Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - March, 2020
An expert group is calling for the planet to come together and develop a strategy for human survival.
New deal for PPE boost
A new deal should see more than 100 million surgical masks produced by a South Australian company.
City considers dengue declaration
Townsville health authorities may soon declare an outbreak of dengue fever in the city.
Telehealth expanded to spare staff
The Federal Government is expanding Medicare-subsidised telehealth services.
Mum's bugs boost babies
A new study has found that a mother’s gut bugs can affect their baby’s food allergies.
TAL cutting COVID coverage
One of Australia's biggest life insurers is trying to avoid payouts to customers who die from COVID-19, including frontline doctors.
Gold Coast hospital sued
A Queensland public hospital service is being sued over alleged medical negligence.
Cell study reveals chemo target
Scientists have discovered that cells inject each other, which could open a new line of attack on cancer.
Fluoride poll for port town
A NSW council will soon ask its community whether it wants to remove fluoride from the public water supply.
Visit restrictions for Victoria
Victorian hospitals are now under strict visitor limits to protect patients and staff.
Dust exposure re-assessed
New analysis suggests coal miners are being exposed to more harmful dust than previously believed.
Supply fears prompt audit
Authorities are auditing the critical care capacity of hospitals nationwide.
Both the federal and Queensland governments are pouring more money into research for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Brain map gives insight
The first ever genetic map of the cerebral cortex has been produced with the help of Australian researchers.
Teeth show ancient divide
A high-tech study of teeth has exposed ancient gender inequality in China.
Vape study denies 'gateway'
A British study has found young vapers are less likely to try cigarettes later.
COVID-19 drug tests funded
Queensland researchers say they have reached their funding goal for clinical trials of a possible COVID-19 vaccine.
Monkeys show COVID response
A study in monkeys has found they do not develop a coronavirus infection the second time they are exposed, suggesting plasma from recovered patients could be a treatment for COVID-19.
WHO wants PPE boost
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a 40 per cent increase in PPE for healthcare workers.
Call to reform gap goals
Australia’s Closing the Gap policy has been dubbed a “medical response to what is effectively a political problem”, amid calls for stronger efforts.