APP gearing up to announce Guild Pharmacy of the Year for 2017

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is gearing up for their national conference, set for March 9-12, 2017 on the Gold Coast. With more than 70 presentations from local and international speakers, the conference is the major highlight of the annual Australian pharmacy calendar. Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP will deliver the conference…

New advisory council for Medicines Australia – March 6, 2017

Medicines Australia (MA) has today (March 6, 2017) announced the appointment of 10 members to its new advisory council. Dr Anna Lavelle will act as MA Chair, and will be joined by ex-Chief Scientist of Australia, Professor Ian Chubb AC, Dr Jeff Harmer who has held many senior roles in various Commonwealth departments, and a…

Australian research lab training supercomputer to identify eye abnormalities

Advancements in assistive image analytics and deep learning technology could in the future help doctors in the fight against preventable blindness.   The Melbourne based IBM researchers have trained a research version of Watson (their latest computing system) to recognise abnormalities in retina images. According to the researchers, this could be developed to offer doctors…

New hep C treatments make disease elimination a possibility by 2026 in Australia

Australia is on track to achieve hepatitis C (hep C) elimination within 10 years, having treated more than 30,000 people in 2016.1 This is according to a new report1, released today (February 21, 2017), which coincides with the availability of the latest hep C treatment, ZEPATIER® (elbasvir/grazoprevir), on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).2   The…

Misplaced parental consent forms compromising teen vaccination coverage

Parental consent forms are critical to adolescent vaccination in schools. Up to one in three teens are missing out on National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded vaccinations due to parental consent forms being lost, or not returned to schools. The NIP is an immunisation schedule, with funding for recommended vaccines for all ages. Each State has…

State government announces free meningococcal vaccine for NSW teens

Following substantial pressure from the lobby group, Meningococcal Australia, the NSW Government has today (February 6, 2017) announced that they will roll out a free meningococcal vaccine to all at-risk students aged 17-18 State-wide Last month, the Federal Government announced the coordination of a national response to the disease, after a noticeable increase in the…

Australian of the Year 2017: Professor Alan Mackay-Sim proves the old adage ‘curiosity is king’

Renowned physicist, Frederick Seitz, astutely said, “A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions.” For Queensland stem cell researcher, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, curiosity reigns as king. On Australia Day-eve, Prof Mackay-Sim received the 2017 Australian of the Year…

Medicinal cannabis prescribing guidelines now available to QLD doctors

Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, The Hon. Cameron Dick MP announced the release of Australia’s first medical practitioner guidance document, designed to assist Queensland- based doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients, on Australia Day (Jan 26), 2017. “Through legislation, our Government has provided a legitimate pathway for Queensland patients of any age…

Year 7 Queensland kids eligible for free vaccinations at school this year

The Queensland School Immunisation Program (QSIP) will allow year 7 children to be vaccinated through school for free this year. Under this program, children will be eligible for vaccines based on their year level, rather than their age. All children entering year 7 this year will armed with a consent pack containing a disease information…

GLOBALHealthPR starts 2017 with expansion of Asia-Pacific footprint & capabilities

 New regional headquarters, senior appointment & Hong Kong agency partner reflect growing demand for GLOBALHealthPR’s unique independent agency network  GLOBALHealthPR®, the largest independent health and science communications agency partnership worldwide, has opened its new Asia-Pacific (APAC) headquarters in Singapore’s Central Business District today (January 11, 2017). James Yi, Executive Director, APAC will oversee the operation…