There’s still a long way to go, but there’s good news about organ and tissue donation: since 2009, when the Organ and Tissue Authority and DonateLife Network were established, there has been a 58% increase in deceased organ donations, and a 39% increase in transplant recipients Australia-wide, says a spokesperson from DonateLife ACT.

Part of the improvement can be attributed to encouraging Australians to discuss whether they would like their organs donated in the event that they die in circumstances where this is... Read more

Pharmacy has long been at the front line of helping Australians access safe sex products, says Ruth Wernham of Western Australia’s AIDS Council and spokesperson for WA Sexual Health Week (Feb 10-16) – and while the days of the brown paper bag under the counter are gone, there’s still often a need for discretion.

“We’d like to make sure people feel comfortable and confident to go into pharmacies to purchase those products – that they don’t get the feeling they’re being talked about, or gossiped about – it’s trying... Read more

New data from the University of NSW suggests that the diet of fathers – and even grandfathers – might be linked to their children’s predisposition to obesity.

A team led by Professor Margaret Morris at Medical Sciences, University of NSW, showed that rat grandfathers who were obese and ate a high-fat diet had grandsons who had a worse outcome if they consumed the same unhealthy diet, compared to brothers eating a healthy diet.

Prof Morris told the Obesity Summit in Canberra today that lifestyle choices, such... Read more

Australians may live longer than we can afford with our current health system

Australians might be living longer – but our AAA credit rating won’t, says a leading chief economist: Australia’s AAA credit rating will ‘go the way of the dodo’ thanks to exploding healthcare costs that are financially unsustainable.

‘We are just living too long,’ said Nathan Taylor, chief economist, Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) at yesterday’s Australian Self- Medication Industry’s annual conference in Sydney.

‘The use of health services increasingly with earlier interventions and... Read more

Isla and Jude Donnell’s house is like any other house where any ordinary four-year-old and two-year-old live – it’s full of fairies and tutus, cars and trains, dolls and prams, books and puzzles.

But Isla and Jude aren’t ordinary children. They both have Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare, degenerative genetic disease for which there is no effective treatment – and unless a cure is found soon, their life expectancy is in their mid-teens.

‘Around the age of two and a half years of age, we started to have some slight... Read more