Medicinal cannabis legislation introduced today

The Federal Government will today introduce landmark legislation providing patients a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

Close the Gap - renewed commitment needed

Political parties have been called on to renew their commitment to closing the unacceptable health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

Mobility and adjustable bed suppliers fined

Clews, which supplies Seniors Plus products and D Burnz which supplies Better Living Australia products have each paid $20,400 in ACCC penalties.

Last week to comment on ACT cat containment

Only days remain for Australian Capital Territory citizens to provide feedback on proposed new cat containment areas.

Crack down on dodgy VIC health providers

Victoria’s health complaints watchdog will be given greater powers to name and shame dodgy health service providers and practitioners, and ban them from practising.

Innovation in elder help detection on the horizon

When it comes to seniors, it can difficult to strike a balance between maintaining an independent lifestyle and ensuring that help will be there when needed.

Flavonoid-rich foods and drinks may prevent erectile dysfunction

Men who consume just three or four weekly portions of foods and drinks containing flavonoids—which include berries, citrus fruits, and red wine—may reduce their risk of erectile dysfunction.

Fuel price disclosure laws to be introduced in NT

Fuel companies will be forced to disclose fuel costs and profits each month under fuel price disclosure laws to be introduced into the Northern Territory Parliament this week.

Expect more turmoil in financial markets

More turmoil and volatility in markets is predicted over the coming weeks and months, which may be good news for hedge fund managers, but not too many others, writes Richard Holden.

Vulvar cancer rates surge in women under 60

Over the past thirty years, vulvar cancer rates have increased by 84 per cent in Australian women under 60 years of age.

Medication use in older men linked to risk of death and frailty

Medication use among men aged 70 years and older is linked to a heightened risk of death and frailty, new research reveals.

Assisted dying: the difficult conversation

We must acknowledge divergent views on assisted dying and start framing laws that will enable it, writes Ian McPhee.

Where women live influences decisions about breast cancer treatment

New research has found that the distance to cancer services may be influencing the treatment intentions of regional Queensland women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Will stretches be the answer on back pain?

The majority of Australians will struggle with back pain in their lifetime, but research commencing at the University of Canberra may offer a new solution through Pilates exercise.

Rural doctor shortage not solved

A new Australian Government Productivity Commission report highlights again that rural doctor shortages are damaging the health of rural and regional Australians.

Woolworths fined $3million over product safety

The Federal Court has ordered Woolworths to pay total penalties of $3.057 million for safety issues with house brand products sold in its supermarkets, Big W and Masters stores.

TAS pharmacist to be trained as flu immunisers

The annual impact of influenza is significant in Tasmania with 1434 ‘Flu notifications reported in 2015.

Traditional culture the focus in new ACT homes

A smoking ceremony saw work start on homes for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.

Help for people affected by adoption

The Benevolent Society's Post-Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) is running a series of workshops for people affected by adoption at the Gold Coast, as well as a retreat in Brisbane.

QLD referendum for fixed four-year parliamentary terms

The Queensland Government has requested the Governor's approval to issue the writ for a referendum for fixed four-year terms for Queensland’s Legislative Assembly.

Grandparents help families save billions on childcare

A study released by Australian Seniors Insurance Agency shows grandparents are easing the financial burden of childcare within families, by working on average two days a week as unpaid caregivers.