Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - February, 2013
Men and women of working age in regional Australia are significantly more likely to have retired for health reasons than their urban counterparts, according to a new study released by the University of Sydney.
Queensland announces healthcare blueprint
The Queensland Government has launched a blueprint for reform of the state’s healthcare system, which it says will re-establish the state’s healthcare as a ‘national pace-setter’.
Queensland to launch Rural Telehealth Service
The Queensland Government has announced plans to boost health services and facilities to regional and rural country towns through the creation of a new Rural Telehealth Service.
Blood test to prevent suicide
Preventing suicide may be as simple as taking a blood sample, with recent research finding that a certain chemical in the brain is linked to suicidal behaviour.
CSIRO announces flu breakthrough
The CSIRO has announced the successful design of a new drug that promises to safeguard against epidemic and pandemic flu strains.
Commission releases Tasmanian health report
The Commission on Delivery of Health Services in Tasmania has handed down its first preliminary report into the improvement of the delivery of health services in the state.
Partnership to tackle workplace mental health problems
National mental health organisation beyondblue and the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) have announced a new partnership to tackle depression and anxiety in the workplace.
Deakin opens rural health centre
Deakin University has opened its new $53 million Regional Community Health Hub in Geelong last week.
Government opens mental health services tender
The Federal Government has announced the tender for 20 new Family Mental Health Support Services that will provide services to vulnerable children and young people at risk of mental illness is now open.
Monash identifies weak link in trauma care
Monash University researchers have identified post-hospital care and communications as the weak links in the otherwise high quality of service in trauma care.
NZ to move on plain packaging laws
New Zealanders will soon be joining their trans-Tasman brothers in rolling out plain packaging for tobacco laws under legislation proposed by the New Zealand Government.
Obese boys have lowest life satisfaction
Obese teenagers have a significantly lower than average quality of life, according to a study of Sydney teenagers published in the American Journal of Adolescent Health by a team of researchers from the Westmead Millennium Institute (WMI).
Victorian health brawl turns ugly
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has accused Victorian Premier Baillieu of dishonest politics in his accusation of a shortfall of Federal health funding.
Cell immortality defect discovered
A team of researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have discovered a key genetic defect that can halt cell growth and force cells into a death-evading survival state.
Groundbreaking Hep C treatments listed on PBS
The Federal Government has announced two new groundbreaking treatments for chronic hepatitis C will now be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Melbourne cracks malaria puzzle
A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne have discovered that immature malaria parasites are more resistant to treatment than their mature counterparts.
Sydney supercharges antioxidants
A team of researchers from the University of Sydney are using supercomputers to supercharge antioxidants, promising to keep age related illnesses at bay.
$70 million for new CRCs
The Federal Government has announced two new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) will share in $70 million in funding.
ACCC greenlights dentist price sharing
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it will allow dental practitioners who operate on a shared premises to reach agreements on the fees they charge their patients provided at least one party is a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
Australians flock to private cover
Over 122,000 Australians have taken out private hospital cover in the last six months following the introduction of the means testing of the private health insurance rebate, according to Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek.
Boys get HPV inoculations
Australian schoolboys have begun receiving the first round of three vaccinations to protect from cancers and disease caused by the human papillomavirus.