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More health data needed: AHHA

Australia's healthcare system will not improve without access to more data, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association says. The comments came from acting chief executive Dr Linc Thurecht, as he called for another Australian Health Survey. "To this end the ...

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Pharmacists underutilised during pandemics

Pharmacists are a "largely untapped resource" during a flu outbreak and could be better utilised, according to a new paper by the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research. Written by Queensland University of Technology scholar Libby McCourt, the paper – Improving ...

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Funding for mental health studies in nursing

The federal government has committed $128,000 to fund mental health course materials for undergraduate nursing degrees across the country. Minister for rural health, senator Bridget McKenzie, said the funding would be provided to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses ...

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Australia will keep funding abortions

Australia will keep funding planned parenthood agencies overseas, despite Nationals backbencher George Christensen's comments that it was "disgraceful". The Queensland federal MP told a pro-life rally in Brisbane on Sunday he would ask treasurer Scott Morrison to funnel future money ...

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Hope for babies born with a cataract

A team of Australian researchers is using human stem cells to develop light-focusing eye lenses that could significantly improve the lives of children born with cataracts. Dr Michael O'Connor from the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University said the researchers ...

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