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Airline Rex considers transporting medical isotopes amid concerns of delays for Albany patients.

Airline Rex considers transporting medical isotopes amid concerns of delays for Albany patients. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Regional Express Airlines (Rex) is reviewing its policy on the transportation of radioactive medical isotopes after an incident on the Perth-Albany route.

 

A freight forwarder incorrectly advised the material, destined for a patient in Albany, could be carried by the airline.

 

However, the patient's surgery was rescheduled after the isotope was not accepted due to airline policy.

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Medical board admits hospital probe took too long.

Medical board admits hospital probe took too long. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

An independent review, commissioned by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), has been released with the agency conceding it took a long time to investigate complaints about practitioners made three years ago.

 

AHPRA will run awareness campaigns on reporting obligations, and will work with the Victorian Health Department, practitioners and the public to ensure concerns are being raised and regulatory action taken when necessary.

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Doctors need to speak out against treatments that have no evidence of success.

Doctors need to speak out against treatments that have no evidence of success. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Alternative medicine is big business. With a cost of more than $2 billion annually in Australia, you might think practices like vitamin and mineral supplementation, acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy or even chiropractic care were conventional. Yet the majority of these have little foundation in evidence. So why are so many of us signing up for treatments with no guarantee of success? At least some of the fault lies with doctors like me.

 

Effective communication has long been considered a key component of medical care. Patients want to know how likely a treatment is to work and doctors should be able to tell them. This is the promise of evidenced-based care, yet in some regard doctors are failing to promote it.

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Allergies: a new guide for parents.

Allergies: a new guide for parents. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

There is no shortage of people willing to give you health advice. Everyone from protective family members and well-meaning Facebook friends to the straight-out zealots and money makers will have something to say.

 

Unfortunately, no matter whether they are motivated by fear of disease or interventionist medicine, or simply pride in their own physique and spirituality, these people are quite often plain wrong. Sometimes badly wrong.

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Medical students look to the future of rural and remote health in Australia.

Medical students look to the future of rural and remote health in Australia. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The recruitment of more Indigenous doctors and medical professionals is a big challenge facing regional health, students from Australia's rural medical society say.

 

Representatives from Australia's 28 rural health student societies met this week in Canberra to talk about the future of rural and remote health.

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Specialised women's health centre officially opens in NSW Riverina.

Specialised women's health centre officially opens in NSW Riverina. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The former New South Wales Governor, Dame Marie Bashir, has officially opened a specialised women's health and support service the southern New South Wales city of Wagga Wagga, describing it as a historic moment.

 

At the opening on Thursday Professor Bashir, who comes from the nearby town of Narrandera, touched on the history of volunteers forming the Wagga Wagga Women's Health Centre without government funding, after local doctors refused to provide contraceptives to women in the 1970s.

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Men's health advocate says males should be taught about testicular examination in school.

Men's health advocate says males should be taught about testicular examination in school. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Men's Shed Week has triggered a debate about gender-specific health education in high schools, and prompted questions about disparities between men's and women's awareness.

 

Young men have not been made aware of their potential health conditions in the same way as young women, according to Chris Philbrick, Secretary of the Bombala Men's Shed in south east New South Wales.

 

"They're quite happy to teach girls in schools how to do breast self-examination but when the issue is raised about teaching boys how to do testicular examination, they throw their arms up in horror because you can't have young men fiddling with their private parts," he said.

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Healthy eating messages via SMS can be more effective targeting young people, study finds.

Healthy eating messages via SMS can be more effective targeting young people, study finds. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Delivering healthy eating messages via SMS can be an effective way of targeting health advice to young adults, researchers at Perth's Curtin University have found.

 

Dr Christina Pollard from the university's school of public health said people aged 18 to 30 were a crucial group for health authorities to reach, because it was at 18 when people typically become less active and begin to gain weight.

 

She said they were also a group that was likely to have their mobile phones with them at all times.

 

"Research shows that young people's intakes of fruit and vegetables, junk food and alcohol are not favourable, so they are a really important target group," she said.

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Choose Healthier pilot program targets obesity in Canberra.

Choose Healthier pilot program targets obesity in Canberra. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Canberra's Hellenic Club general manager Patrick McKenna says its bistro and playground are crawling with children most nights. And from next month, its smallest patrons will have more nourishing options to fuel their bodies.

 

The club is one of five businesses involved in a three-month pilot to help Canberrans make healthier food choices.

 

Limelight Cinema in Greenway and Macgregor cafe Tommy & Me, as well as IGA Nicholls and Drakeford IGA in Kambah, will also trial new ways of promoting healthy food, with the support of a nutritionist, the Canberra Business Chamber and the ACT government.

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Calls for a permanent Aboriginal medical service in western Sydney as another one goes under.

Calls for a permanent Aboriginal medical service in western Sydney as another one goes under. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A second Aboriginal health service in western Sydney is on the brink of closure, after the collapse of the Aboriginal medical service in NSW last year.


The Nepean Aboriginal Health Service was set up in Penrith as a bulk-billing practice and registered charity by former employees of the Western Sydney Aboriginal Medical Service, which went into liquidation with debts of $4 million last year.


But public officer Dea Thiele, who poured $500,000 of her personal superannuation into the Nepean service, conceded on Thursday that it had run out of money less than four months after it started accepting patients.

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This is what medical marijuana could look like in Australia

This is what medical marijuana could look like in Australia | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The federal government legalised medical marijuana nationally last week, but with several trials currently underway and a number of biotech companies keen to get in on the ground floor, just how the drug will be administered is part of the research.

 

It certainly won’t be smoked and there will be none of the usual “high” associated with recreational use of the drug when it is used medicinally.

 

MGC Pharmaceuticals has revealed today what it hopes the consumer product will actually look like in the form of a nasal drug delivery device.

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Do you have a healthy gut?

Do you have a healthy gut? | Medical Services | Scoop.it

It seems like everyone is talking about gut health, taking probiotics and singing the praises of fermented foods. Yep, gut health is the buzzword du jour. But what does good gut health actually look like? If everything is on the inside, how can we know we’re doing the right thing by our gut?


In her clinic, Dr Helena Davis has seen everything from ringing ears to the inability to focus to white-covered tongues. She’s a gut health specialist - and all of these symptoms are related to poor gut health.


Gut health is the buzzword du jour. Ever since German microbiologist Guilia Enders published the bestselling Gut last year, it seems like every symptom of poor health can be traced back to the gut. In the book, Enders explained the connection of intestinal health to obesity, mental health, immunity and even Alzheimer’s. Could good gut health be the panacea to keep us healthy and disease-free?

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New $30m Medical Place aged care facility coming to Bay

New $30m Medical Place aged care facility coming to Bay | Medical Services | Scoop.it

ALMOST 600 more aged care places are still needed in the Wide Bay to meet the region’s current demand. But that figure could soon be halved by investment in Hervey Bay alone - a new $30 million Premier Health Care facility in Urraween's Medical Place will offer 145 new beds, with the 18 month building project tipped to begin early next month by company's chief executive Viv Padman.


Mr Padman who described Hervey Bay as the "retirement capital of the country", said the facility would offer tailored care plans for low and high care residents, as well as those in the memory support wing.


"The medical precinct is a unique opportunity for residents to not only enjoy first class facilities in a new facility but also live across the road from one of Australia's leading hospitals and a full range of ancillary medical specialties," he said.

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Online skin cancer tool aims to encourage people to seek early medical help.

Online skin cancer tool aims to encourage people to seek early medical help. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Doctors hope a new online tool that predicts a person's chance of getting skin cancer will spur Australians into seeking earlier medical care.

 

Queensland researchers at QIMR Berghofer developed an online survey after a study of 43,000 people aged between 40 and 70.

Professor David Whiteman said the test was 80 per cent accurate in predicting the risk of a person over the age of 40 of developing a non-melanoma skin cancer within three years.

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Baby of the family most likely to miss out on breast.

Baby of the family most likely to miss out on breast. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A woman’s education level and the number of children she has affects breast feeding, with the “baby of the family” most likely to miss out, University of Queensland research shows.

 

UQ School of Public Health PhD candidate Natalie Holowko analysed data reported by more than 4700 mothers in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health to determine relationships between socioeconomic factors, birth order and breastfeeding rates.

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The medical meat market is a disgrace

The medical meat market is a disgrace | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Last year, 2015, began my serious exposure to the medical profession, support staff and ancillary services in Australia.

 

It began in March with a major operation for glaucoma. The surgeon was competent and the procedure successful. However his fees were high and the gap between them and what my health insurer was prepared to pay was large.

 

I rang the health insurer. The woman who took my call agreed that the gap was large. She offered the advice that I might like to negotiate with the surgeon to reduce his fee against an increased one-off payment by the health insurer.

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Abortion drug RU486 debated in NT Parliament, Health Minister's concerns criticised as 'incorrect'.

Abortion drug RU486 debated in NT Parliament, Health Minister's concerns criticised as 'incorrect'. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Female parliamentarians and an abortion lobby group have called on the NT Health Minister to listen to the advice of his department and medical experts over an amendment to the RU486 abortion drug bill.

 

The private member's bill, which would allow Territory women liberal access to the medical abortion drug, was debated in Parliament on Wednesday night, but adjourned until April for further discussion.

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Australian Medical Association reveal the best and worst of health funds.

Australian Medical Association reveal the best and worst of health funds. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The best and worst health funds have been revealed and Medibank, the nation’s biggest health fund, has been found to offer some of the lowest benefits for common procedures.

 

For the first time ever the Australian Medical Association will today unveil what the major health funds will pay out for 22 of the most common hospital procedures.

 

The information comes as health fund members are finding their premiums are rising well in excess of the average 5.59 per cent rise.

 

Premiums for Bupa’s top hospital cover rose by 8.5 per cent, some of Medibank’s policies rose by 6.85 per cent. All health fund premiums rise on April 1.

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Medical dope superfarm on Far North’s radar.

Medical dope superfarm on Far North’s radar. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The Far North could become the medicinal cannabis capital of Australia under a multimillion-dollar medical-grade facility proposed for the Tablelands.

 

Developers Shane Garozzo and Joe Trimarchi will today meet with the state Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson and Health Minister Cameron Dick’s chief adviser in Brisbane to pitch their Trimpex Medicinal Cannabis project and discuss state legislation.

 

Mr Garozzo, a Mareeba rural development consultant, and third-generation Atherton cane farmer Mr Trimarchi believe the Tablelands’ “friable (easily crumbled) and notoriously bountiful” red soils are ideal for growing cannabis.

 

Added to this are the area’s climate and low exposure to cyclones.

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Medical mesh concerns raised

Medical mesh concerns raised | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a database where the public can view adverse reports made about medical devices since 2012.

 

Because an adverse outcome might be the fault of a device, or the surgeon, or a combination of the two, or neither, the Database of Adverse Event Notifications carries a warning.

 

“Please do not make an assessment about the safety of a medical device based on the information in the database,” it says.

 

Six adverse reports appear on the database if you type in the words “TFS Manufacturing”, which produces the Tissue Fixation System transvaginal mesh prolapse device.

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New medical 'one-stop shop' for Altona North.

New medical 'one-stop shop' for Altona North. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A world-renowned local doctor has stepped up to the challenge of recruiting GPs to Melbourne’s west by opening a new medical “one-stop shop” in its industrial heartland of Altona North.

 

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal will open Circle Health on Sunday on the site of the old bowling alley in Blackshaws Road.

 

The centre will have a medical practice, pharmacy, dentist, pathology, psychologists, physiotherapists and 13 specialist medical consulting rooms.

 

Dr Haikerwal, who resigned as chairman of the World Medical Association to focus on the new clinic, said the multimillion-dollar venture was conceived and funded by himself and eight partners, mainly GPs.

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Is a 5.6% increase in private health insurance premiums justified?

Is a 5.6% increase in private health insurance premiums justified? | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Health Minister Sussan Ley today announced private health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 5.6% from April.

 

This amounts to the average family paying about $300 more a year for an average policy.

 

This year’s increase is a little lower than increases of about 6% approved over the last two years.

 

The 2016 increases range from 3.8% for the Doctor’s Health Fund, to just under 9% for CUA health Fund.

 

Increases for the largest funds, Medibank and BUPA, are just below the industry average.

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Design cities for women, says Sydney's chief planner.

Design cities for women, says Sydney's chief planner. | Medical Services | Scoop.it

There is a particular spot in Pitt Street that has claimed the heel on Lucy Turnbull's shoes - twice.


The chairwoman of the Greater Sydney Commission, wife of the Prime Minister and diminutive wearer of high heels has revealed the perils she and other women face each day in Sydney as they go about their business in the CBD.


'Its really important that cities work for women," she told a group of women executives at an International Women's Day function held at property group Dexus on Thursday night.

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Free medical clinics plan for Alice

Free medical clinics plan for Alice | Medical Services | Scoop.it

NEW medical clinics and another pharmacy could soon be built in Alice Springs.

 

Proposals for the projects were heard at a Development Consent Authority meeting on Wednesday.

 

The proposal from Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, if successful, would see clinics replace office space in on Spearwood Rd in Sadadeen and Diarama Close in Araluen.

 

Congress has also included the construction of a shopfront pharmacy at Diarama Village in the proposal.

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The chemists denying you a $1 government discount on medicines

The chemists denying you a $1 government discount on medicines | Medical Services | Scoop.it

YOU should be paying $1 less every time you get a prescription filled but Australia’s most powerful lobby group is opposed to chemists passing on the saving.


Seventy per cent of patients are missing out on the $1 prescription medicine discount that became available on January 1 because suburban pharmacies are refusing to pass it on to patients, the Health Department has revealed.


Their powerful lobby group, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, is misleading patients into thinking they will be worse off if they pay less for scripts.


The guild says patients who get cheaper scripts will have to fill 11 more scripts a year to reach the government safety net when scripts become free for pensioners and fall to $6.20 for general patients.


In truth no patient will be financially worse off under the change and many will be winners, paying less for medicines each month.

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