Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - March, 2013
The Federal Government has announced that Australian children will begin receiving a new needle that will fully protect them from measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.
UNSW launches new Health leaders program
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has launched a new workplace-based professional doctorate aimed at creating a new generation of leaders in public health.
Indigenous health spending hits $4.6 billion
The Federal Government’s health expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations has hit $4.6 billion, or 3.7 per cent of the total health expenditure, in the 2010-11 period, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Study cracks cancer gene code
A team of international scientists, including from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR), have identified more than 60 regions of the human genome that can significantly increase a person’s risk of breast, prostate and ovarian cancer.
Aussies mindful of our health finds ABS
In 2011-12 over half of us regularly checked our skin for changes in freckles or moles, according to the second set of results released from the Australian Health Survey.
Mental health spending hits $6.9 billion
Annual spending on mental health services in Australia has risen to $6.9 billion, according to new figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
ACCC releases private health insurance report
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its annual report into accusations of anti-competitive behaviour of private health funds and insurance providers.
NDIS passes Parliament
The Federal Government has successfully passed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill through Parliament, paving the way for the creation of a new national agency aimed at supporting people with a disability, their families and carers.
Record number of GPs in training
Australians are set to reap the benefit of the largest number of GP’s per capita after the Federal Government released figures that show that 1108 graduates are enrolled in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT), filling all available places.
Report details disability poverty
Over 620,000 Australians with a disability are living below the internationally accepted poverty line, according to a new report released by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).
SA responds to health review
The South Australian Government has announced its formal response to the recommendations of the McCann review of the state’s non-hospital based services.
NSW launches lung cancer awareness campaign
The New South Wales Government and the Cancer Institute NSW have launched a new public education campaigned aimed at increasing the rates of early detection of lunch cancer.
Sterile bubble the making for a health catastrophe
Our collective loss of contact with biodiverse environments is creating a range of health issues and new diseases that were not present a century ago, according to a top health expert from the University of South Australia.
Approval granted for Charlton Hospital
The Victorian Government has announced it has granted the approval of the new site for the Charlton Hospital following its destruction in the 2011 floods.
SA to evaluate mental health services
The South Australian Government has announced that SA Health will undertake a full review of the state’s mental health bed capacity and demand since the implementation of the Stepping Up mental health reforms.
Young workers in the firing line
One in every work-related injury victim is aged 25 or under, according to a new report released by Safe Work Australia.
Victoria announces mental health appointments
The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Dr Mark Oakley Browne as the state's new Chief Psychiatrist.
Government releases new guide on Borderline Personality Disorder
The Federal Government has released a new guide to assist health professionals to recognise and treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Queensland launches free health initiative
The Queensland Government has launched the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service, which is a free, confidential telephone service available to people over the age of 18 years.
Report paints mixed picture of child health
Australia is continuing its streak of mediocrity in terms of the health of our children, according to a new research report released by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).
ABS releases cause of death stats
Deaths from heart disease have fallen steadily since 2002, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.