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Population explosion called health threat

Population growth is placing pressure on Australia’s public health, a peak body has warned. On February 16, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the nation’s population reached 24 million. Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) chief executive Michael Moore said: “As ...

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Parkinson’s lesser-known symptoms get spotlight

Healthcare workers attuned to the hidden bladder and bowel symptoms of Parkinson’s are better able to help mitigate their added burden, and peak bodies are working to raise awareness. Ahead of World Parkinson’s Day, on April 11, the Continence Foundation of Australia ...

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Lower income raises osteoporosis risk

The stress associated with social disadvantage could be putting people at higher risk of developing osteoporosis, new research has revealed. An international team of researchers have suggested the stress triggers a genetic response in the body that puts people at ...

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‘Mixed’ report card for Closing the Gap

Progress on meeting the stated goals of the Closing the Gap initiative has been mixed, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a speech. The PM praised Indigenous leaders and the other major parties for their collaborative approach to the project, ...

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Massive health services shake-up: report

Federal Labor has taken the government to task over reports Medicare, pharmaceutical and aged-care benefits could be delivered by the private sector. The $50 billion-plus outsourcing would be the first time the private sector has delivered a national service subsidised ...

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