In light of the new year, many Australians may have made improving their health and wellbeing their New Year's resolution, and one step toward helping achieve this is to set up health insurance.
Private health cover can help to ensure that you or your family members can get the appropriate treatment and care for their medical needs.
The Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation has also made progress for good health in 2013, announcing a number of new grants worth $1.6 million for emerging researchers.
Alzheimer's Australia says that more than 300,000 people have dementia in Australia, with this figure projected to double by 2030.
The group's national president, Ita Buttrose, said that these grants have been made possible through generous donations from individual donors and companies.
"Community support for researchers is vital to help us find ways to better support people living with dementia," Ms Buttrose said.
"Alzheimer’s Australia would now like to see the Government match this support by providing much better investment in dementia research."
Ms Buttrose says they are "greatly concerned" at the lack of government investment in dementia research.
"With dementia already the third leading cause of death in Australia, it is imperative that the Government increases its investment in research to $200 million over the next five years," she said.
"This will allow us to successfully build the capacity of Australian researchers and help them find ways of delaying the onset of dementia, to treat symptoms and even better, to stop dementia altogether."