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Homebirth in too-hard basket

Government inaction and insurance are two roadblocks in the way of private practice midwives, writes Joy Johnston. On May 10 an Australian Greens senator, Lee Rhiannon, drew attention to serious obstructions to maternity reform when announcing the passage in the ...

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Concern at SA homebirth reporting

Midwives are concerned a recommendation to report all high risk homebirths will push the practice underground, Darren Mara reports. The Australian College of Midwives has expressed “grave concern” over calls by the South Australian deputy coroner for mandatory reporting by ...

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Men’s health in focus

Indigenous men and those living in rural areas have poorer health outcomes, AIHW analysis shows certain groups of Australian men are at higher risk of poor health than others, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and ...

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Advances to ovarian cancer treatment

Promising Australian research could lead to improved ovarian cancer management and prevention strategies, say researchers. A large study of Australian ovarian cancer patients has the potential to reshape the way the disease is treated, researchers say. The Peter MacCallum Cancer ...

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Mental health experts debate child screening

Concerns of false diagnosis and overmedicating young children have been raised ahead of a national rollout of a program to test three-year-olds for social and emotional issues. Mental Health Minister Mark Butler says safeguards are needed to ensure the government's ...

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Push to save young lives

A landmark report on youth suicide in the Northern Territory calls for better training of nurses in indigenous and mental health to help turn around the alarming statistics, writes Darren Marra. Mental health care groups have welcomed a report into ...

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You are what your mother eats

Poor nutrition during pregnancy can have long-lasting effects into an infant’s adult life, write Shelley Wilkinson, Susan de Jersey and Jane Karpavicius. Have you heard the saying: “If there was one time I didn’t need to watch my weight or ...

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Countering incontinence with patience

Understanding cultural differences is important when dealing with older people from different ethnic backgrounds. By Cathy Wever. When providing community care to an elderly Arabic woman whose daughter was struggling to manage her incontinence, Lana Belleville from Just Better Care, ...

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Aboriginal babies miss out on home visits

Vulnerable families are slipping through the cracks in nursing support for newborns, study suggests. Aboriginal babies are missing out on nurses' visits under a program designed to support disadvantaged NSW families, a new study has found. Under the state government's ...

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