Health

New Victorian Minister for Health

Jenny Mikakos has been appointed as the new Minister for Health in the returned Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley was returned and immediately urged ministers to consider improving access to healthcare in Victoria by taking full advantage of the flexible and highly trained pharmacist workforce. Pharmacy …

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‘Massive disconnect’ in our wellness: Swisse survey

The inaugural Swisse Wellness Survey highlights the “massive disconnect” between perceptions and reality for most Australians on three key indicators of good health – movement, nutrition and mental health. The survey in partnership with Nielsen hopes to gain a deeper understanding of Australians health perceptions, behaviours, barriers and information sourcing. …

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Cracking the genetic code of bipolar disorder

Researchers are appealing for 5,000 Aussie volunteers for the world’s largest genetic bipolar disorder investigation. At a media event the federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, former NRL player and study ambassador Dan Hunt, geneticist and study co-Investigator, Professor Nick Martin, Professor Nicholas Glozier, psychiatrist and patients raised awareness for the …

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The urgency of antibiotic resistance

Many Australians believe we are a safe ‘first world’ country, and antibiotic resistance won’t affect us. But this World Antibiotic Awareness Week, NPS MedicineWise is joining health bodies from around the world in urging people to understand antibiotic resistance isn’t just happening in other countries: it’s happening here, and it’s …

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Chronic pain trial begins

The chronic pain MedsCheck trial is underway, according to the Pharmacy Guild. The GuildLink software being used for the trial enables it to be conducted at more than 1,600 pharmacies that have completed the required training across Australia, with community pharmacists being encouraged to build relationships with other health professionals …

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Honorary doctorate awarded to Ita Buttrose

Journalist and businesswoman Ita Buttrose has been awarded UNSW’s highest honour – an honorary UNSW Medicine doctorate. At last week’s UNSW Medicine graduation ceremony, Ms Buttrose received Doctor of the University, honoris causa, honouring her for her eminent service to health, and for being an inspirational role model for aspiring women …

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Access to cheaper diabetes products

More than 600,000 people with diabetes can access cheaper products that help them manage their diabetes following the government’s changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). From December 1, patients will save up to $126 per year on the cost of already subsidised items listed on the NDSS such …

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