Nation’s largest & most trusted healthcare profession under-utilised & under-valued

One-in-four Australian primary health care nurses say they are under-utilised and could be doing more to maximise their skillset, according to an annual nursing workforce report just published in MJA Insight. The APNA/Health Professionals Bank Workforce Survey involving 2,052 primary health care nurse respondents reveals of the nearly 50 per cent who suggested to their employer…

GLOBALHealthPR® welcomes exclusive Chilean agency partner

GLOBALHealthPR® (GHPR) today welcomed Santiago-based Strategika to its global partnership, further strengthening our network’s specialty reach and capabilities in Latin America. Founded in 2001 by public affairs and health communicator, Paul Venturino, Strategika is a key healthcare communications player in Latin America. For more than 18 years the agency has advised local and multinational clients…

Rare diseases community rallying for earlier & accurate diagnoses

The rare diseases community is joining forces today (Rare Disease Day) to call upon medical professionals for earlier and more accurate diagnoses of rare diseases to help improve, prolong and save Aussie lives. According to Genetics Alliance Australia (GAA) and Gaucher Association Australia & New Zealand (GAANZ), nearly two million Australians are living with a…

Can eating allium vegetables protect against bowel cancer?

New research, released last month, has suggested allium vegetables such as garlic and onions may help to protect us against bowel cancer. A team of scientists from First Hospital of China Medical University investigated whether high amounts of these vegetables could prevent the development of bowel cancer. In results published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of…

Exercise may hold the answer to more diverse gut microbiome

A new study has uncovered the effect of exercise on our health through adjusting the balance of the gut microbiome. The study, Aerobic Fitness and Gut Microbiota, suggests a person’s physical activity levels might affect the bacterial diversity of their gut, and thus influence their overall health. In the paper, appearing in the journal Experimental…

Smartphones driving mental health crisis among young Australians

It’s no coincidence the mental health of young Australians has never been worse at the same time their mobile phone use is at an all-time high, according to 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry Prof McGorry declared the epidemic in a plea ahead of last week’s Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Forum, in Adelaide, on February 7.…

New & expecting fathers to benefit from $26 million Government funding boost

Perinatal support will soon be offered to new and expecting fathers as part of a $26 million Federal Government funding boost aimed at better protecting the mental health of parents. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced this week (Tuesday, February 12) the funding would be available as grants to organisations including the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death…

New research suggests a bacteria may be behind Alzheimer’s disease

Recent research has challenged the leading theory that the amyloid protein, among other proteins such as tau, is behind Alzheimer’s disease. There is mounting evidence that a bacterium involved in gingivitis may in fact be the cause of Alzheimer’s – a potential game-changer for the prevention and treatment of the disease Alzheimer’s is the most…

APNA appoints long-serving board member as CEO

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) appointed long-serving board member, Ken Griffin as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today (Friday, February 8, 2019). Mr Griffin has contributed to APNA’s strategic development bringing healthcare, marketing and senior management experience to the role for nearly six years. In an APNA announcement issued today, the…