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Shining the spotlight on World Mental Health Day today

It’s World Mental Health Day today (October 10, 2018). The World Federation for Mental Health initiative aims to shine the spotlight on mental health education, awareness and advocacy, worldwide. Mental Health Australia is coordinating the local arm of the global initiative today (during Mental Health Week) via their ‘Do You See What I See’ campaign…

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MTAA calling on government to delay implementation of PHI product categorisation reforms

The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) has raised concerns today (October 8, 2018) regarding the Morrison Government’s gold, silver, bronze and basic private health insurance (PHI) policy reforms slated for launch on April 1, 2019, pre- an anticipated May 2019 federal election. Their concerns coincide with a report in The Australian today, citing the commencement…

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Australian-first hospital mental health mentoring program offering teens hope

An Australian-first Youth Virtual Mentoring program designed to help minimise the stigma of teens hospitalised with mental health issues, will be trialled among 12-to-17 year old patients at Sydney’s Hornsby Hospital to aid their healing. Developed by mental health organisation, Project Batyr, and funded by the NSW Government to the tune of $50,000, the pilot…

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Chickenpox vaccine significantly curbing childhood infection

Introduced to Australia in 2005, the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine has substantially reduced the incidence of this common childhood infection, according to a new report. Communicable Diseases Intelligence examined the impact of the chickenpox vaccine administered to children at 18 months of age. Pre- vaccine availability, Australia had an estimated 240,000 chickenpox cases each year, including…

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