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‘People are dying in ambulances’: Health ministers say nation gripped by health crisis, call for NDIS fix
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‘People are dying in ambulances’: Health ministers say nation gripped by health crisis, call for NDIS fix

Liberal and Labor health ministers from the five mainland states are pleading with the Morrison government to ease the strain on a health system choked by post-2020 ill health.

  • by Paul Sakkal

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Migraine relief on the way for sufferers with new drug added to PBS

Migraine relief on the way for sufferers with new drug added to PBS

Emgality, a drug which could previously cost up to $6800 a year, will instead cost $41.30 a script.

  • by Mary Ward
Queensland nurse-to-patient ratios saved lives, research finds

Queensland nurse-to-patient ratios saved lives, research finds

The ratios, which were introduced in 2016, set minimum numbers of nurses per shift, and research carried out since their introduction shows clear benefits for patients.

  • by Stuart Layt
Let’s drop the term ‘patient zero’, for history’s sake

Let’s drop the term ‘patient zero’, for history’s sake

The media needs to report on the pandemic without inciting blame and encouraging condemnation.

  • by Joshua Badge and Emil Cañita
Border Force on alert for fake vaccines as ACCC warns of scams

Border Force on alert for fake vaccines as ACCC warns of scams

“You can’t pay for early access to the vaccine or to skip the queue, that’s just not how it works here.”

  • by Michael Koziol
Top epidemiologist says virus outbreak is ‘absolutely inevitable’

Top epidemiologist says virus outbreak is ‘absolutely inevitable’

The risk of a disastrous coronavirus outbreak in Australia is now at its highest level since the pandemic began, says epidemiologist and mathematical biologist James McCaw.

  • by Aisha Dow
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Paramedics, health minister plead: Stop calling 000 unless you really need to
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Paramedics, health minister plead: Stop calling 000 unless you really need to

More than 10 per cent of people who called an ambulance did not need to go to hospital, contributing unnecessary demand to the already-stretched ambulance service.

  • by Paul Sakkal and Michael Fowler
The simple measure that could save Qld hospitals $15 million a year
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The simple measure that could save Qld hospitals $15 million a year

A comprehensive study has found a simple change in how a common piece of medical equipment is used could save millions of dollars and improve outcomes for patients.

  • by Stuart Layt
The deadly disease that is the healthcare system’s ‘bogey man coming over the hill’

The deadly disease that is the healthcare system’s ‘bogey man coming over the hill’

Advocates are calling for greater public awareness of risk factors for liver cancer, which sees fewer than one in five survive for five years after diagnosis.

  • by Mary Ward
‘Third World country’: Liberals attack government on ambulance wait times

‘Third World country’: Liberals attack government on ambulance wait times

The opposition questioned the government about whether better management of the health system could have helped avert the death of a 32-year-old who waited 6.5 hours for an ambulance.

  • by Paul Sakkal
The joyful jab: my shot at making history

The joyful jab: my shot at making history

It’s been a long time since I worried about catching coronavirus. I’m just impatient. Every needle in an arm slowly turns the key that will unlock this country.

  • by Michelle Griffin