Health minister Sussan Ley announcing the government would maintain the Medicare rebate freeze but ditch the co-payment.
Doctors groups have warned the Coalition government's plan to maintain the Medicare rebate freeze will means patients will have to pay more for medical services.
Doctors recommend drugs and surgery for most diseases but exercise may actually be a better answer for obesity.
Most of us know that obesity is a growing problem across the globe but would you call it a disease? While it may seem like a semantic debate, it is actually a serious issue with major implications.
Ross River is most common in adults aged 25 to 45 years.
About one in five people infected with Ross River virus develop symptoms, which start two to 19 days after being bitten.
Gender dysphoria is when a person’s subjectively felt gender is incongruent with her or his biological sex.
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The legal steps they're required to take for gender dysphoria treatment places an unnecessary burden on children and their families.
Smartphones allow users to access help, information, or support anonymously and privately.
For every woman who reports domestic abuse, many more remain silent through fear, shame or simply because they don’t know who to turn to. But new digital programs could help.
Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced that the government is abandoning its plan to introduce a co-payment for GP visits.
Finally abandoned on March 3, 2015, the GP co-payment has been something of an albatross around the Coalition government's neck. Here are some highlights from the 14-month old policy's short life.
Families share genes but that doesn’t mean no individual in a family should be accorded privacy about their genetic tests.
When a family member dies from a disease caused by a genetic mutation, doctors have to decide whether to share the deceased person's test results with the rest of the family.
One in ten women worldwide are thought to have endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis say it affects their whole life, but they receive little support for managing this condition, which doesn't have a cure or a treatment regime without nasty side effects.
If you’re not regularly active, extreme exercise and exercise in extreme heat is unwise.
Exercise alone can be hard, but exercising in the heat is a whole lot harder. Put simply, this is due to the balance between how much heat the body generates and how much it is capable of losing.
Viral mutation, or ‘genetic drift’, could impact the viability of some drugs being developed to combat Ebola.
Scientists around the world are trying to develop effective treatments for Ebola infection. But a process of viral mutation, known as "genetic drift", could potentially compromise their efforts.
In That Sugar Film, Australian actor Damon Gameau eats food containing the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar every day for 60 days.
In the tradition of the classic food-binging film Super Size Me, comes a public self-experiment showing eating too much sugar and highly-processed foods is not so good for us. But is it any good?
Removing the childcare rebate for parents who do not fully immunise their children is unnecessarily punitive and could have repercussions.
Immunisation in Australia isn't compulsory – and doesn't need to be controversial. Most Australians recognise the incredible benefits that vaccination provides to prevent serious disease.
Unclear and sometimes misleading country-of-origin labelling in Australia is a source of confusion for consumers.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called on two ministers to prepare a cabinet submission about country-of-origin food labelling despite initial reluctance about change.
Older adults have less deep sleep than younger people and it’s more easily interrupted.
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By learning to become more aware of present-moment experiences, we learn not to react to thoughts and worries that can interfere with sleep.
Independent medical assessments can exacerbate poor health in those with already complex health conditions.
Tightening of eligibility requirements for the disability support pension started before today's release of the McClure report. And the government is already on the wrong track.
Research suggests that sunlight may have benefits that we have not yet discovered.
Summer sunshine makes most of us feel better, but there may be more to the benefits than just feeling good.
Only 3% of elderly people know how to access health-related information.
With more health information going online, it has never been easier to proactively manage our health. Problem is, the people who would benefit the most are using it the least.
Limited attention has been given to efforts aiming to reduce alcohol-related intimate partner violence by reducing harmful drinking.
By mapping alcohol’s role in domestic violence, a report published today lifts the lid on the plight of numerous Australian adults and children whose lives are negatively affected by a family member with…
Threadworm infection is common but it’s often asymptomatic.
Intestinal worms (or helminths) are multicellular parasites that live inside the gut. When mature, they can generally be seen with the naked eye. In developing countries with poor sanitation, the most…
Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan inside a holding cell as they wait for their final appeal against the death sentence at Denpasar District Court in Bali, Indonesia in 2010.
Ideas about drug use that are used to justify the death penalty for smuggling don't hold up under scrutiny.
We need pain to provide a contrast for pleasure.
The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximising pleasure and minimising pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different.
Imported frozen berries have been linked to several hepatitis A infections.
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School students in Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland are the latest group thought to have eaten frozen berries linked to hepatitis A, which has now infected 14 people nationally. All food-borne…
Deprivation and trauma and early childhood can affect the developing brain.
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Many asylum seekers, including children, have experienced conflict, family separation and significant human rights violations. So how does immigration detention affect their mental health?
For exposed skin, there really isn’t an alternative to topical insect repellents.
Mosquitoes need blood to survive. And what better place to get a good meal than a slow, tasty human. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying. Every year around 5,000 Australians get sick following a mosquito bite…
Avoiding peanuts is currently the only way to prevent allergic reactions.
Rates of food allergies have increased over recent decades and are at an all-time high. While we don’t know the full extent of the allergy epidemic, the rate of hospitalisation for food allergies has quadrupled…