Could we soon see the rise of rehabilitation clinics catering to other types of addiction?

As most will know, drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions are commonly treated in rehabilitation clinics. At VIVA! we’ve worked with DARA Rehab helping those afflicted by the aforementioned addictions to seek the help they need. In our increasingly digitally-focused society, however, other addictions are beginning to arise. As a result, the World Health Organisation (WHO)…

Rare Disease Day

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate Rare Disease Day on the last day of February. It’s a cause close to our hearts at VIVA! Communications after we’ve had the pleasure of working on a number of campaigns to raise awareness of a variety of rare diseases. Despite their name, one in 20…

The VIVA! team is turning to olive leaf extract this autumn

As February draws to a close, the cooler days will inevitably begin to outnumber the warmer ones. Ushered in alongside the chilly temperatures will be viruses such as the flu and rhinovirus (the common cold). At VIVA! we’re not only dedicated to inspiring healthy lifestyles through our PR work in the general community, but we’re…

How’s your mental health this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day – the day of love. A time when you feel overcome with warm feelings for your significant other. While being in love is a wonderful thing, for many people not in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can play a little bit of havoc on your mental health. Over the years, our team at VIVA!…

MedReleaf Australia enters local medicinal cannabis market

An Australian joint venture company associated with one of Canada’s leading licensed producers of medical cannabis (MedReleaf Corp) has entered the local Australian medicinal cannabis market after securing ‘cultivation and production’ and ‘import’ licenses from the Federal Government’s Office of Drug Control (ODC). MedReleaf Australia will import medicinal cannabis from MedReleaf Corp (which has a…

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…

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s disease years earlier

Dementia has now taken the place of cancer as the second leading cause of death in Australia after heart disease. A team of scientists in Australia and Japan have developed the world’s first accurate blood test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, which can identify the presence of the disease up to 20 years before symptoms begin.…

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…

NSW Government to fund free flu vaccinations for children

With last year’s flu season the most severe since 2009 (with over 12,000 confirmed cases in children under 5), the NSW Government announced this week (January 23, 2018), that from April 2018 it will fund free flu vaccinations for all NSW children aged between 6 months and five years of age who are not currently…

“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,…