Listeria: are you being served?

Listeria is potentially fatal and one in three Australians are either at risk of getting the infection or live in a household with someone at risk. “This means it’s likely that some of your Christmas guests may be at risk of listeria infection which, although a comparatively rare form of illness, can be very serious,” […]

Take three tips with travel

With many Australians travelling to see relatives during the summer, this is a good time for pharmacists to be educating customers on safe travel with medicines, according to Webstercare Managing Director Gerard Stevens. He has provided three tips aimed at giving customers peace of mind regarding their medications this holiday season. The following are among […]

Choosing Wisely: six recommendations

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has issued six recommendations on what not to do when dealing with the issue of multiple medicines and complementary medicines including homeopathy. The PSA’s inaugural Choosing Wisely list of recommendations for Australians to consider around medicines use is intended to reduce medication misadventure with about 230,000 Australians admitted to […]

Atlas: Too much, too little, too soon

Healthcare use in four clinical areas is widely varied across Australia with patterns of medicine use also showing disparity. The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation Report has highlighted medicine use for common groups of medicines in Australia as cause for concern – in particular, overuse of antibiotics in children and antipsychotics in those over 65. […]

$110m for eating disorders

Patients with severe eating disorders can access a pool of $110 million for the first time for a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare. “It is $110 million investment but above all else it is about providing the services for each person when they need it, where they need it for the first time on any […]

Avoid unnecessary scans: NPS

Having an X-ray, CT or MRI scan usually won’t change a treatment for low back pain, and movement is the best medicine, with the pain usually easing within four to six weeks. These messages are part of a new education program on low back pain from NPS MedicineWise, promoting that “less is more” when it […]

RSV vaccine for infants

New research suggests a maternal vaccination against respiratory syncytial viral (RSV) should be augmented with active immunisation in a child’s first two years to reduce the onset of asthma. Infants who contract severe RSV disease after the age of six months are twice as likely to develop severe asthma in later years than babies who […]

Unhealthy confusion

Two thirds of Australians are potentially putting their health at risk by delaying seeking treatment due to cost, according to a new survey. The national survey of 1,000 Australian men and women aged 18 to 64, conducted by Galaxy Research and commissioned by Tender Healthcare, found that 86 per cent of surveyed Australians felt confused […]

New Victorian Minister for Health

Jenny Mikakos has been appointed as the new Minister for Health in the returned Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley was returned and immediately urged ministers to consider improving access to healthcare in Victoria by taking full advantage of the flexible and highly trained pharmacist workforce. Pharmacy Society of Australia (PSA) Victorian […]

‘Massive disconnect’ in our wellness: Swisse survey

The inaugural Swisse Wellness Survey highlights the “massive disconnect” between perceptions and reality for most Australians on three key indicators of good health – movement, nutrition and mental health. The survey in partnership with Nielsen hopes to gain a deeper understanding of Australians health perceptions, behaviours, barriers and information sourcing. The survey found that 72 […]