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Union members from the 35,000-strong Department of Human Services (DHS) will go out on strike on four days before Christmas in protest over the federal government’s fixed stance on their pay and conditions. The strikes will affect union members at Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support and in...

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The TGA is to revise the penalties associated with the illegal importation and / or supply of dental products to strengthen the integrity of the regulatory framework for medical devices.  The reforms will provide new penalties for those buying products online and using these on their patie...

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A majority of doctors support the profession being involved in assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia if laws are changed to allow it, a survey by the Australian Medical Association has found. Despite the support, the AMA has stopped short of backing calls for new laws, and says doctors should n...

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A suite of resources has been launched in an effort to increase eye-health awareness and understanding amongst indigenous Australians.  Last week, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and the Vision Initiative introduced a set of culturally appropriate e...

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Cost, belief that the child “doesn’t really need to go” and “not enough time” have rounded out the top three reasons parents in Victoria are not taking their children to the dentist. Data was gathered from 1845 children aged 3-5 years who received a dental examination ...

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Australia will reverse 50 years of progress in the fight against heart disease if a "new era" of heart related conditions are ignored, a new study has warned. The report, released by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, found growing rates of obesity and type-2 diabetes, along with an increa...

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MANY Australian men are not having their options for treatment of early prostate cancer properly explained. It is a scandal. It is now time to take the decision out of the hands of one specialty and mandate for multidisciplinary assessment of all men with prostate cancer. And despite the annual exh...

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They are the after hours lifesavers beloved by families and emergency departments alike — but a government crackdown could make it harder for a GP to make a house call in the dead of night. There could also be increased pressure on hospital emergency departments, a doctor’s group has wa...

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Dozens of health professionals, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, are dying of fatal drug overdoses every year, and some of them are using drugs found in their workplaces. There were 404 fatal drug overdoses among health professionals between 2003 and 2013, with an average of 37 each year, ...

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