Archived News for Health Sector Professionals - April, 2020
A confidential Defence Department report last year predicted many of the shortages and behaviours of the COVID-19 pandemic.
GM ban largely lifted
South Australia is lifting its ban on genetically-modified crops, but councils still have a choice.
Colossal sewer probe outlined
The leaders of Australia’s COVID-19 sewage surveillance scheme have given more details on their plan.
Cops probe cruise ship spread
The NSW Homicide Squad is investigating 21 deaths connected to the Ruby Princess cruise ship.
Health staff want PPE clarity
A lack of PPE is causing Australian frontline healthcare workers to question their willingness to work.
COVID app launched
The Federal Government has launched its COVIDSafe tracking app, but has not provided the source code as promised.
New sensors for smart shirts
Engineers have developed a way to incorporate electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics, allowing clothes to monitor vital signs.
Ombudsmen alerted to NSW issues
Clinicians have asked NSW’s ombudsmen to investigate claims of systemic failures at NSW Health.
Tests suggest new suppression
Australian researchers have discovered an innovative way to dampen severe inflammation.
Science denial on risk list
A new report finds science denial is one of the greatest risks to humanity.
Panic-buying habits studied
Psychologists have launched a national research project investigating panic-buying behaviours.
Bushfire studies funded
The Federal Government has put up $5 million for researchers to study the health impacts of bushfires.
PFAS class action launched
A PFAS class action involving more than 40,000 Australians has been launched against the Department of Defence.
AMA urges surgery
The AMA says Australia needs to get back to routine health care, or risk a greater toll than COVID-19 will bring.
Autism study finds brain stem link
Experts say abnormal brain stem activity might explain some of the attention issues seen in autism.
High use of remote antibiotics
Alarm has been raised about high rates of antibiotic use among Aboriginal kids in remote communities.
Privacy pledge for tracing app
The Federal Government is attempting to calm privacy fears over its new contact tracing app.
Sewers swept for virus data
Every flush of the toilet could soon play a role in tracking and stemming the spread of COVID-19.
Shingles survey shows variation
Experts have warned of “concerning” variations in shingles treatments.
Ultrasound for Alzheimer's studied
Australian experts have found new evidence that ultrasound can help in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.