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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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Ideology a healthy starting point

There is much Australia can learn from other post-colonial societies when it comes to ‘closing the gap’ in indigenous health, writes Dominic O’Sullivan. While post-colonial societies like Canada and New Zealand have significantly ‘closed the gap’ in indigenous health, in ...

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Three-year trial of specialist role

A trial of prostate cancer nurses may lead to a national roll-out of the support carers, writes Julie Sykes. For men and their families, a diagnosis of prostate cancer can lead to great uncertainty. Men not only face the prospect ...

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Men embracing alternative therapies

Male interest in complementary medicines while receiving conventional cancer treatment is growing, new research has found. By Linda Belardi. Men with cancer are increasingly turning to complementary and alternative medicine –with one in two using therapies such as dietary supplements ...

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