Obese patients at risk in small hospitals: advice

ABC News reports on new recommendations that obese people and those with multiple health problems should avoid major operations in small private hospitals where there is no physician overnight. The advice is among the key recommendations from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) as part of the … Continue reading

Consider aspirin: new draft colorectal cancer guidelines

Low-dose aspirin should be considered for people aged 50-70 years who are at average risk of colorectal cancer, according to new draft guidelines released by the Cancer Council. The guidelines state that a low dose of aspirin is recommended for at least 2.5 years, commencing at age 50 to 70 … Continue reading

NSW hospital EDs face unprecedented demand

Record numbers of patients are presenting to NSW emergency departments (EDs), according to the latest data, but hospitals have maintained performance on waiting times and provided a higher number of services. The Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Hospital Quarterly report covering October to December 2016 shows there was an increase … Continue reading

Homelessness more costly than emergency accommodation

ABC News reports that it significantly cheaper for governments to provide last-resort housing than to have people continuing to sleep on the streets, according to new research. Homelessness in Melbourne has been costed at $25,615 per person per year, covering health, crime and other factors, research commissioned by the University … Continue reading

SA launches meningococcal B vaccine trial in teens

The Adelaide Advertiser reports that up to 60,000 SA students will be offered free vaccination against the meningococcal B strain as part of a state-led study into the impact of vaccinating against the disease. The world-first study, called B Part of It, is funded by the vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline and … Continue reading

Key steps to fix rural doctor shortage

Key steps to solving the shortage of doctors in rural Australia include boosting the number of medical students with rural backgrounds, increasing GP trainee numbers and ensuring more vocational training is undertaken in rural areas, a new paper suggests. The Policy Brief by researchers at the University of Melbourne and … Continue reading

New epilepsy classifications unveiled

The Age reports that a revised international classification system for epilepsy that has been developed by Melbourne experts is set to improve the chances of people getting the right diagnosis and treatment. The first overhaul of the classification system in almost three decades has given seizure types formal recognition, and … Continue reading

Ice use puts burden on Australian EDs, study shows

Use of methamphetamine, or ice, was responsible for up to 150,000 visits to Australian hospital emergency departments (EDs) in 2013, new research suggests. Medical website 6minutes reports that the study, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, shows that more frequent use of the illicit drug is associated with more frequent trips to … Continue reading

Nurse care boosts diabetes management

Giving primary care nurses a greater role in managing type 2 diabetes can significantly reduce delays in starting insulin treatment, an Australian study shows. The study involved 266 patients in 74 general practices in Victoria and explored a model of care called “Stepping Up” in which there was an enhanced … Continue reading

What not to do in bone health

Medical Observer reports that prescribing vitamin D for osteoporosis and screening for vitamin D deficiency in those at low risk are among five new “’do not do” recommendations for bone health from the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS). The draft list, which is under consultation, is … Continue reading