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There is extra funding for aged care in the budget, but...

The 14,000 home care places are additional to those built into prior budgets. And there is extra money ($1.6 billion over four years) allocated to fund them in this year’s budget. But it still won’t be enough to meet demand.

Informed consent: women need to know about the link between the...

The pill and other hormone contraceptives are not without side effects. We usually focus on the physical health effects of the pill, yet the most common reason women stop or change the pill is mental health side effects.

Why consumers need better protection from dodgy health care: the case...

The most distressing aspect of this story is the lack of any significant protection of consumers from these so-called health practices, not supported by any credible evidence and administered by practitioners with no medical qualifications.

Loneliness is a health issue, and needs targeted solutions

Loneliness has been found to be a risk factor for all causes of early death and feeling lonely increases our likelihood of earlier death by 26%.

Explainer: how much does the NDIS cost and where does this...

These are difficult questions to answer because we lack high-quality data about the extent & nature of disability in Australia.

Budget 2018 boosts aged care, rural health and medical research: health...

The government has announced A$1.6 billion over four years to allow 14,000 more older Australians to remain in their home for longer through more high-level home care places.

Toxin linked to motor neuron disease found in Australian algal blooms

Research now needs to focus on tracking and monitoring algal blooms to detect the presence of BMAA (a neurotoxin), and determining how long it remains in the ecosystem after these blooms occur.

We can’t just leave it to the NDIS to create cities...

The responsibility for change should be shared far more broadly – mainstream services must actively transform themselves to become more inclusive.

New report outlines economic benefits of investment in mental health

The report takes into account a range of complex issues, and presents actionable, scalable and context-specific solutions – solutions that not only provide demonstrable health and social benefits, but quantifiable economic returns to taxpayers and to the community.

Some women feel grief after an abortion, but there’s no evidence...

Neither the term “post-abortion syndrome”, nor the claims about its characteristics, are supported by any national or international psychological societies.