Health Research & Education

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…

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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…

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“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,…

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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…

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How is Australia responding to the medicinal cannabis industry?

Following the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use by the Federal Government in 2016, there has been plenty of discussion about whether the products, including oils, sprays, patches and tablets, will sink or swim both in Australia’s community and our economy.   There’s not a day that goes by without the media talking about a…

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