Three State Health authorities have this week issued public health warnings following the identification of the Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus in samples gathered from pig farms in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. Common to Asia and the west Pacific, and rural and agricultural regions, the JE virus is spread through the bite of infected…

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Tragically, every eight hours, one woman dies from ovarian cancer in Australia, equating to 1,042 women each year.1 Further estimates suggest that 1,720 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer per annum, making it the eighth most common cancer in Australia.2 This month (February) is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – an important milestone on the public…

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New Government data released today reveals disproportionate COVID-19 mortality and prevalence rates recorded among Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CALD). The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows our nation has witnessed almost three times as many deaths from COVID-19 among those born overseas compared with those born locally (in Australia). The ABS data…

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One in 10 Australians aged 65 years and above are living with dementia, the risk of diagnosis for which doubles every five years from aged 60. Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather, a broad term used to describe a group of symptoms that cause progressive damage to the brain. These symptoms include a…

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