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Although it may appear you're "switching off" when you fall asleep, the brain is far from inactive. Sleep is more important for our brains than you may realise.

Although it may appear you're "switching off" when you fall asleep, the brain is far from inactive. Sleep is more important for our brains than you may realise.

Posted: 18-10-2017

The rollout of the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme will be delayed and migrants might be needed to plug workforce gaps, the biggest ever review of the scheme predicts.

The rollout of the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme will be delayed and migrants might be needed to plug workforce gaps, the biggest ever review of the scheme predicts.

Author: Dan Conifer
Posted: 18-10-2017

The Imanpa community clinic was closed last month, but a day after it reopened staff were moved almost 200km away because they "didn't feel safe" amid local family feuding and sorry business.

The Imanpa community clinic was closed last month, but a day after it reopened staff were moved almost 200km away because they "didn't feel safe" amid local family feuding and sorry business.

Author: Claire Campbell
Posted: 18-10-2017
A portable tent hospital has helped a New Zealand medical team achieve an international standard for emergency healthcare.
A portable tent hospital has helped a New Zealand medical team achieve an international standard for emergency healthcare.
Posted: 18-10-2017

Most of the health messages we hear are about making sure we drink enough water, especially in hot weather, when you've had a tummy bug or when you're exercising. But how much is the right amount, and is it possible to drink too much?

Most of the health messages we hear are about making sure we drink enough water, especially in hot weather, when you've had a tummy bug or when you're exercising. But how much is the right amount, and is it possible to drink too much?

Author: James Bullen
Posted: 18-10-2017

Call for more palliative care workers

Call for more palliative care workers

Posted: 18-10-2017

The Government's plan to give health insurance discounts to young people implies they are driving up costs. But the latest changes won't affect the cost of premiums, writes Peter Sivey.

The Government's plan to give health insurance discounts to young people implies they are driving up costs. But the latest changes won't affect the cost of premiums, writes Peter Sivey.

Posted: 18-10-2017

The Australian Medical Association apologises to the Victorian Premier and Minster for Health after its national president tweeted that the intellectual case for legalising euthanasia was "bankrupt", and laws should not be changed because "powerful people see [a] parent die".

The Australian Medical Association apologises to the Victorian Premier and Minster for Health after its national president tweeted that the intellectual case for legalising euthanasia was "bankrupt", and laws should not be changed because "powerful people see [a] parent die".

Author: Stephanie Chalkley-Rhoden
Posted: 18-10-2017

People with disabilities will soon get face-to-face help — instead of phone calls — to plan their NDIS packages after the scheme received widespread condemnation over a lack of proper consultation.

People with disabilities will soon get face-to-face help — instead of phone calls — to plan their NDIS packages after the scheme received widespread condemnation over a lack of proper consultation.

Author: Dan Conifer
Posted: 18-10-2017

Edie Mayhew was diagnosed with younger onset dementia in 2010. She's been paired with a white labrador called Melvin as part of a new Australian-first study into how dogs can assist people with the disease.

Edie Mayhew was diagnosed with younger onset dementia in 2010. She's been paired with a white labrador called Melvin as part of a new Australian-first study into how dogs can assist people with the disease.

Author: Jonathan Hair
Posted: 17-10-2017
The global healthcare provider SOS International say they're establishing public-private partnerships in several countries, including Papua New Guinea, to meet new demands in medicine and health provision.
The global healthcare provider SOS International say they're establishing public-private partnerships in several countries, including Papua New Guinea, to meet new demands in medicine and health provision.
Posted: 17-10-2017

Outpatient radiology services at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will not be outsourced as was previously planned, following a backlash from health workers.

Outpatient radiology services at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will not be outsourced as was previously planned, following a backlash from health workers.

Author: Leah MacLennan
Posted: 17-10-2017
An agriculture conference is underway in Vanuatu this week and it might surprise some to hear that it's aimed not just at improving the farming practices of Pacific Islanders but also their health. The organisers say the region's high rate of non-communicable diseases is directly linked to a shift away from traditional produce towards imported processed foods. Eriko Hibi is the Regional Coordinator for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation. She's attending the conference and says that even farming families are choosing cheaper processed food from miles away.
An agriculture conference is underway in Vanuatu this week and it might surprise some to hear that it's aimed not just at improving the farming practices of Pacific Islanders but also their health. The organisers say the region's high rate of non-communicable diseases is directly linked to a shift away from traditional produce towards imported processed foods. Eriko Hibi is the Regional Coordinator for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation. She's attending the conference and says that even farming families are choosing cheaper processed food from miles away.
Posted: 17-10-2017

Tobacco lobbyist Patrick Muttart says he'd be bored working in a job that was free of controversy. His new challenge? Convincing the Federal Government of the benefit of e-cigarettes.

Tobacco lobbyist Patrick Muttart says he'd be bored working in a job that was free of controversy. His new challenge? Convincing the Federal Government of the benefit of e-cigarettes.

Posted: 17-10-2017
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Posted: 17-10-2017

Men are resorting to drastic measures to live up to an unrealistic body-image ideal with pornography fuelling their desire for perfection, says new research.

Men are resorting to drastic measures to live up to an unrealistic body-image ideal with pornography fuelling their desire for perfection, says new research.

Author: Larissa Romensky
Posted: 17-10-2017
Posted: 17-10-2017

Health experts are cautioning asthma patients not to rely solely on reliever medications, saying people who choose to only treat symptoms as they arise without also treating the underlying condition run a "very real risk of winding up in hospital".

Health experts are cautioning asthma patients not to rely solely on reliever medications, saying people who choose to only treat symptoms as they arise without also treating the underlying condition run a "very real risk of winding up in hospital".

Author: Sophie Scott
Posted: 16-10-2017

Jimmy Barnes speaks on Q&A about his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, "staring into the abyss", and the frightening moment in an Auckland hotel room which forced him to reassess the trajectory of his life.

Jimmy Barnes speaks on Q&A about his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, "staring into the abyss", and the frightening moment in an Auckland hotel room which forced him to reassess the trajectory of his life.

Author: Dan Colasimone
Posted: 16-10-2017

Have you heard of a heat hangover? Some experts think you might have suffered one without even realising.

Have you heard of a heat hangover? Some experts think you might have suffered one without even realising.

Author: Jesse Thompson
Posted: 16-10-2017

Limited leg space on some commercial flights could be preventing passengers from properly bracing for impact in a plane crash, a researcher says.

Limited leg space on some commercial flights could be preventing passengers from properly bracing for impact in a plane crash, a researcher says.

Author: Sophie Kesteven
Posted: 16-10-2017

Doctors are seeing an alarming spike in the number of young people using "nangs" — small canisters of nitrous oxide gas designed for whipping cream that can cause brain damage and death.

Doctors are seeing an alarming spike in the number of young people using "nangs" — small canisters of nitrous oxide gas designed for whipping cream that can cause brain damage and death.

Author: James Thomas
Posted: 16-10-2017
This Tunley braille globe is being digitised at the State Library. It's a fascinating learning tool for vision impaired children that was invented in Queensland.
This Tunley braille globe is being digitised at the State Library. It's a fascinating learning tool for vision impaired children that was invented in Queensland.
Posted: 16-10-2017

Queensland men aged over 55 are the leading demographic for skin cancer and cases in the state are nearly twice the national average, new research finds.

Queensland men aged over 55 are the leading demographic for skin cancer and cases in the state are nearly twice the national average, new research finds.

Author: Isobel Roe And Andree Withey
Posted: 16-10-2017

Wheelchair user Sam Connor says she can't access the offices of 15 MPs, including Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop's — and fed up of feeling like a second-class citizen, she has taken the matter to the Human Rights Commission.

Wheelchair user Sam Connor says she can't access the offices of 15 MPs, including Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop's — and fed up of feeling like a second-class citizen, she has taken the matter to the Human Rights Commission.

Author: Rebecca Carmody
Posted: 15-10-2017

Last week as I pulled a complete stranger from the surf, his heart stopped beating. But what happened next restored my faith in humanity.

Last week as I pulled a complete stranger from the surf, his heart stopped beating. But what happened next restored my faith in humanity.

Author: Craig Allen
Posted: 15-10-2017

The scientific message is finally starting to beat dangerous "myth-making", the Victorian Government says, as the state achieves its best ever immunisation coverage, with 94.9 per cent of five-year-olds up to date with their vaccinations.

The scientific message is finally starting to beat dangerous "myth-making", the Victorian Government says, as the state achieves its best ever immunisation coverage, with 94.9 per cent of five-year-olds up to date with their vaccinations.

Posted: 14-10-2017

Think everyone else is having sex, when you'd rather have a quiet night watching TV? You're not alone.

Think everyone else is having sex, when you'd rather have a quiet night watching TV? You're not alone.

Author: Kathryn Perrott
Posted: 14-10-2017

When Vianne Brain lost her newborn baby, there were no quiet moments of last loving cuddles or valuable opportunities to make special memories or create mementos.

When Vianne Brain lost her newborn baby, there were no quiet moments of last loving cuddles or valuable opportunities to make special memories or create mementos.

Author: Judy Adair
Posted: 14-10-2017

New research finds common chemicals used in cleaning products, foods, cosmetics and plastic containers could be impacting fertility in both men and women.

New research finds common chemicals used in cleaning products, foods, cosmetics and plastic containers could be impacting fertility in both men and women.

Posted: 14-10-2017

Tasmania's mental health sector believes a shift in focus to community based care is needed to lower the rate of hospital admissions for people with mental illness symptoms.

Tasmania's mental health sector believes a shift in focus to community based care is needed to lower the rate of hospital admissions for people with mental illness symptoms.

Posted: 13-10-2017

The lycra-clad crowd that rolls into a coffee shop for a post-ride caffeine hit is usually dominated by men — but thanks to cyclists like Natalia de Clercq, women are increasingly taking their place in the coffee queue.

The lycra-clad crowd that rolls into a coffee shop for a post-ride caffeine hit is usually dominated by men — but thanks to cyclists like Natalia de Clercq, women are increasingly taking their place in the coffee queue.

Author: Eliza Buzacott-Speer
Posted: 13-10-2017

Gambling is addictive because it pushes all the right psychological buttons. Here's how the hard-wired allure of "the zone" works.

Gambling is addictive because it pushes all the right psychological buttons. Here's how the hard-wired allure of "the zone" works.

Posted: 13-10-2017

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at weakening Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act. Shortly after, he delivered another blow.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at weakening Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act. Shortly after, he delivered another blow.

Posted: 13-10-2017

You've probably been warned about avoiding black cats, walking under ladders, or breaking mirrors. And if you think dreading today's date is a silly superstition, talk to staff in an emergency ward.

You've probably been warned about avoiding black cats, walking under ladders, or breaking mirrors. And if you think dreading today's date is a silly superstition, talk to staff in an emergency ward.

Author: Olivia Willis
Posted: 13-10-2017
Mark Wales makes roo-skin leather jackets
Mark Wales makes roo-skin leather jackets
Posted: 12-10-2017

"But you look so good and so healthy," people say. I don't look like the stereotype of a cancer patient, but there's no cure, writes Elaine George.

"But you look so good and so healthy," people say. I don't look like the stereotype of a cancer patient, but there's no cure, writes Elaine George.

Posted: 12-10-2017
Young people say any discount would help them afford health insurance, but not everyone is convinced it is necessary.
Young people say any discount would help them afford health insurance, but not everyone is convinced it is necessary.
Posted: 12-10-2017
Young people have many reasons for having or not having health insurance, but agree that cheaper would be better.
Young people have many reasons for having or not having health insurance, but agree that cheaper would be better.
Posted: 12-10-2017

A world-first medicinal cannabis research centre will help users like Ben Oakley who have to resort to the black market to find relief.

A world-first medicinal cannabis research centre will help users like Ben Oakley who have to resort to the black market to find relief.

Posted: 12-10-2017

If you're in your 20s and have been tossing up whether or not to buy private health insurance, take a look at what the Government's proposed shake-up could do for you.

If you're in your 20s and have been tossing up whether or not to buy private health insurance, take a look at what the Government's proposed shake-up could do for you.

Posted: 12-10-2017

While it seems counter intuitive that your nose runs in cold weather, it helps ensure the air you breathe becomes warm and wet before it reaches the lungs.

While it seems counter intuitive that your nose runs in cold weather, it helps ensure the air you breathe becomes warm and wet before it reaches the lungs.

Posted: 12-10-2017

Young Australians are being targeted in the biggest overhaul of private health insurance in decades, with premium discounts on the cards and a big focus on mental health.

Young Australians are being targeted in the biggest overhaul of private health insurance in decades, with premium discounts on the cards and a big focus on mental health.

Author: Andrew Probyn
Posted: 12-10-2017

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has backed out of a contract with an Israeli defence company, indefinitely delaying the construction of an Australia-first flight simulator.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has backed out of a contract with an Israeli defence company, indefinitely delaying the construction of an Australia-first flight simulator.

Author: Avani Dias
Posted: 11-10-2017

People at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer will be offered free BRCA 1 and 2 genetic testing, with the Medical Services Advisory Committee deciding to list the test on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

People at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer will be offered free BRCA 1 and 2 genetic testing, with the Medical Services Advisory Committee deciding to list the test on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Author: Sophie Scott
Posted: 11-10-2017