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New MBS items to improve regional & rural access to primary healthcare services

The Department of Health announced earlier this week the details of 12 new telehealth item numbers on the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS).  From November 1, 2019 residents in rural and regional Australia will be able to access GP and allied health professional consultations through video conferencing with no out-of-pocket expense. Patients living in Modified Monash…

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Improving access to treatment for Australia’s leading cause of cancer death

VIVA! Communications is delighted to have partnered with the Prime Minister, The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, medical oncologist, Professor Stephen Clarke OAM, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia, Mark Brooke, General Manager of Roche Australia, Stuart Knight and lung cancer patient, Pernille at the Northern Cancer Institute yesterday…

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VIVA! Communications announced a finalist in 3 categories of annual PRIA Golden Target Awards

We are thrilled to announce that our health + wellness agency, VIVA! Communications, has been named a finalist in three categories at the prestigious 2019 Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) Golden Target Awards (GTA), to be awarded next month. Since 2002, our Australian-owned, owner-led agency has coordinated a plethora of highly successful strategic communication…

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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…

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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…

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