. It is disturbing to find that 42 percent of children are sent to school on one or more days on an empty stomach because it sends a...

2005-09-08 15:15:00

Australians want significantly more investment poured into finding better treatments, preventions and cures for the two leading killer diseases in Australia "“ cancer and heart disease. Research Australia's annual public opinion poll, this year conducted by Crosby Textor, shows cancer is the single major disease striking fear in the hearts of Australians. Two in three (64%) want a significant increase in funding for cancer research, compared to one in four (23%) who want additional...