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Inside track: Healthcare

21 January 2020

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Inside track: Healthcare

In the media

Probiotics information online often inadequate and misleading
Most websites that provide information about probiotics are unreliable and often tout unproven health benefits, a new study finds. Researchers concluded that the vast majority were run by companies advertising products or news outlets that offered incomplete information, often leaving out potential side effects, according to the report in Frontiers in Medicine (16 January 2020).  More...

We know bushfire smoke affects our health, but the long-term consequences are hazy
What we considered to be short-term exposure we must now call medium-term exposure. Given this is a new phenomenon, we don’t know for sure what prolonged exposure to bushfire smoke could mean for future health. But here’s what air pollution and health data can tell us about the sorts of harms we might be looking at (10 January 2020).  More...

Assaults on Queensland hospital staff jump by 40 per cent
Figures obtained by Brisbane Times reveal both threatened and actual attacks have increased within 12 of the state's 16 health services since 2017 (12 January 2020).  More...

Practice and Regulation

Current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia
On 14 November 2019, the Senate referred an inquiry into the current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 February 2020.  More...

Call for submissions: Productivity Commission - Mental Health
The Productivity Commission released its Draft Report on Mental Health on 31 October, and is now seeking comments by 23 January 2019. The Draft report has identified five key reform areas, including to research into mental health and the mental health system.  More...

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