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One of the architects of the National Disability Insurance Scheme says dwindling funding, staffing caps and an outdated IT system are what is preventing the NDIS from being able to provide essential services for Australians with disabilities, but says the problems are easily fixed if the Government is on board.

Posted: June 25, 2018, 2:05 pm

As the thunderstorm asthma inquest gets underway in Melbourne, a specialist says victims may have had a greater chance of survival if the seriousness of their symptoms had been noticed by people around them.

Posted: June 25, 2018, 5:38 am

Australian doctors say a commitment from the soft drink industry to reduce its sugar use by 20 per cent by 2025 is a distraction from health bodies' calls for a sugar tax.

Posted: June 25, 2018, 5:13 am

The agency overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme apologises to a Melbourne academic with a genetic neuromuscular condition who was forced to wait 12 months for a new wheelchair due to a delay with paperwork.

Posted: June 24, 2018, 11:40 pm

With Queensland the last state to debate euthanasia, a dying mother of two says her only option right now is "suicide or Switzerland" as she battles final-stage breast cancer.

Posted: June 24, 2018, 7:38 pm

An Australian medical appointment booking app, which boasts more than 15 million users a year, is passing on patients' information to personal injury lawyers and other third parties, a revelation prompting the Health Minister to order an investigation.

Posted: June 24, 2018, 7:09 pm

Chronic pain sufferer Leah Dwyer says kicking her addiction to codeine is the hardest thing she's ever done. Now experts are warning that national moves to restrict access to opioid painkillers could end up backfiring.

Posted: June 24, 2018, 5:11 am

Internal documents seen exclusively by the ABC reveal top law firm Slater and Gordon is paying out referral fees to 'partners' including telemarketers and a car rental company to get new personal injury clients through the door.

Posted: June 23, 2018, 10:06 pm

Men and women born with birth defects caused by morning sickness drug thalidomide are seeking $2.1 million to share amongst themselves to pay for home modifications and further assistance as a few dozen survivors enter their 50s and 60s.

Posted: June 23, 2018, 10:03 pm

Transplant Australia is defending Queensland's organ and tissue donation process, after a major clinical breach saw three babies receive tissue from a donor with brain cancer.

Posted: June 22, 2018, 10:20 pm

Gareth Sherring struggled to grasp the idea that men could suffer from eating disorders. After recovering from anorexia he is now supporting others through a peer support program, which has just received a financial lifeline.

Posted: June 22, 2018, 10:09 pm

Research shows many Australian medical professionals aren't confident talking to pregnant women about how to prevent a common virus in babies that can causes disabilities.

Posted: June 22, 2018, 6:46 pm

One person with disabilities is killed by their carer almost every three months in Australia, but these acts of domestic violence are often excused by the media and judiciary. The focus is too often on the killer. Here, we recognise the victims.

Posted: June 22, 2018, 6:45 pm
Dr Young speaking on serious tissue breach.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 5:09 am

An urgent review is ordered into the Queensland Heart Valve Bank, after the Health Department reveals four patients, including three babies, were given tissue from a donor who had brain cancer.

Posted: June 22, 2018, 4:08 am

More than 8 million people in Yemen are at risk of starvation and aid groups fear the battle for Hodeida, which imports most of the aid and commercial supplies shipped in to Yemen, could have widespread and fatal consequences.

Posted: June 21, 2018, 11:44 pm

A record number of naked backsides hit the water for the annual mad dash of Dark Mofo's winter solstice nude swim, with many raving about the experience.

Posted: June 21, 2018, 10:01 pm

Jazmin, 12, sometimes feels trapped in her body by a condition which causes pain and forces her to wear a brace 22 hours of the day. But braving the cold and rain to sing in front of the commuter rush is a way for her to soar free.

Posted: June 21, 2018, 9:15 pm

While some people have daring mid-winter dip in Hobart's River Derwent for Dark Mofo as a one-off, others swear by it as a once-a-week ritual to keep them sharp and healthy.

Posted: June 21, 2018, 7:25 pm
When Robert Manne was diagnosed with throat cancer he faced a stark choice: have his voice box removed, or die. A leading public intellectual, he thought at first he’d rather die than spend his life unable to speak. But now he’s back in the public domain - and still has plenty to say.
Posted: June 21, 2018, 6:28 am
Antarctic expeditioners take icy plunge at Casey station
Posted: June 21, 2018, 5:39 am

A documentary by celebrity chef Pete Evans depicts a high-fat, low-carb diet as a treatment for autism, asthma and even cancer. But how do these health claims stack up?

Posted: June 21, 2018, 1:48 am

The family of a woman whose death the Northern Territory coroner described as "preventable" are suing the Darwin Private Hospital — and the surgeon who operated on her — for at least $427,000 in damages.

Posted: June 20, 2018, 10:34 am

Described as a historic case, the Supreme Court in Brisbane grants a Toowoomba woman the right to use her dead boyfriend's sperm to have a baby, after he took his own life in 2016.

Posted: June 20, 2018, 4:58 am
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