RACGP ramps up its Canberra presence

The RACGP is establishing a permanent office in Canberra in a sign of its increasingly prominent role as a policy advocate for general practice.  The new office will be housed in one of the best-connected pieces of real estate in the capital – the National Press Club building on National Circuit, Barton, just around the corner from Parliament House.   “We are a national organisation and … Continue reading RACGP ramps up its Canberra presence

Talking Point: We cannot fail them for the fourth time

LEGISLATION to permit voluntary assisted dying is very much in the public focus, not only here in Tasmania but across the ditch in New Zealand. Along with their much-anticipated general election, New Zealanders are invited to vote in a public referendum on the End of Life Choice Bill that received Royal assent in 2019 and will become law subject to the referendum next Saturday. It … Continue reading Talking Point: We cannot fail them for the fourth time

Labor’s Bastain Seidel delivers heartfelt contribution to voluntary assisted dying debate in Tasmanian Parliament

General practitioner turned politician, Bastian Seidel, has delivered an emotional and vivid account of the death of a young mother to illustrate his support for voluntary assisted dying in Tasmania. Debate on legislation to facilitate the end-of-life option continued in the Legislative Council on Tuesday. Elected as a Labor member for Huon last month, Dr Seidel his view on voluntary assisted dying had changed over … Continue reading Labor’s Bastain Seidel delivers heartfelt contribution to voluntary assisted dying debate in Tasmanian Parliament

Talking Point: Call off the games — it’s not worth playing with our lives

THE coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has hit home. This is no longer a problem for the Chinese or the Europeans. It is a worldwide pandemic and the concerning developments from overseas will be mirrored here in Tasmania if we are not taking action now. This is about prevention of harm to the community in the absence of any effective treatment or cure of the disease. This … Continue reading Talking Point: Call off the games — it’s not worth playing with our lives

Aussies in poorer areas 50pc more likely to be obese and die earlier than wealthy suburbs

Highlighting just how important it is for all Australian children to have access to sporting facilities, a national report today shows if you live in poorer, regional areas, you’re likely to be less healthy. A rural GP says there’s an urgent need for more sports facilities to be built outside of the cities. And health experts are also calling on the Government to put controls … Continue reading Aussies in poorer areas 50pc more likely to be obese and die earlier than wealthy suburbs

How does access to basic services impact personal success?

The ABC’s Australia Talks National Survey discovered that 69 percent of us believe that, in Australia if you work hard, you can be successful, no matter what circumstances you were born into. The logic is that Australia is a developed country with solid public education and health systems that should offer everyone a baseline of opportunity, and let talent and hard work shine through. So, … Continue reading How does access to basic services impact personal success?

Australia faces opioid crisis as companies push drugs abroad

BLACK RIVER, Australia — The coroner’s sense of futility was clear, as he investigated the death of yet another Australian killed by prescription opioids. Coroners nationwide have long urged officials to address Australia’s ballooning opioid addiction, and to create a tracking system to stop people from collecting multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors. Yet even as thousands died, the coroners’ pleas were met largely with silence. “For what … Continue reading Australia faces opioid crisis as companies push drugs abroad

‘We were desperate’: Family turns to black market for medical cannabis

Alice* watched her four-year-old son Rhys* be loaded onto an air ambulance bound for Sydney, and thought, this can’t go on. It had been the second time in two months that Rhys had been airlifted from his home in Canberra to Sydney for a five-day stay. The month prior, his condition was so bad that Alice and her family had thought they’d lost him. Rhys was born … Continue reading ‘We were desperate’: Family turns to black market for medical cannabis

60 Minutes: How ‘doctor shopping’ is letting addicts access deadly painkiller

While Sandra McGivern can’t do anything to bring her son back, she’s doing everything she can to make sure his death wasn’t in vain. Sandra’s son, Angus, died from a fentanyl overdose in September last year in Queensland. She’s dedicating her life to campaign politicians and warn others about her son’s death. “I can’t bring him back, but I will spend the rest of my … Continue reading 60 Minutes: How ‘doctor shopping’ is letting addicts access deadly painkiller

‘Antibiotics don’t cure colds’: Calls for prescription crackdown

Many Australians have a stack of paper prescriptions stuffed in a drawer or at the bottom of a cupboard – either leftover repeats or scripts that haven’t been filled but are yet to expire. Now a leading expert on drug resistance has suggested that in numerous cases, prescriptions for antibiotics should not be offered on repeat, nor handed over with a lengthy, 12-month expiry. It … Continue reading ‘Antibiotics don’t cure colds’: Calls for prescription crackdown