The VIVA! team is turning to olive leaf extract this autumn

As February draws to a close, the cooler days will inevitably begin to outnumber the warmer ones. Ushered in alongside the chilly temperatures will be viruses such as the flu and rhinovirus (the common cold). At VIVA! we’re not only dedicated to inspiring healthy lifestyles through our PR work in the general community, but we’re…

How’s your mental health this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day – the day of love. A time when you feel overcome with warm feelings for your significant other. While being in love is a wonderful thing, for many people not in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can play a little bit of havoc on your mental health. Over the years, our team at VIVA!…

MedReleaf Australia enters local medicinal cannabis market

An Australian joint venture company associated with one of Canada’s leading licensed producers of medical cannabis (MedReleaf Corp) has entered the local Australian medicinal cannabis market after securing ‘cultivation and production’ and ‘import’ licenses from the Federal Government’s Office of Drug Control (ODC). MedReleaf Australia will import medicinal cannabis from MedReleaf Corp (which has a…

The implications of the OTC up-scheduling of codeine-containing medicines for Australians

Less than 24 hours since low-dose OTC codeine-containing medicines have been restricted to prescription only (Schedule 4), pharmacy is already raising concerns over potential consumer backlash. Fairfax reports an estimated 153,000 Australians use low-dose codeine-containing medicines at rates indicative of dependence, which the government has also dubbed as alarmingly high. By enforcing the up-scheduling of low-dose…

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s disease years earlier

Dementia has now taken the place of cancer as the second leading cause of death in Australia after heart disease. A team of scientists in Australia and Japan have developed the world’s first accurate blood test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, which can identify the presence of the disease up to 20 years before symptoms begin.…

Funding promised to save more lives of people living with rare cancers

Future generations who may be diagnosed with rare cancers have been offered hope this week with the promise of a $26m investment package into new research. The money will be spent on 19 clinical trials, with the aim to reverse tragically low survival rates through the creation of new and more effective treatments. The research…

NSW Government to fund free flu vaccinations for children

With last year’s flu season the most severe since 2009 (with over 12,000 confirmed cases in children under 5), the NSW Government announced this week (January 23, 2018), that from April 2018 it will fund free flu vaccinations for all NSW children aged between 6 months and five years of age who are not currently…

“Little miracle man”- Parents issue urgent public funding appeal to secure treatment for their little boy without eyes

Mother Nature dealt little Archie Innes and his loving family a cruel blow when he was born with an extremely rare condition, and an even rarer genetic mutation that rendered him without eyes at birth. Dubbed a little “miracle man” by his loving parents, pre-school teacher, Fiona, husband Stevie, and three-year old sister, Alba, Sydney,…

VIVA! Communications welcomes new team member

Entering the New Year, award-winning, independent health + wellness PR Agency, VIVA! Communications has expanded its Sydney team, and is thrilled to announce its latest hire, welcoming Brooke Williamson-Jones to VIVA! as a Junior Account Manager. Brooke joins VIVA! Communications from the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) where she held the position of Marketing…

Healthcare Megatrends to watch in 2018

Megatrends are fundamentally changing the way the world works. The three forces driving massive global healthcare trends include: unparalleled advances in technology; the sedentary lifestyles that goes hand in hand with economic development, globalisation and urbanisation; and the demographics of our aging population. The world is aging, and as a result there has been massive…