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1 in 3 GPs offer HPV screening outside guidelines, study shows

One third of GPs are ignoring HPV screening guidelines, admitting they screen women as often as they request, a survey shows. As cervical screening experts continue to warn about the number of eligible women overdue for testing, the survey of 600 GPs and obstetrician-gynaecologists suggests that testing outside guidelines is common. Read the article in […]

Australian Doctor

Protection for genetic tests results urged

Insurance companies have been using the results of people’s genetic tests to deny them cover, or raise the cost of their premiums, new research shows. Current settings regulating the life insurance industry are failing to protect consumers, the research published in Public Health Research & Practice on Tuesday found. See the full story in the […]

Illawarra Mercury & Australian Associated Press

Fears over wave of breast cancer unfounded

Fears that temporarily suspending breast cancer screening services during the pandemic would create a wave of advanced tumours do not appear to have come true. NSW suspended screening services for seven weeks in early 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A study by the Cancer Institute NSW published on Thursday compared the average tumour […]

The Canberra Times & Australian Associated Press

The stigma of overweight compromises general health

Health practitioners are often still operating under the assumption that obesity is an individual’s responsibility, even though science now tells us otherwise. There are health implications for people with obesity and public health needs to destigmatise it. Listen to the full interview on ABC Radio National and read the paper here.

ABC Radio National

Australia must tackle youth obesity crisis

Screen-slave adolescents are a forgotten demographic when it comes to obesity, with better prevention strategies sorely needed. This is the key finding from a new research paper, which says adolescent obesity goes largely untreated despite its huge impact later in life. Read the article in The Canberra Times and read the full paper here.

The Canberra Times

New report: Teens ‘forgotten’ in fight against obesity

Disjointed, piecemeal and underfunded – that is how new research describes our approach towards teenagers when it comes to obesity prevention. Adolescence is a crucial stage for developing healthy behaviours, but leading academics say young people have been ‘forgotten’ in our health system, with limited guidance available for this age group. Guest: Dr Helen Cheng, Marie […]

ABC Radio National

An ethical framework for co-production of research

Introduction by Croakey: In a webinar today hosted by the Consumers Health Forum, Minister for Health, Mark Butler, stressed his commitment to “raising the consumer voice” in the health sector, which he acknowledged was far too often dominated by narrow sectional interests. “We constantly have to discipline ourselves to keep interests of consumers at the front […]

Croakey Health Media

The potential benefits, as well as harms, from the COVID-19 disruption to cancer screening and other healthcare services

Introduction by Croakey: After more than two years of living with COVID-19, research is now revealing that some changes forced on society by pandemic control measures may have actually saved lives. It seems counter-intuitive but think of the reduction in influenza pneumonia deaths and lower air pollution during lockdowns, and the reduced use of unnecessary tests, […]

Croakey Health Media

‘It’s cowboy country’: consumers at risk from cosmetic radiation

The popularity of cosmetic radiation procedures has boomed in recent years, leaving consumers at risk of being injured by unskilled operators, experts warn. The procedures, which are performed with laser and light-based devices, include hair removal and skin rejuvenation.  But while they were marketed as low risk, some consumers have been left with injuries such […]

The Medical Republic

2021 PHRP Award winners revealed

Two research teams have been honoured for their outstanding work in health literacy and communicating COVID-19 health information, in this year’s Public Health Research & Practice Excellence Awards. The awards, announced today, celebrate outstanding papers that have been published in Public Health Research & Practice – an open-access, quarterly online journal published by the Sax […]

Sax Institute