Tag Archives: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Gov’t opens door to health information

Accessing information about the health of Australians and healthcare performance will be made easier by two new online resources launched by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The Australian Health Performance Framework (AHPF) was created by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Committee (AHMAC) as a single mechanism for …

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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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Worrying increase in paracetamol poisoning cases

In little more than a decade, the annual number of paracetamol poisoning cases has increased by 44.3 per cent, while cases of toxic liver diseases due to paracetamol overdose have more than doubled, according Australian researchers. Paracetamol is a popular OTC painkiller, but increasing numbers of both overdose and liver …

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AF leading cause of CV hospitalisation

Atrial fibrillation (AF), the irregular, rapid heart rate that can cause heart palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath and death, has overtaken heart failure and heart attacks as the leading cause of cardiovascular (CV) hospitalisation, a South Australian study has found. Researchers analysed data collected over two decades by the Australian …

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Cancer’s ups and downs

In Australia, cases of cancer have tripled since the early 1980s but survival rates are improving. According to the ‘Cancer in Australia 2019’ report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the number of new cancer cases will rise from 47,500 in 1982 to 145,000 in 2019. …

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Australian Alzheimer’s research evolving

Australian public company NeuroScientific Biopharmaceuticals (NSB) says it may be well placed against other larger pharmaceuticals in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s research has recently moved towards a radical new approach focused on the survival of brain cells to combat degenerative neurological disease, says NSB, whose Chairman, Brian …

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Queensland pharmacy inquiry

Against the backdrop of the rising cost of GP visits for many Queenslanders, the start of public hearings at a state parliamentary inquiry this week should highlight the need to allow pharmacists to treat minor ailments, according to the Pharmacy Guild. The Guild’s Queensland branch President Trent Twomey says community …

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