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NHMRC: no evidence homeopathy works

There is no evidence that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions, a review has found. The National Health and Medical Research Council found the body of evidence doesn't support the case that homeopathy works better than placebo, or causes ...

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Release child detainees: nurse leaders

Nurse groups have labelled the Australian Human Rights Commission’s landmark Forgotten Children report, the clearest evidence yet that the Australian government must rethink its policies regarding the detention of children in immigration facilities. In the wake of the report – ...

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Fathers at risk for postnatal depression

New fathers are at an increased risk of experiencing psychological distress in the postnatal period, a discussion paper released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) states. Deputy director (research) at AIFS, Dr Daryl Higgins, said about 10 per cent of Australian fathers report ...

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PUP backs nurses on staff ratio concerns

Glenn Lazarus

The Palmer United Party has thrown its weight behind the ANMF’s ongoing campaign to improve nurse to patient staffing ratios in aged care. ANMF leaders met with senator Glenn Lazarus in Canberra earlier this week and say the PUP senate ...

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New international criminal history checks in place

Public protection and patient safety are the drivers behind a new procedure for checking international criminal history. The approach, first announced by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) in November last year, requires certain applicants and practitioners to apply for an ...

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$54.5 million to build dementia response teams

The federal government is to commit $54.5 million over four years towards dementia support services for the establishment of a number of new Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT). In a statement, assistant minister for social services Mitch Fifield explained that ...

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Coalition drops controversial MBS changes

Nurses and doctors have welcomed a government pledge for greater consultation with the health professions following the Coalition’s backdown on its controversial plans to slash rebates for shorter GP consultations. From next week, a scheduled change to standard, time-based GP ...

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