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Everyone was up in arms about a lack of privacy with My Health Records, but the privacy is the same for other types of patient data. from www.shutterstock.com

If privacy is increasing for My Health Record data, it should apply to all medical records

New laws mean My Health Record data is more protected than other patient data. Privacy policies should be the same across the board.
Previous reviews into aged care have come up with findings sure to be repeated in the royal commission. rawpixel unsplash

We’ve had 20 aged care reviews in 20 years – will the royal commission be any different?

Four Corners this week revealed understaffing and poor staff training in aged care. These issues have also been found in previous reviews into aged care.
There are many pharmacological options available for insomnia. But they will mostly make you reliant upon them for sleep. from www.shutterstock.com

I can’t sleep. What drugs can I (safely) take?

With so many different types out there, it's hard to know what sleep medications are safe to use. Here's a guide.
Medicine shortages occur too often in Australia, which is reliant on the global supply chain. from shutterstock.com

New law won’t safeguard medicine supply – it’ll only ensure we know there’s a shortage

Recently passed legislation will ensure pharmaceutical companies report shortages of medicines. This is only about notifications. It won't prevent medicine shortages themselves.
Knee arthroscopy requires admission to hospital and an anaesthetic. It carries some risk of harm such as infection or further damage in the joint. from shutterstock.com

Needless procedures: knee arthroscopy is one of the most common but least effective surgeries

Doctors tend to overestimate how good their treatments are and underestimate the harms that come from them. But many studies have shown knee arthroscopy to no more effective than fake surgery.
Conflict, and not the separation itself, is a greater predictor of how children will fare post-divorce. from www.shutterstock.com

How will my divorce affect my kids?

Most parents worry how their child will fare after divorce. Most will be fine, so long as they don't witness conflict.