With more than 850 changes to Medicare on the cards, the system needs time to adjust. Hasty implementation may mean patients face higher gap fees.
History tells us the public will tolerate risk of harm from a vaccine if their fear of the disease exceeds their fear of the vaccine.
Our research found personalised nutrition advice, compared to usual dietary advice, helped adults to eat healthier.
Both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines still work relatively well against it — though only after the second dose.
While we don't know exactly what causes it yet, there are a few leading theories put forward by researchers around the world.
We've learnt two cases linked to Melbourne's COVID outbreak were in fact 'false positives'. Here's what that means, why it can happen, and how common it is.
We can learn from how the Howard Springs quarantine facility in the Northern Territory works when planning Victoria’s new hub.
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We have the chance to build a world class, dedicated quarantine facility. Here's how we could do it.
COVID treatment guidelines in India specify higher doses of steroids than other countries, which could be to blame for the rise in mucormycosis or "black fungus".
Who's a good doggie? Sniffer dogs might one day be able to screen people for COVID-19 in large crowds. But not when they're hungry or need a good lie down.
Chance matters. It's unlikely Victoria is doing anything that 'makes us' more likely to have outbreaks leading to lockdowns.
From the things you choose to focus on, to the support you seek from others, to the way you look after your physical health — these coping strategies could help you through Melbourne's latest lockdown.
Recent commentary has suggested transport, age, jobs, migrant population and other factors among the reasons that may help explain the difference. What does the data say?
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People are not more likely now to get infected by brushing past someone on the street. We're just better at finding links between cases.
The government says hotel quarantine is 'serving Australia very well'. But if you look at the leaks as a proportion of COVID-positive returnees, it's a different story.
Age and education level are the main factors associated with vaccine hesitancy. While this affects Māori and Pacific communities, basic access to health care and information is more important.
The infection of a Victorian aged-worker who had received their first COVID vaccine dose isn't completely surprising. We need two doses for optimal protection.
If new incentives don't work, mandatory policies may be the only way forward in ensuring high COVID vaccine coverage of staff.
Induction of labour can be life-saving in some situations. But women are increasingly induced for non-medical reasons, and earlier in their pregnancies.
This treatment would work by targeting the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself and stopping it in its tracks. The evidence we have so far is promising, but it's still very early days.
The key is to avoid lip balms that contain certain additives which might worsen the problem. Instead, try balms that are bland and don't contain flavours, fragrances and colours.
One study found antibody levels were significantly higher in people who received one dose of AstraZeneca then a Pfizer booster dose.
It's an absolute priority we find and use ways to support kids to continue face-to-face learning in times of low community transmission, especially primary schools.
When the weather outside is very hot, it can make us feel really unhappy. Here's why.
Nurse practitioners can be the missing link between homeless children, housing services and schools, our study shows.
We want to get everybody vaccinated. Opening up to younger age groups could be one way to speed things up — but it will come with logistical challenges too.