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There have been more recorded flu notifications across Australia in 2017 than the previous five years. Why is the flu season so bad this time around?

There have been more recorded flu notifications across Australia in 2017 than the previous five years. Why is the flu season so bad this time around?

Posted: 21-08-2017

The anguish of two families touched by suicide has been laid bare in submissions to an inquiry into the management of health delivery in New South Wales.

The anguish of two families touched by suicide has been laid bare in submissions to an inquiry into the management of health delivery in New South Wales.

Author: Giselle Wakatama
Posted: 21-08-2017

An Aboriginal health organisation in far-west New South Wales helps reduce the risks of chronic health conditions in the Indigenous community.

An Aboriginal health organisation in far-west New South Wales helps reduce the risks of chronic health conditions in the Indigenous community.

Author: Sofie Wainwright
Posted: 20-08-2017

Australian doctors declare private medicine is "under siege", and are pushing the Federal Government to make "junk" healthcare policies illegal.

Australian doctors declare private medicine is "under siege", and are pushing the Federal Government to make "junk" healthcare policies illegal.

Author: Stephanie Dalzell
Posted: 20-08-2017

The worst flu season in five years is putting an unprecedented demand on Queensland's ambulances, with a 13 per cent increase in calls to triple-0.

The worst flu season in five years is putting an unprecedented demand on Queensland's ambulances, with a 13 per cent increase in calls to triple-0.

Author: Leonie Mellor
Posted: 20-08-2017

Researchers are developing a computer interface to boost your brain's performance by delivering it an electric shock — and they think eSports gamers will be lining up to get their hands on it.

Researchers are developing a computer interface to boost your brain's performance by delivering it an electric shock — and they think eSports gamers will be lining up to get their hands on it.

Posted: 19-08-2017

When clinical psychologist Professor Nicole Rinehart noticed there were no kids with disabilities at her son's Auskick games, she set about changing things. The results brought tears to one mother's eyes.

When clinical psychologist Professor Nicole Rinehart noticed there were no kids with disabilities at her son's Auskick games, she set about changing things. The results brought tears to one mother's eyes.

Author: Damian McIver
Posted: 19-08-2017

Every day, cancer crashes into the lives of around six young Australians aged 15 to 29. Most survive, but as one young woman's story shows, the path back to 'normal' life can be almost as tough as having cancer itself.

Every day, cancer crashes into the lives of around six young Australians aged 15 to 29. Most survive, but as one young woman's story shows, the path back to 'normal' life can be almost as tough as having cancer itself.

Posted: 19-08-2017

With a 3D-printed mini-laboratory and an app, smartphones are being turned into medical test units for poor and remote areas

With a 3D-printed mini-laboratory and an app, smartphones are being turned into medical test units for poor and remote areas

Author: Bernie Hobbs
Posted: 19-08-2017

An elite para-triathlete is trying to change lives by getting more vision-impaired people out on the road and running.

An elite para-triathlete is trying to change lives by getting more vision-impaired people out on the road and running.

Author: Kathy McLeish
Posted: 18-08-2017

A woman who nearly died at an Adele concert in Adelaide launches a global campaign to raise awareness about severe allergies, after latex balloons that fell from the ceiling sent her into anaphylactic shock.

A woman who nearly died at an Adele concert in Adelaide launches a global campaign to raise awareness about severe allergies, after latex balloons that fell from the ceiling sent her into anaphylactic shock.

Author: Lauren Waldhuter
Posted: 18-08-2017

Cystic fibrosis patients like two-year-old Connor Barrett suffer another blow in the fight for subsidised access to the potentially life-changing drug Orkambi, which carries a $250,000 price tag.

Cystic fibrosis patients like two-year-old Connor Barrett suffer another blow in the fight for subsidised access to the potentially life-changing drug Orkambi, which carries a $250,000 price tag.

Posted: 18-08-2017

Australia may have to stop producing nuclear medicine if it cannot find a central site to dump all of the radioactive rubbish made in the process in the next decade.

Australia may have to stop producing nuclear medicine if it cannot find a central site to dump all of the radioactive rubbish made in the process in the next decade.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: 18-08-2017

More research is needed into the high-speed mobile phone technology before it is rolled out in Australia, an international expert says.

More research is needed into the high-speed mobile phone technology before it is rolled out in Australia, an international expert says.

Author: Isobel Roe
Posted: 18-08-2017
An Australian project is using modern information technology to educated Pacific children about healthy eating.
An Australian project is using modern information technology to educated Pacific children about healthy eating.
Posted: 18-08-2017

The $7 billion tunnel linking the M4 and M5, if approved, would make a trip from western Sydney to the CBD $13 cheaper and 15 kilometres shorter, according to the environmental impact statement.

The $7 billion tunnel linking the M4 and M5, if approved, would make a trip from western Sydney to the CBD $13 cheaper and 15 kilometres shorter, according to the environmental impact statement.

Author: Michelle Brown
Posted: 18-08-2017

In the midst of one of the worst flu seasons on record, supplies of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu are running low in Queensland pharmacies with fresh supplies unlikely to be available until September.

In the midst of one of the worst flu seasons on record, supplies of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu are running low in Queensland pharmacies with fresh supplies unlikely to be available until September.

Posted: 18-08-2017
Their sons were born premature and require around-the-clock care. Now two mothers — one a Republican, one a Democrat — are reaching across the political divide to campaign for better health care for all Americans.
Their sons were born premature and require around-the-clock care. Now two mothers — one a Republican, one a Democrat — are reaching across the political divide to campaign for better health care for all Americans.
Posted: 18-08-2017

Art program sees progress in mental health recovery

Art program sees progress in mental health recovery

Author: Brittany Evins
Posted: 17-08-2017

A survey of trainee doctors does not paint a pretty picture of on-the-job training in New South Wales.

A survey of trainee doctors does not paint a pretty picture of on-the-job training in New South Wales.

Posted: 17-08-2017

Jessica Michot is a Democrat, Angela Lorio is a Republican. Both are desperate to save the federal health funding that is keeping their sons, born prematurely, alive.

Jessica Michot is a Democrat, Angela Lorio is a Republican. Both are desperate to save the federal health funding that is keeping their sons, born prematurely, alive.

Author: Zoe Daniel
Posted: 17-08-2017

A coalition of Australian healthcare organisations says too many patients are being diagnosed with medical conditions that do not pose a threat to them, leading to unnecessary treatments that cause more harm than good.

A coalition of Australian healthcare organisations says too many patients are being diagnosed with medical conditions that do not pose a threat to them, leading to unnecessary treatments that cause more harm than good.

Author: David Coady
Posted: 17-08-2017

New restrictions for people who are found to be drink drivers or problem drinkers will come into effect in the Northern Territory from September 1.

New restrictions for people who are found to be drink drivers or problem drinkers will come into effect in the Northern Territory from September 1.

Author: Jano Gibson
Posted: 17-08-2017

A woman who set herself on fire at an Alice Springs petrol station was released from the town's mental health unit twice and both times tried to self-immolate again, the Northern Territory Coroner hears.

A woman who set herself on fire at an Alice Springs petrol station was released from the town's mental health unit twice and both times tried to self-immolate again, the Northern Territory Coroner hears.

Author: Jacqueline Breen
Posted: 17-08-2017

The NSW auditor-general makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving palliative care services in the state.

The NSW auditor-general makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving palliative care services in the state.

Author: Giselle Wakatama
Posted: 17-08-2017
The Australian government has announced a 7.7 million dollar partnership between the Eliminate Dengue Program and Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati.
The Australian government has announced a 7.7 million dollar partnership between the Eliminate Dengue Program and Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati.
Posted: 17-08-2017

An enraged group of protesters in the western Riverina heckles NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, telling her "we are desperate" and demanding a new Griffith Base Hospital.

An enraged group of protesters in the western Riverina heckles NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, telling her "we are desperate" and demanding a new Griffith Base Hospital.

Author: Antigone Anagnostellis
Posted: 17-08-2017

Wayne Ball says he needed to have his leg amputated after a botched knee replacement by a specialist left him with a severe infection and other complications.

Wayne Ball says he needed to have his leg amputated after a botched knee replacement by a specialist left him with a severe infection and other complications.

Posted: 17-08-2017
A novel treatment which can help children overcome peanut allergies can provide relief from reactions for up to four years, Australian researchers say
A novel treatment which can help children overcome peanut allergies can provide relief from reactions for up to four years, Australian researchers say
Posted: 17-08-2017

The ACT Government is unable to commit to a timeframe for when flammable cladding discovered on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children will be removed.

The ACT Government is unable to commit to a timeframe for when flammable cladding discovered on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children will be removed.

Posted: 17-08-2017

Paul Pritchard - left partially paralysed after a climbing accident that nearly killed him - is combining his abilities with friends' strengths to ride 2000 kilometres from Lake Eyre to Mt Kosciuszko.

Paul Pritchard - left partially paralysed after a climbing accident that nearly killed him - is combining his abilities with friends' strengths to ride 2000 kilometres from Lake Eyre to Mt Kosciuszko.

Author: Felicity Ogilvie
Posted: 16-08-2017

The last Question Time of the parliamentary fortnight took an unexpected twist when Pauline Hanson turned up in the Senate wearing a burka. Look back over our live blog to see how things unfolded.

The last Question Time of the parliamentary fortnight took an unexpected twist when Pauline Hanson turned up in the Senate wearing a burka. Look back over our live blog to see how things unfolded.

Posted: 16-08-2017

Parents of children with peanut allergies can breathe a sigh of relief after a treatment was found to stop reactions in 70 per cent of children after a four-year period.

Parents of children with peanut allergies can breathe a sigh of relief after a treatment was found to stop reactions in 70 per cent of children after a four-year period.

Author: Sophie Scott And James Oaten
Posted: 16-08-2017

A bill to increase the Medicare levy and raise $8 billion to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be introduced to Parliament today.

A bill to increase the Medicare levy and raise $8 billion to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be introduced to Parliament today.

Author: Caitlyn Gribbin
Posted: 16-08-2017

Doctors and patients say they are frustrated at the difficulties of getting hold of legal medicinal cannabis, with reports that some people are being driven to the black market in search for the drug.

Doctors and patients say they are frustrated at the difficulties of getting hold of legal medicinal cannabis, with reports that some people are being driven to the black market in search for the drug.

Author: David Lipson
Posted: 16-08-2017

Tens of thousands of extra patients are forecast to present at WA emergency departments under Federal Government plans to overhaul Medicare, says the peak body representing after-hours GPs.

Tens of thousands of extra patients are forecast to present at WA emergency departments under Federal Government plans to overhaul Medicare, says the peak body representing after-hours GPs.

Author: Michaela Carr
Posted: 15-08-2017
Posted: 15-08-2017

A photographer and former aged care worker is helping people with dementia choose their own front door to help them with recognition.

A photographer and former aged care worker is helping people with dementia choose their own front door to help them with recognition.

Author: Larissa Romensky
Posted: 15-08-2017
Posted: 15-08-2017

It turns out the ubiquity of online dating apps, among other things, is influencing more than just our dating game — it's thought to be a factor behind the rise of STIs.

It turns out the ubiquity of online dating apps, among other things, is influencing more than just our dating game — it's thought to be a factor behind the rise of STIs.

Posted: 15-08-2017

Tom Monagle was 19 when he was sexually abused by a neurologist in a Melbourne consultation room. He's one of 52 men who have settled with the doctor's estate.

Tom Monagle was 19 when he was sexually abused by a neurologist in a Melbourne consultation room. He's one of 52 men who have settled with the doctor's estate.

Author: Ashlynne McGhee
Posted: 15-08-2017

Peculiarly phrased emails between gynaecologists show the unhelpful attitudes towards the use of surgical mesh to treat pelvic problems in women after childbirth.

Peculiarly phrased emails between gynaecologists show the unhelpful attitudes towards the use of surgical mesh to treat pelvic problems in women after childbirth.

Author: Sophie Scott And Alison Branley
Posted: 15-08-2017

Queensland Health declares the worst flu season in the past five years, as the number of cases doubles in two weeks and experts warn that number could continue to grow.

Queensland Health declares the worst flu season in the past five years, as the number of cases doubles in two weeks and experts warn that number could continue to grow.

Author: Isobel Roe
Posted: 15-08-2017

A new initiative in north west Victoria is hoping to make it easier for disadvantaged people to access legal support.

A new initiative in north west Victoria is hoping to make it easier for disadvantaged people to access legal support.

Author: Kellie Hollingworth
Posted: 15-08-2017
Posted: 15-08-2017
Two women standing outside Sunraysia Community Health Services, where Victoria Legal Aid has an office
Two women standing outside Sunraysia Community Health Services, where Victoria Legal Aid has an office
Posted: 15-08-2017

If you're still feeling like your legs are made of lead a couple of days after running the City2Surf, you're not alone. The race winner shares her tips on how to recover.

If you're still feeling like your legs are made of lead a couple of days after running the City2Surf, you're not alone. The race winner shares her tips on how to recover.

Author: Amanda Hoh
Posted: 14-08-2017