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After-hours medicine: Healthy need for home-visit doctors on call

After-hours medicine: Healthy need for home-visit doctors on call | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Ready access to a doctor is a key measure of wellbeing. It used to be a rare occurrence for a doctor to pay a house call, but no longer. The advent of businesses offering an out-of-hours and bulk-billed doctor service allows anyone with an urgent but not life-threatening ailment the chance to make a simple telephone call and quickly receive medical attention. The community benefits.

 

The mobile doctor who travels to a patient's home poses a challenge for the traditional general practitioner, based in a clinic and open only during business hours. The after-hours option has been called the "Uberisation" of medicine in terms of the disruptive challenge to existing business models, but the opportunity offered for widespread access to medical services should be embraced.

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Coalition Ignores Women’s Health Charter

Coalition Ignores Women’s Health Charter | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The federal Coalition has failed to endorse the first Australian Women’s Health Charter or committed to any of its four proposals in the lead up to the 2 July poll, according to the Australian Women’s Health Network.

 

Just two days out from the federal election the AWHN said it had received a proforma letter from the Coalition which neither acknowledged the charter nor addressed any of its specific content.

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Medical cannabis to be trialled in treatment of melanoma at the University of Canberra

Medical cannabis to be trialled in treatment of melanoma at the University of Canberra | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Scientists in Canberra will develop a new treatment for skin cancer using medicinal-grade cannabis, with clinical trials to begin in the ACT next year.

 

The University of Canberra has signed a million-dollar deal with Cann Pharmaceutical Australia to develop a new treatment for the 50,000 Australians living with melanoma.

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Health Check: is caffeine actually bad for kids?

Health Check: is caffeine actually bad for kids? | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Kids normally need a lot of extra nutrition during their adolescent growth spurt, and you might expect the appetite-suppressing effect of caffeine to result in poorer dietary intake and reduced growth.

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Free health clinics for Richmond and Hughenden women

Free health clinics for Richmond and Hughenden women | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Townsville Hospital and Health Service mobile nurse practitioner Jan Gale is helping women in rural areas prioritise their health with a free women’s health clinic.

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After-hours medicine: Healthy need for home-visit doctors on call

After-hours medicine: Healthy need for home-visit doctors on call | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Ready access to a doctor is a key measure of wellbeing. It used to be a rare occurrence for a doctor to pay a house call, but no longer. The advent of businesses offering an out-of-hours and bulk-billed doctor service allows anyone with an urgent but not life-threatening ailment the chance to make a simple telephone call and quickly receive medical attention. The community benefits.

 

The mobile doctor who travels to a patient's home poses a challenge for the traditional general practitioner, based in a clinic and open only during business hours. The after-hours option has been called the "Uberisation" of medicine in terms of the disruptive challenge to existing business models, but the opportunity offered for widespread access to medical services should be embraced.

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Funding for much-needed medical school and Medicare

Funding for much-needed medical school and Medicare | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Health has become the battleground to win over Central Coast voters with the major parties making significant medical announcements in the region today.

 

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten made a pitch to the working families of Dobell — one of the most marginal electorates in NSW — by making a national Medicare announcement at a Wyong medical centre.

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Voluntary euthanasia policy up for discussion by AMA

Voluntary euthanasia policy up for discussion by AMA | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) may change its position on voluntary euthanasia to one of neutrality, after a regular review of its long-held stance against the practice.

 

Almost 4,000 members of AMA responded to a survey on voluntary euthanasia.

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Plans for private medical centre in Orange are looking up

Plans for private medical centre in Orange are looking up | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A proposed multi-storey medical building incorporating a private hospital and medi-hotel on the site opposite Orange hospital is set to be the tallest building in Orange.

 

Developers of the private medical precinct said yesterday they would submit a new development application for the project with Orange City Council in coming weeks.

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Why would healthy young people volunteer to be medical guinea pigs?

Why would healthy young people volunteer to be medical guinea pigs? | Medical Services | Scoop.it

In one big room, 36 young people lie in single beds: so many smiling and dazed faces, male and female, some bodies curled up away from the light, low-key conversations, heads buried in pillows, a hipster-bearded dude listening to music in a chilled after-party fashion. No amputations here, apart from being cut off from the outside world. Even so, it's like a World War I hospital ward.

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GPs to take their privacy medicine

GPs to take their privacy medicine | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Australia’s family doctors are to improve their privacy practices following an assessment by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) that found that many practices could be improved.

 

According to Acting Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, the nation’s peak medical groups have lined up to support OAIC in improving the privacy practices in general practitioner (GP) clinics.

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Social health of young men

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The Wollongong managing director and founder of the Top Blokes Foundation finds more opportunities to put the national spotlight on the social health of young men.

 

Top Blokes is hosting the National Boy’s Health Forum at NSW Parliament House on June 1.

 

Melissa Abu-Gazaleh said the forum will highlight the urgent need to invest financially, politically and socially in preventative measures to address the social health of young males.

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Your daily vitamins could be making you sick

Your daily vitamins could be making you sick | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Scientists have made serious warnings about the supposed health benefits of popular vitamins and supplements.

 

A report on Four Corners last night exposed the increased risk of life-threatening conditions after taking too much vitamin E, C and D, which could lead to prostate cancer and heart disease. It has also been found that fish oil and weight loss tablets can cause harm.

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Strong move towards integrative medicine

Strong move towards integrative medicine | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Healthcare is moving towards integrative medicine, says a spokesperson for Blackmores, citing data which shows eight out of 10 Australian pharmacists take supplements themselves.

 

Earlier this week, Friends of Science in Medicine’s Ian Carr told us he and the group were stepping up a campaign against unproven complementary and alternative medicines in pharmacy, including naturopathy.

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Hospitals urged to boost arts dose

Hospitals urged to boost arts dose | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A new report about the healing power of art has challenged the State Government and health providers to do more in the field to improve the lives of patients, their families and medical staff.

 

The research maps arts activity in WA hospitals and clinics for the first time, spanning music therapy for cancer patients to artistic residencies.

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Health Australia Party's prime position draws ire of medical bodies

Health Australia Party's prime position draws ire of medical bodies | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The Health Australia Party, previously known as the Natural Medicine Party, have drawn the ire of official health bodies after winning the prized top spot on the NSW Senate ballot.

 

One of the party's central policies is to give natural medicine the same standing as "pharmaceutical medicine". The Health Australia Party is also widely viewed as anti-vaccination.

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New 'morning-after-pill' for women works for five days

New 'morning-after-pill' for women works for five days | Medical Services | Scoop.it

When it comes to abortion, women on the eastern seaboard of Australia don't have the same rights as women in the rest of the country.

 

In NSW and Queensland abortion remains a crime except when doctors believe a woman's physical and/or mental health is in serious danger. In all other states and territories abortion has been decriminalised.

 

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The Laughter Clinic proves comedy is the best medicine

The Laughter Clinic proves comedy is the best medicine | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A Brisbane comedian believes laughter is not only the best medicine but can reduce the rate of suicide in Australia.

 

Mark McConville runs The Laughter Clinic in Brisbane, a series of workshops that combines comedy and laughter with suicide prevention tools.

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Does Naturopathy work? The truth about ‘natural’ medicine

Does Naturopathy work? The truth about ‘natural’ medicine | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Around 10 percent of Australians have seen a naturopath for one reason or another. Chances are you, someone you know, or that person reading this over your shoulder right now visited a naturopath in the last year. But popularity isn’t everything.

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Advances in diabetes care is theme of Australian Society

Advances in diabetes care is theme of Australian Society | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Diabetes researchers, patients and interested bystanders will be tucking in to a superb spread of science at the Australian Society for Medical Research Week dinner on Thursday night.

 

Novel uses of stem cells for wound healing and the 3D printing of replacement insulin-producing islet cells are among the exciting future treatments for diabetes to be announced at the sold-out public event at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

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Call on Politicians to Adopt Women’s Health Charter

Call on Politicians to Adopt Women’s Health Charter | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Australia’s first women’s health charter has been launched by the Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) in a bid to influence all political parties in the lead up the 2016 federal election.

 

The charter calls on political parties to commit to national leadership by taking action to ensure the health and well-being needs of all women in Australia are met.

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Female heart disease: The most serious health threat facing Australian women

Female heart disease: The most serious health threat facing Australian women | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Every hour, an Australian woman dies of heart disease. It kills three times as many women as breast cancer, yet research shows women are far more likely to get a mammogram than a heart health check.

 

In fact, it kills more females every year in Australia than all the cancers combined.

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Zika virus diagnosis prompts medical response in Cairns

Zika virus diagnosis prompts medical response in Cairns | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Cairns residents are being urged to kill mosquitoes in response to a resident testing positive to Zika virus after returning from overseas.

 

The Dengue Action Response Team has been spraying the area around the resident's home to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne disease linked to severe birth defects.

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Murdoch partners with AusCann

Murdoch partners with AusCann | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Murdoch University has partnered with a Perth company which plans to use cannabis as a medicinal product, a day after scientists from the University of Western Australia said cannabis use could damage a person’s DNA.

 

Medical cannabis company, AusCann Group Holdings, which is led by former Liberal MP Mal Washer, and Murdoch will conduct research into the cultivation and development of medicinal cannabis strains for the treatment of various medical conditions.

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New medical practice open for business

New medical practice open for business | Medical Services | Scoop.it

For a town with a shortage of doctors, Dr Andrew and Leigh Rees are a godsend.

 

They are the couple behind Warwick’s newest medical practice – Palmerin Street Medical Practice.

 

Dr Rees will be looking after the patients in the consultation room and wife Leigh will handle the reception desk and everything else.

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End of RFDS-operated rural women's health clinics sparks concerns

End of RFDS-operated rural women's health clinics sparks concerns | Medical Services | Scoop.it

After 17 years of operating rural women's wellbeing clinics in Queensland, the Royal Flying Doctor Service's contract to operate them will run out at the end of June, sparking concern from rural women.

 

From July 1 the clinics, which operate at 42 locations around the state and offer women-specific services such as cervical cancer checks, will be run by local health service providers instead.

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