Tag Archives: children

CAR-T leukaemia treatment is here

The future in cancer treatment has arrived for Australian children and young adults battling leukaemia, with the availability of CAR-T therapy in this country, according to Rare Cancers Australia (RCA). The organisation congratulated Health Minister Greg Hunt on the historical approval and reimbursement of Australia’s first chimeric antigen receptor T …

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Chemists’ Own way to help kids

Chemists’ Own has chosen the winning pharmacies from the group’s 2018 ‘Help us help our local community’ initiative to raise money for Australian early-learning centres. The program assists pharmacies to raise funds for centres in their communities. Participating pharmacies have been supported by Chemists’ Own to raise money for their …

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Spotlight on child deprivation

A study exploring poverty and disadvantage among young Australians has found a significant number are missing out on items and experiences deemed essential for living a normal life. According to many of the child respondents, the missing essentials included fresh fruit and vegetables every day, internet access at home, school …

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Mental health focus on suicide and woman’s health

World Mental Health Day brings an increased focus on a number of significant health issues including increased suicide rates and women’s health. The National Rural Health Alliance welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a Productivity Commission inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best …

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Injection protection urged

Pharmacy Guild Queensland Branch President Trent Twomey says allowing the state’s community pharmacists to practise vaccination to the full extent of their training could better protect children against infectious diseases, such as whooping cough. He says the outbreak of whooping cough at a Gold Coast school last week could potentially …

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Free meningococcal vacs in Tas

The state government in Tasmania is extending the free vaccination program against meningococcal disease – and pharmacists can administer it to children. Under the broader program announced yesterday (July 26), eligible Tasmanians will receive a free meningococcal vaccine from either a GP, a pharmacist (for children aged 10 and older), …

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Sweet drinks key driver in childhood obesity gap

A Deakin University study of more than 3,000 children shows children in Australia’s lowest socioeconomic group are far more likely to consume sugary drinks and savoury junk food than their wealthier peers, leading to much higher rates of obesity. The research, published this week in the <itals>International Journal of Epidemiology<itals>, …

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