The Health News Australia December 13 2017

  • Online retailer Kogan.com will start selling budget health insurance policies under a new brand dubbed Kogan Health, after signing a deal with private health insurer Medibank Group. The deal is set out for an initial three-year period and will be administered via Medibank-owned Australian Health Management Group, Kogan said in a statement to the ASX on Tuesday.
  • The Royal Adelaide Hospital will be the first in Australia to use a 3D printer of human organs in what it claims will be a pioneering leap in the treatment of type one diabetes. The cutting edge biomedical printer will make pancreatic islets – tiny clusters of cells scattered throughout the pancreas – to be transplanted into sufferers of the disease. The printer is being created in South Australia by Motherson Innovations, an engineering firm better known as a manufacturer of car parts.
  • Tucked away in the forest behind Victoria’s potato growing town of Trentham in Central Victoria is a secluded property where horses are being used to help Australia’s war veterans. Owner Dean Mighell started Equine Therapy because he wanted to combine his love of horses and his desire to help veterans. After leaving the army Mr. Mighell found his own peace through a love of horses and thought they would be perfect to help veterans struggling with mental illness.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 13th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/kogan-to-sell-budget-health-insurance

Online retailer Kogan.com will start selling budget health insurance policies under a new brand dubbed Kogan Health, after signing a deal with private health insurer Medibank Group.
The deal is set out for an initial three-year period and will be administered via Medibank-owned Australian Health Management Group (ahm), Kogan said in a statement to the ASX on Tuesday.

The e-commerce platform will be in charge of providing online branding, marketing and customers, and will earn commissions on sales of all insurance policies, while Medibank will provide an underwriting to raise investment capital from investors.

The announcement sent Kogan shares up two point seven percent to four point eighty four dollars by twelve fifty one Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, while Medibank’s shares fell one point two percent to three point twenty six.  Kogan has a portfolio of businesses including in retail, insurance, mobile and travel, and in June announced it would start selling fixed-line national broadband network home internet next year, after agreeing to expand its partnership with Vodafone. Executive director David Shafer said the partnership with Medibank was another important opportunity to “delight” the company’s growing number of members by offering better value health insurance.

http://www.healthcareit.com.au/article/3d-printed-customised-organs-set-revolutionise-diabetes-care-sa

The Royal Adelaide Hospital will be the first in Australia to use a three D printer of human organs in what it claims will be a pioneering leap in the treatment of type one diabetes. The cutting edge biomedical printer will make pancreatic islets – tiny clusters of cells scattered throughout the pancreas – to be transplanted into sufferers of the disease.

Without this pioneering technology, developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of Wollongong, islets are harvested from deceased organ donors before being purified, processed and transferred into those with the most severe cases of type one diabetes. But the three D Printer Islet Cell Transplantation (PICT) will create customised “organoids”, reducing the risk of rejection, eliminating the need for oral immunosuppression medication, and restoring the recipient’s ability to produce insulin. Being at the forefront of research gives hope to those living with diabetes.

For the South Australian Government, the high-tech machine will add to the hospital’s reputation for innovation. The printer is being created in South Australia by Motherson Innovations, an engineering firm better known as a manufacturer of car parts. The company’s departure from its automotive product line sees it enter a growth sector that the Medical Technology Association of Australia claims will be worth four hundred fifty five billion US dollars in two thousand eighteen.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-12/horses-healing-war-veterans/9248962

Tucked away in the forest behind Victoria’s potato growing town of Trentham in Central Victoria is a secluded property where horses are being used to help Australia’s war veterans.
Owner Dean Mighell started Equine Therapy because he wanted to combine his love of horses and his desire to help veterans.
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Mister Mighell knows the pressures of life in the defence force. He served in the army’s special operations command in the nineteen eighties. After leaving the army Mister Mighell found his own peace through a love of horses and thought they would be perfect to help veterans struggling with mental illness. He added:  “I got curious about what people do in other parts of the world and how they use horses to help people build awareness and help them with mental health.”

After studying equine psychotherapy Mister Mighell discovered why horses had an ability to calm humans. Veteran Daniel Cooper, served in the Air Force in Afghanistan and travels up from Melbourne to take part in the sessions. He said: “The last deployment I had a really bad car accident and that kind of led to everything else when I got back home, a whole heap of mental health issues. The physical issues were there but they’re easy to deal with and, yeah, life kind of changed big time from that point forward.”

Not only was Mister Cooper left with physical injuries but he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression as well. After trying a lot of different therapies, Mister Cooper said horse therapy had been the most useful.

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