Health Awareness

Eating disorders first mental illness to be assigned a MBS diagnostic category

Healthcare professionals urged to upskill on ED evidence-based care In an Australian first, eating disorders (ED) represent the first mental health disorder to be assigned specific item numbers under the revised Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) scheme, commencing November 1, 2019. This development has sparked an urgent call by ED experts to the Australian health workforce…

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VIVA! AE survives Dry July

Here at VIVA! we take health and wellness very seriously, which is why this month our fabulous Account Executive, Ben Pike, decided to participate in ‘Dry July’, a fundraiser that encourages you to go alcohol free for one whole month to raise money for people affected by cancer. VIVA! has worked over the years with…

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New blood cancer therapy granted TGA approval

There was some promising news for the Australian multiple myeloma community this month with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approval of a new triplet therapy. Myeloma is a life-threatening blood cancer, not to be confused with the skin cancer, melanoma. It develops from plasma cells typically found in the bone marrow and can affect multiple…

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A pharmacist’s perspective on pneumococcal pneumonia

Pneumococcal pneumonia results in more than 77,000 hospitalisations and 4,000 deaths8 in Australia each year. Many of us carry pneumonia-causing bacteria in the back of our throats, which can take hold when the immune system becomes compromised or due to a viral infection such as the flu. Australians aged over 65 years are at significantly…

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Dermatologists issuing urgent community plea to safeguard young Aussie lives

Given melanoma is our nation’s leading cancer affecting women (aged 20-to-24) and men (aged 35-to-50),1 the Australasian College of Dermatologists is today calling for early detection of skin cancer to save young Australian lives. The College’s plea is coinciding with an article just published in MJA Insight, in which the two co-authors, leading Queensland-based skin…

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