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Health group’s action call

“Whoever is elected to the next parliament, whether to government, opposition or crossbenches, please consider health in any decisions that you make,” says Alison Verhoeven, CEO of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). In a media statement released this week, Ms Verhoeven outlines how a person’s health and wellbeing …

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New female health network

The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) welcomed the $5 million commitment by the Coalition to fund a ground-breaking national women’s health alliance. The commitment of $5 million is to go towards a nation-building initiative, informed by women for women, called the National Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network. Founding …

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Engage with care

Delivering harm reduction services is a key part of the pharmacist’s role and pharmacists should (and do) endeavour to offer these services to all people in their community, according to the Pharmacy Guild. However, to deliver these services, the Guild says pharmacists must inevitably engage with people who use drugs …

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Move to reform Indigenous Pharmacy Programs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients must be ensured culturally safe primary healthcare services in rural, regional and remote areas and this must be a priority for the federal government, say two health industry groups. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) are …

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Inflammation: a swell cure

Treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases are one step closer with University of Queensland researchers’ discovery of a way to stop inflammation. A study, led by Associate Professor Kate Schroder and Dr Rebecca Coll from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Professor Avril Robertson from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular …

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Play to talk about the taboo of suicide

A new production that combines a play about suicide with a panel of mental health experts is hoping to connect and bring people together in local communities throughout Victoria. The project’s fundraisers  (not-for profit Parenting Guides Ltd + HealthPlay) argue that suicide has been taboo for too long and families …

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Main parties support PSA medicine safety agenda

The Coalition, Labor Party and the Greens have all responded to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) five election action items, ahead of the federal election —highlighting their support for the valuable role pharmacists play in our healthcare system. Both the Coalition and the Greens have committed to declaring medicine …

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Can new polymyxin antibiotic tackle superbugs?

The development of the new polymyxin is needed to meet an increasingly urgent healthcare need and Monash University today announced the grant of an exclusive licence of its portfolio of proprietary synthetic polymyxin antibiotics to a US-based biopharmaceutical company. The company, Qpex Biopharma is focused on developing new antibiotics to …

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Dementia patient needs largely ignored

Government and opposition commitments to improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians are being applauded by Dementia Australia, but the group says the needs of dementia patients are largely being ignored. CEO Maree McCabe says the health focus in the federal election campaign thus far is to be commended, …

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