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Tobacco still big killer but burden is easing

Tobacco use contributed to an estimated 21,000 deaths, or more than one in eight fatalities, in Australia during 2015, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, ‘Burden of tobacco use in Australia’, used burden of disease analysis to study the impact …

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Directory puts pain services on the map

Health Minister Greg Hunt launched Painaustralia’s National Pain Services Directory at Parliament House this week. More than 200 specialist pain services across Australia are in the directory, enabling better access to best practice pain management for millions fighting pain. “Most of the 3.2 million Australians living with pain don’t receive …

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Anti-acid meds linked to future health risks

National initiatives have failed to reduce prolonged use of anti-acid medicines in Australia, according to a new UNSW study. Australians’ use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medicines to manage gastrointestinal acid-related disorders, such as heartburn or acid reflux, is among the highest in the world. In 2017, an estimated 15 …

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Queensland Pharmacy Guild hosts annual parliamentary dinner

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Queensland branch recently held its parliamentary dinner at Queensland Parliament House. On Tuesday evening over 110 guests attended the event, including parliamentarians, Guild members and pharmacy industry representatives. Attendees heard keynote addresses from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington, who …

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Affordability an issue in women’s healthcare

The results of the fifth annual Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey were launched on Wednesday October 23, 2019, revealing interesting insights into women’s healthcare. Surveying almost 10,000 women from across Australia the results shine the spotlight on female health concerns, needs and behaviours, highlighting issues such as affordability and discrimination. …

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iNova’s iPitch encourages product innovation through crowdsourcing

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iNova Pharmaceuticals invites consumer health product developers worldwide to submit product innovations to iPitch – its collaborative new crowdsourcing project. Starting with four carefully curated product-based challenges, iPitch aims to draw out fresh ideas and prospective business partnerships from anyone with ideas for a product or device that has the potential …

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Asthma death figures show gender disparity

New data reveals a marked decrease in asthma-related deaths in Australian women, while the death toll for men barely dropped. Welcoming the reduction in asthma-related deaths, National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) warned against complacency as the total number of deaths remains high. Women aged over 54 are most at risk …

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A Plus for CW group in MedAdvisor deal

MedAdvisor’s PlusOne pharmacy software has been selected by Chemist Warehouse as its platform for the promotion, recording and delivery of all its health programs. The medication management company has been providing SMS services for Chemist Warehouse for more than eight years, but the pharmacy outlet group has not previously used …

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$4m boost in funding for osteoporosis plan

A national strategic action plan for osteoporosis is set to provide critical support to the 4.7 million Australians aged over 50 who live with poor bone health.   The plan, launched yesterday (October 17) in Canberra by Osteoporosis Australia and the federal government with Health Minister Greg Hunt, also supports a …

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Third tranche of $1m med-tech grants open

Expressions of interest are now open for grants of up to $1 million to support development and commercialisation of cutting-edge new medical devices. The funding is being made available through the third round of the $45 million BioMedTech Horizons (BMTH) program, an initiative of the Medical Research Future Fund, operated …

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