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New mobile phone ban to protect primary school kids’ mental health

Mobile phones will be banned in primary school classrooms in a New South Wales Government bid to reduce online bullying and risk factors associated with students’ mental health. The introduction of the new law was announced Thursday and followed a commission in June led by psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Under the new rules, students will…

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Singapore study finds mental illness more prevalent in young adults

Young Singaporean adults aged 18-34 are most at risk of developing a mental health illness, a Singapore Mental Health Study has found. A report on the findings, released on Tuesday this week, showed individuals in that age group were most likely to have experienced bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse, and obsessive compulsive disorder.…

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VIVA! Communications celebrates 15th birthday

Yesterday (July 20, 2017), leading Australian health + wellness PR agency, VIVA! Communications celebrated its 15th birthday, armed with news of completing a record financial year, reinforcing the agency’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the healthcare arena. Established in 2002, by Principal, Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and healthcare PR…

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Government adds $142 million in medicines to PBS

As of July 1, 2017, the Federal Government has made AUD$142 million in new medicine listings to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in a bid to make more medicines affordable to all Australians. Among the new listings, the PBS will fund access to vorinostat to treat patients living a subtype of blood cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called…

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Will the battle for full immunisation coverage be won & lost on Twitter?

Barely a day goes by without an Australian media outlet publishing a story about vaccination. Just last week, we discussed on the VIVA! blog how Brisbane’s well-heeled inner city suburbs have recorded some of the lowest vaccination rates in Australia. With the Federal Government proposing in March that State and Territory governments should ban unvaccinated…

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