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Up to one in three Australian women have an abortion in their lifetime, but few speak openly about it. Emily Steel couldn't stay silent.
A team of international health experts has accused the medical fraternity of "mismanaging" back pain and providing "ineffective and harmful" treatments.
Human placenta extract, counterfeit anti-wrinkle injectables and Chinese iodine have all been seized in a series of recent raids targeting dodgy beauty salons and back-alley clinics.
Hospital patients need better communication from doctors and it can start with the often alienating procedure of the morning ward rounds, writes Ben Bravery, former cancer patient and now medical student.
The cost of HIV-prevention drug PrEP will be slashed, with the final hurdle now cleared for adding it to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
It's not just chewy lollies and fizzy soft drinks that are enemies of your pearly whites. Some of the foods and drinks that can cause trouble for your teeth will probably surprise you.
A professor working to make drinking water safer in remote regions believes he is making slow but worthwhile progress to change behaviours.
A class action for Australians affected by the listeria outbreak in rockmelons is likely, according to a United States legal expert who has been involved in food safety cases around the world.
Unveiling a long-awaited plan to combat America's opioid drug addiction crisis, US President Donald Trump calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, saying "this isn't about nice anymore".
A case where a woman with dementia was able to take out $100,000, and another where $60,000 was withdrawn to fund a gambling binge are among seven instances of suspected financial abuse in Darwin in just five months.
A case of mistaken identity by the Australian Tax Office has put the disability support pension payments for a man with autism in jeopardy and thrust his family into a bureaucratic battle.
The federal Health Department's advice around a potentially toxic firefighting foam should include evidence it could cause adverse health effects, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians says, amid concerns the current guidelines are "confusing".
The country's first comprehensive dental health report card has found some pretty gross stats: 90 per cent of adults have some form of tooth decay, almost three-quarters of children eat too much sugar, and one-quarter of teens have not had a dental check-up in 12 months.
Rockmelons on the shelf are now safe to eat, but symptoms of listeria infection can take between eight and 90 days to appear.
Most Australians still do not know when they should put on sunscreen, despite millions of dollars spent over three decades promoting the "slip, slop, slap" sun awareness campaign, research reveals.
The ACT Greens are calling for Canberra women to be able to order the abortion pill over the phone or through their GP — a service already available in most of the country.
Australian scientists use stem cells to create human eye lens cells, and then grow them into eye lenses, giving hope to children with cataracts.
People lighting up a cigarette in a dimly-lit restaurant is a scene almost unimaginable in Australia these days, but it's one that plays out in many restaurants in Japan because there are no national laws to prevent smoking indoors.
Some Canberra cafes and restaurants are going five years without an inspection, while a chicken shop that closed due to critical public safety breaches has not been audited since November 2016, freedom of information documents reveal.
A mother who took her baby to an Ed Sheeran concert in Adelaide for free is furious a mum in Brisbane has been told she'll need a ticket for her four-month-old to attend his sold-out show.
Many survivors of the forgotten disease of polio are facing a terrifying battle against a resurgence of symptoms decades after infection.
Making new friends is hard — especially when you're older, a bit anxious and unable to move around easily. Now a ground-breaking virtual reality program is helping older Australians connect, and share memories from long ago.
Some sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Western Australia, with Aboriginal communities in the north hit particularly hard by a syphilis outbreak.
Beachgoers at Bondi share the sunshine and sand with a different kind of tourist — about 40 cattle, brought to the city to raise awareness about the challenges around organ transplants in regional areas.
Kirsty McDonald thought it would be OK to bring her four-month-old breastfeeding son to one of Ed Sheeran's upcoming concerts. But she's been told by Ticketek "there is no free on the knee" for the sold-out event.
A new video shot secretly by paramedics in the Royal Hobart Hospital shows patients awaiting admission on ambulance stretchers in corridors.
Queensland's coroner agrees to investigate the death of a Gold Coast teenager who died just days after attempting to seek mental health help at a local hospital.
Platypuses are, plainly put, oddly shaped. Now it seems an unusual ringlet-shaped protein in their milk could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs.
An internal review into the alleged rape of a toddler in Tennant Creek finds child protection services lacked oversight and coordination in its handling of the case, with police having made 16 notifications about the child's relatives to Territory Families.
The Cancer Council is warning people not to believe everything you read online as cancer myths flourish online.
A Victorian man in his 80s becomes the fifth person to die in a listeria outbreak after eating contaminated rockmelons.
An environment medicine specialist questions federal advice given to residents in the NT town of Katherine to not drink bore water and to avoid eating local fish while the Defence Force continues to say there are no health effects from PFAS chemicals.
Amy Dawes wants forceps during childbirth banned after the instruments caused severe injuries that still impact her life, but the Australian Medical Association says that could cause more grief for mothers and babies.
Alice Springs Women's Shelter adopts the global #MeToo campaign, highlighting the record levels of sexual assault and violence central Australian women live with on a daily basis.
When a Queensland father asked a doctor if he could keep giving his daughter cannabis in hospital, the consultant replied "it's fine as long as you get the dosing right", a recording obtained by the ABC shows.