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After the foam let the funding begin

With bush fires contaminating our air this week, it’s ironic an unrelated by-product of fire has been awarded $1.39m in government research funding. The toxic contaminants from firefighting foams, known as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) resist heat, oil, stains and water and are currently the subject of the largest …

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Dementia: government response ‘not enough’

While welcoming the federal government’s “first steps” to address dementia needs, peak body Dementia Australia has urgently called for more. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the government’s response to priorities identified in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s interim report will go some way towards meeting …

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PSA and Guild hail aged care meds safety funds

Significant investment to address the challenges of medicines safety in aged care, including reducing chemical restraint, has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The $25.5 million federal government funds aimed at improving medication management programs and reducing the use of medicines as …

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Clampdown on repeat offenders

Antimicrobial stewardship took a step forward this week, with the PBAC recommending the removal of repeat options for antibiotic prescriptions. Targeting the prescribing of antibiotics at a general practitioner level is important because it’s where most antibiotics are prescribed – often with repeats not deemed therapeutically necessary. Research indicates that …

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Pain Week call for proper funding on chronic pain

As National Pain Week (July 22-28) is held, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on the federal government to properly fund evidence-based treatments for those experiencing chronic pain. Chronic pain affects one in five Australians, rising to one in three for those aged over 65, the APA says. “We …

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Dementia funds hailed but now for priority status: DA

The federal government will provide $21m to 13 research projects that focus on the risk and reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia. Reportedly, the total investment under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Boosting Dementia Research Grant scheme is said to have reached its $200m allocation. According to Dementia …

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Racism and access issues in rural health

Improved access to healthcare and the abolition of discrimination and racism in remote and rural areas featured strongly in Australia’s 15th National Rural Health Conference. Ear, nose and throat surgeon Kelvin Kong, of the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health, used his opening address to stun the …

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Prioritise rural mobile infrastructure

The federal government rollout of new mobile base stations in regional cities has been welcomed, but remote and rural communities should be prioritised, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA). NRHA CEO Mark Diamond says this week’s announcement of new mobile base stations is good news for regional communities …

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