Vegetables

Western diet linked to increased depression in over 45s

Researchers at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have revealed new insight into the connection between nutrition and depression in adults aged 45 years and older. The review, published in Ageing Research Reviews, indicates a beneficial relationship between higher intakes of vegetables and fruits and lower incidence of depression, with a higher risk…

Breastfeeding

New lactology micro-credentials to improve breastfeeding outcomes for mums

The University of Western Australia is introducing two new online short courses in Lactology incorporating the latest in breastfeeding research, with the ultimate aim of improving the feeding experience for mums and their babies. The UWA Schools of Allied Health, Molecular Sciences and Biomedical Sciences have developed the new micro-credentials, ‘Breastfeeding, a foundation for human…

Vaccination

Over 200 Queensland Community pharmacies to join COVID-19 fight this week – state-wide

Over 200 Queensland Community pharmacies to join COVID-19 fight this week – state-wide. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch’s Acting President, Chris Owen, has welcomed today’s announcement that over 200 metropolitan community pharmacies in Queensland will be able to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations beginning this week. “This news could not have come at a better…

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New clinical study shows Novaliq NovaTears®+Omega-3 eye drops is significantly effective treatment for dry eye disease.

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Uncertainty

Why uncertainty makes us change our behaviour – even when we shouldn’t

‘Panic buying’ might be a normal human response to uncertainty, after all.People around the world dramatically changed their shopping behaviours at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with new uncertainty, shoppers began stocking up on basic household items – especially toilet paper – to account for the new unknown. This buying frenzy led to…

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Brisbane job seekers encouraged to re-train and join community pharmacies

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, is encouraging eligible job seekers in Brisbane to re-train to work on the frontline in health services within community pharmacies as pharmacy assistants. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is delivering the Queensland Government’s Community Work Skills Program in Brisbane beginning on 23 August 2021. This training is proudly…

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Funding for a new training centre for optimal ageing

Monash University has been awarded $4.58 million from the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program to establish a new ARC Training Centre for Optimal Ageing. Recently announced by Federal Minister for Education and Youth, Alan Tudge, the Centre is led by Monash University’s Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, the Faculty of…

Pregnancy

Hospital grade antenatal care without leaving home

A trial of antenatal care provided remotely to expectant mothers at home has shown the level of care is as good as a face-to-face consultation, including the identification of common complications. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen telehealth become a fundamental component of healthcare.  However maternity care presented a unique challenge, with the majority of antenatal…

Science

UNSW hosts National Science Week events

UNSW Sydney will unpack some of the most extraordinary advances in science and technology influencing the world in a range of events for the 2021 National Science Week.   Some of the topics up for discussion include how lab-grown meat might save the planet, why a zero carbon future is well within the world’s grasp…

Chronic pain

Chronic pain might impact how the brain processes emotions

Chemical ‘messengers’ called neurotransmitters help regulate our emotions – but scientists have noticed a disruption to their levels in people with chronic pain. More than three million Australians experience chronic pain: an ongoing and often debilitating condition that can last from months to years. This persistent pain can impact many parts of a person’s life,…

Child sleeping

Kids’ sleep: check in before you switch off

The struggle to get your child to go to sleep and stay asleep is something most parents can relate to. Once the bedtime battle is over and the kids have finally nodded off, many parents tune out as well. But University of South Australia researcher Professor Kurt Lushington is calling for parents to check on…

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Creating mentally healthy pharmacies

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82 additional community pharmacies begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations in Qld from today

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch’s Acting President, Chris Owen, said that an additional 82 community pharmacies would begin offering free COVID vaccinations to eligible Queenslanders from today. Mr. Owen said the additional pharmacies are located in outer metro and regional areas of Queensland and would join the 49 community pharmacies already vaccinating against…

Guild Insurance

Why every business needs an asset registry

When considering an insurance policy, it’s easy for many of us to think “it’ll never happen to me”. However, the vast experience of Guild Insurance tells us ‘it’, being events that require insurance claims, unfortunately can happen to anyone. Guild Insurance is dedicated to providing risk management information to our insureds to help reduce the…

Suicide prevention

Brisbane, Logan and the Redlands communities invited to FREE suicide prevention training – limited spots available!

Community members and pharmacy staff from Brisbane, Logan, the Redlands and surrounding areas are invited by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, to participate in four free local early suicide prevention programs to support their local community. With evidence showing there is likely to be a significant negative mental health stemming from the coronavirus…

vaccination

Decision to include all eligible pharmacies in COVID-19 vax rollout welcomed

The announcement by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison of the Government’s decision to allow all the 3930 eligible community pharmacies across Australia to join the COVID-19 vaccination rollout has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia as a significant step in improving vaccination rates. The National President of the Pharmacy Guild, Trent Twomey, said…

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Medicinal cannabis

Medibis raises funds for research and cultivation facility, sets eyes on huge medicinal cannabis market

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Heart health

Delivering new prevention and treatment approaches for heart disease with digital health

Digital health will take transformative steps by supporting new clinical trials to address secondary prevention of Australia’s deadliest disease following an agreement between Australian digital health company Cardihab and medical research organisation, the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. The five-year agreement between Cardihab and the Baker Institute will involve several clinical trials and cohort studies…

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Blooms The Chemist Pharmacies set to support communities with vaccination rollout

Blooms The Chemist Announces Stores for Rollout across NSW, QLD & WA Leading community pharmacy network Blooms The Chemist has today announced that 17 of its community pharmacies are joining the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, commencing in locations across NSW, QLD and WA from 27 July. Community pharmacies were originally planned to begin vaccinating against…

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Pharmacy efficiencies from top to basement

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Electronic prescriptions

Electronic prescriptions making telehealth easier for Australians

Sydneysiders facing COVID-19 social distancing requirements are reminded they can ask their GP for an electronic prescription when getting their prescription medicines. NSW residents, like the majority of Australians, can now choose an electronic prescription as an alternative to a paper prescription. To meet the Government’s commitment to deliver electronic prescriptions in response to the…

Medical record

My Health Record continues to grow with the addition of new ultrasound practice uploads

Patients in Tasmania’s north west can now access ultrasound reports in My Health Record following the connection of Imaging Plus, a new practice in Burnie. Practice owner and sonographer Jarrod French said he was pleased to offer people access to their reports in My Health Record. “As well as sending reports to the referring doctor,…

Mediterranean diet

The MedWalk diet: a step closer to walking away from dementia

It’s been named the world’s best diet for weight loss, but now researchers at the University of South Australia are confident that the Mediterranean Diet – combined with a daily bout of exercise – can also stave off dementia, slowing the decline in brain function that is commonly associated with older age. In the world-first…

Green space

Every spot of green space counts

An international study of parks and gardens finds even the humble roadside verge plays an important role in the environment and for our health. The city park may be an artificial ecosystem but it plays a key role in the environment and our health, the first global assessment of the microbiome in city parks has…

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Don’t miss out: Nominations for PATY close this week

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Voice assisted tech

Voice-assisted tech giving voice to people living with Parkinson’s disease

Monash University research has found voice-assisted technologies are able to support people with speech difficulties, such as Parkinson’s disease, and could enhance early speech and language therapies.  In 2018, over 1.35 million Australian households owned a smart speaker like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. While these technologies are primarily being used for general household tasks…

Microbial therapy

Australian biotech submits for approval of world first microbial therapy

The company behind Australia’s first facility for the manufacturing of microbial therapies has set its sights on global impact, applying to the Therapeutic Goods Administration for approval of their world-first biologic drug product. South Australian based biotechnology company BiomeBank has submitted for Market Authorisation of their product for the treatment of recurrent Clostridioides difficile (C-diff)…

Prostate cancer

New AI tech for early detection of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of death by cancer in Australian men. Early detection is key to successful treatment but men often dodge the doctor, avoiding diagnosis tests until it’s too late. Now an artificial intelligence (AI) program developed at RMIT University could catch the disease earlier, allowing for…

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Clinical trials

PharmAust flags good news on key stability test for Monepantel treatment

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Children

Researchers awarded $2.4 million to fight deadly childhood cancer

Adelaide researchers and oncologists have been awarded $2.4 million to investigate the causes and treatments for neuroblastoma, the deadliest and most common solid tumour in children under the age of five. Associate Professor Yeesim Khew-Goodall and Associate Professor Quenten Schwarz from UniSA’s and SA Pathology’s Centre for Cancer Biology will lead two separate projects to…

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XELJANZ® (tofacitinib citrate) PBS-listed for patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis

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The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch celebrates NAIDOC Week 2021

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, is putting the finishing touches on commemorating NAIDOC Week 2021. NAIDOC Week occurs from 4-11 July and invites all Australians to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country. To recognise NAIDOC Week 2021, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, is sharing heart-warming stories from community…

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More Queensland Community Pharmacies join the fight in vaccinating against COVID-1

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch’s Acting President, Chris Owen said that an additional 82 community pharmacies would begin offering free COVID vaccinations to members of the community commencing in late July 2021. Up to a further 186 community pharmacies, that are already approved through the Federal Government’s EOI Process, will also join the…

SIDS

Could genetics hold the key to preventing SIDS?

A state-of-the-art genetic biobank could hold the key to preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), potentially saving the lives of hundreds of babies who die from the devastating condition each year. Developed by the University of South Australia, the biobank* comprises DNA from 25 babies who have died from SIDS in South Australia. It’s the…

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Digital records support preservation of bush medicine information

To mark NAIDOC Week 2021 (4-11 July), the Australian Digital Health Agency today released a new video showing the importance of bush medicine in Indigenous culture and health and how My Health Record can be used to manage that information for the holistic care of patients. Director of Clinical Services and Senior Medical Officer at Gurriny Yealamucka…

Fat and mood

Fat & mood

The evolution in scientific thinking about dietary fat has changed dramatically over the past century. Once considered the primary nutritional evil, today, many praise fat as a dietary saviour that we mustn’t restrict. But, as with most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. While it would be beneficial to increase the consumption of…

Medical records

Contract awarded for modernisation of national digital health infrastructure

The Australian Digital Health Agency today announced that Deloitte Consulting Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to deliver the first phase of the modernisation of the national digital health infrastructure. The contract is for the Health Information Gateway,  a pivotal piece of national digital health enabling technology that provides a secure and scalable platform…

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Researchers reduce severity of sleep apnoea by at least 30 per cent

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Ovaries

World-first artificial intelligence study to map risks of ovarian cancer in women

The University of South Australia will lead a world-first study, using artificial intelligence, to map the risks of the most fatal reproductive cancer in women worldwide so it can be detected and treated earlier. Internationally-renowned nutritional epidemiologist Professor Elina Hypponen and a team from UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health have been awarded $1.2 million…

Research

Australian research project investigating long-term impact of COVID-19 awarded 2021 Gilead Fellowship Grant

Five diverse research projects spanning COVID-19, HIV, hepatitis C elimination, CAR T cell therapy and fungal infections are the 2021 recipients of the Gilead Fellowship Research Grant. Now in its 11th year, the Fellowship has granted more than $2.6 million to research projects throughout Australia which often struggle to secure funding or face high competition.…

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Pharmacy Guild congratulates Dr David Gillespie on appointment as Minister for Regional Health

The appointment of Dr David Gillespie as Minister for Regional Health has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The National President of the Guild, Trent Twomey, congratulated Dr Gillespie on his appointment and said it came at a challenging time for patients in regional, rural and remote locations across the whole country. “Health…

Cancer screening

World first: landmark new DNA screening study to offer free genetic testing to young adults for cancer risk

A landmark new DNA screening study to identify cancer risk in young adults will go ahead, after Monash University researcher Associate Professor Paul Lacaze was awarded a $2.97 million Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant today.  The study will develop a new low-cost DNA screening test which will be offered to 10,000 young Australians. The…

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Over half of young Australians are lonely says new research

New headspace research reveals alarming increase in young people feeling isolated and lacking companionship. Insights from the headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey released today show more than one in two young people (54%) feel a sense of loneliness, an increase from 2018 (49%). headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation can today reveal the growing increase…

Breast cancer

Breast cancer breakthrough: GenesisCare launches Australian-first breast cancer biomarker test

GenesisCare is today announcing that for the first time, Australian women with noninvasive breast cancer will have access to an innovative test to help predict outcomes and inform personalised treatment plans. Almost 20,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year, with Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – a common form of non-invasive…

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Pharmacy Assistant of the Year third-party nominations closing Friday 2 July

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Getting the community together to raise awareness of bowel cancer screening among LGBTQ people

Much-loved LGBTQ community figures are fronting a new bowel cancer screening awareness campaign targeting people of diverse sexualities and genders developed by NSW’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, ACON, in partnership with the Cancer Institute NSW. Launched during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Get Your Kit Together aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer and the importance…

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NeuroScientific Biopharmaceuticals now has a research partner for its Phase I EmtinB trial

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Laughing gas could improve treatment-resistant depression

A breakthrough study finds. Around 15 percent of people with depression are resistant to regular anti-depressants and can suffer for years with no relief. But a promising new study gives hope. It’s said laughter is the best medicine and in the case of severe depression, that might be scientifically accurate. It’s an extension of previous research that found an…

Edutech app

An edutech app that makes kids answer math questions to open their phone just raised $1.94 million

An educational app that helps screen-addicted kids study has raised nearly $2 million in a crowdfunding campaign through OnMarket. 1Question launched in April via the App Store and Google Play and already has over 13,000 downloads. Ann Elnekave developed 1Question with her husband, Issac. The phone app is designed for children up to age 12…

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OPDIVO® (nivolumab) plus YERVOY® (ipilimumab) reimbursed for treatment of unresectable malignant mesothelioma

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