Campaign News

Doctors encouraging middle-aged Aussie blokes to consider their prostate

Doctors are encouraging middle-aged Aussie blokes to have their prostate checked.Their call coincides with an article published in MJA Insight today (Monday, August 13), citing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – or a benign enlargement of the prostate –  can compromise a man’s quality of life, and his relationships with his partner and family.2   According…

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Urgent community plea to reverse declining vaccination rates against fatal lung infection this Pneumonia Awareness Week

Lung Foundation Australia is teaming with researchers, doctors and patients Australia-wide today, during Pneumonia Awareness Week (13-20 May), to call for proactive community action to address the declining vaccination rates against pneumococcal pneumonia – an infection responsible for more than 15,000 GP visits, 8,000 hospitalisations, and 2,000 deaths among those aged over 65 each year. Their…

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Launch of InsideOut Institute – Australia’s first institute for research & clinical excellence in eating disorders

l-r: Prof Stephen Touyz, Advisory Council Chair & Lead Researcher, InsideOut Institute; Dr Sarah Maguire, Director & Clinical Psychologist, InsideOut Institute; & Kirsten Bruce, VIVA! Communications Principal & Advisory Council member, InsideOut Institute Australia’s national institute for research and clinical excellence in eating disorders was launched today by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt and…

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Influencing the public debate around flu vaccination: a case study

Last month, VIVA! Communications successfully collaborated with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) to release new research regarding the attitudes of Australian adults toward flu vaccination. Alarmingly, it was revealed that one-in-two Australian adults do not plan to vaccinate against the flu this year. Alongside this, the research uncovered that many do not understand the…

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Unravelling the genetics of stuttering

VIVA! Communications is today working with researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language to call for 3,000 Australians aged seven and above with experience of stuttering (past or present) to volunteer for the nation’s largest ever ‘Genetics of Stuttering Study’. The study aims to pinpoint the genes that predispose individuals to…

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