Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - January, 2013
New research released by the Sax Institute shows that erectile dysfunction could signal ‘silent’ heart disease and may indicate an increased risk of dying from any cause.
Research promises flu breakthrough
A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) has discovered a new protein that protects against viral infections, such as influenza.
Childhood arthritis admissions on the rise
Recent figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows hospitalisation rates for juvenile arthritis is increasing.
Medical workforce continues to grow
The medical workforce is continuing to grow, with improved supply across all regions of Australia, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Rural clinical schools have little to show for a decade's work
Rural clinical schools designed to encourage medical students to take up rural practice have failed to increase the proportion of Australian medical graduates moving to work outside the major cities, according to Charles Sturt University (CSU) medical consultant Emeritus Professor John Dwyer.
ADHD medication can slow growth in teenage boys
Adolescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be shorter and slimmer than their same-age peers, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Asthma researchers make virus and allergy breakthrough
Paediatric and respiratory researchers from the University of Newcastle, along with national and international collaborators, are a step closer to identifying the source of serious virus-and allergen-induced asthma attacks after detecting important molecular signals generated very early in the disease process.
Chair appointed to Health Queensland's Clinical Senate
Dr David Rosengren has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Health’s Queensland Clinical Senate (QCS).
SA to outlaw unregistered midwifery
Legislation to make it illegal for unregistered practitioners to provide midwifery services in South Australia is being prepared by SA Health.
Alzheimer's to be diagnosed online
The early onset of Alzheimer's disease could be detected using a simple online test, according to scientists from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland (UQ).
Queensland research finds potential cure for AIDS
A researcher at the Molecular Virology Laboratory, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Associate Professor David Harrich, has determined how to modify a protein in the HIV virus, so that it instead provides strong, lasting protection from infection.
Study finds genetic collagen link to serious eye disease
A major national and international genetic eye disease research project led by Australian researchers has identified a family of genes related to collagen that influence corneal thickness and disease risk.
New CEO for NSW Bureau of Health Information
Canadian public health expert Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the New South Wales Government’s Bureau of Health Information.
New Melbourne facility to enhance drug discovery
The Translational Medicinal Chemistry Facility at Monash University’s Parkville campus has been officially launched as a collaborative partnership between the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) and the Federal and Victorian Governments and private industry.
Radiation therapists to be upskilled to deal with treatment delays
A new national program to be led by Monash University with funding from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing will address predicted delays in access to radiation treatment due to increasing demand in the ageing population.
South Australian appointed head of NSW Ambulance Service
Ray Creen has been appointed chief executive of the Ambulance Service of NSW.
Warning on new strain of norovirus
UNSW researchers have discovered a new strain of norovirus that they warn could cause a severe epidemic of acute gastroenteritis in Australia this winter.