Labor candidate and GP says it’s time to treat schools as mass gatherings

TASMANIA’S schools and universities need to be closed now to stop the coronavirus spreading Labor candidate and GP Bastian Seidel says. “From a medical point of view it is the right thing to do.” Dr Seidel said, as the government announced it was still waiting for advice on the issue. “The only way to stop the virus spreading is to avoid mass gatherings. Isolation is … Continue reading Labor candidate and GP says it’s time to treat schools as mass gatherings

‘It’s making changes in children’s brains’: Parents warn of long-term effects of popular asthma drug Singulair

Parents of children affected by the popular asthma medication Singulair have spoken out about what they believe are the long-term side effects of the drug, with several saying they fear the psychological damage done to their children could be permanent. Health Minister Greg Hunt last week called for the Therapeutic Goods Administration to conduct an urgent review into warnings surrounding the drug, following a nine.com.au investigation. Singulair, also … Continue reading ‘It’s making changes in children’s brains’: Parents warn of long-term effects of popular asthma drug Singulair

SMA genetic screening: Couple who lost their baby fighting for others to access free testing

Rachael Casella remembers the exact moment her whole world came crashing down. “On the 11th of March, 2017, we welcomed our beautiful baby girl Mackenzie and life was perfect. We were just complete,” she said. “But at 10 weeks, a lactation consultant noticed Mackenzie was floppy and not pushing her head up like other babies and told us to go to the doctor. “We went … Continue reading SMA genetic screening: Couple who lost their baby fighting for others to access free testing

Grower Hansen Orchards looks to expand free-apple program from schools to workplaces

A Tasmanian orchard has given away 75,000 apples to schoolchildren around the state and is investigating how to share the fresh fruit buzz with the adult workforce. AS doctors call for free fruit to be issued to Tasmanian schools as a preventive health measure, a Tasmanian orchard is already generously leading the way. Hansen Orchards has given away 75,000 apples to schoolchildren around the state … Continue reading Grower Hansen Orchards looks to expand free-apple program from schools to workplaces

Children aged under five would get a free flu jab under a plan being pushed by state health ministers

A FREE flu shot would be added to the childhood immunisation schedule under a plan to be discussed by state and federal health ministers today. CHILDREN aged under five would receive a free flu vaccine every year under a push by the states to have it included in the national immunisation register. Victoria’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy, due to attend today’s COAG meeting, will ask … Continue reading Children aged under five would get a free flu jab under a plan being pushed by state health ministers

National Home Doctor Service: ’Kickbacks for kids’ in dodgy deal

A MAJOR private-equity backed after-hours medical service drew up plans for a ‘kickbacks for kids’ scheme where schoolchildren would receive fundraising dollars if they signed up as a member to the service. The Daily Telegraph has uncovered the National Home Doctor Service, majority-owned by Crescent Capital partners, drew up plans to offer schoolchildren membership in return for giving them fundraising money. It comes as exclusive, unpublished … Continue reading National Home Doctor Service: ’Kickbacks for kids’ in dodgy deal

Children exposed to CT scans face increased risk of developing cancer

Children exposed to CT scans have a higher-than-previously-thought risk of developing cancer, according to research. Key points: New analysis of 2013 research shows excess cancers occurring in children more than two years after CT scan Results indicated most of the excess cancers were caused by radiation from the scan The rate is 24 per cent higher than children who had not had CT scans CT … Continue reading Children exposed to CT scans face increased risk of developing cancer

HPV: Tasmania has lowest rate of vaccination for cancer-related virus, study reveals

National statistics show Tasmania’s vaccination rates are among the lowest for a sexually transmitted infection linked to a number of cancers, a situation doctors have described as completely unacceptable. The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare study looked at vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV) in the 2014-15 financial year. The results released today found 67 per cent of girls in Tasmania were vaccinated in … Continue reading HPV: Tasmania has lowest rate of vaccination for cancer-related virus, study reveals

One in 10 parents do not trust GPs with their child’s healthcare: survey

Some parents do not trust GPs to manage their child’s health needs, and many GPs themselves are not confident treating chronic illnesses in children, research suggests. As Melbourne hospitals continue to be overwhelmed by large numbers of children, including some with minor problems, a survey of 600 parents has found close to one in 10 are not confident in a GP’s ability to care for … Continue reading One in 10 parents do not trust GPs with their child’s healthcare: survey

Anxious parents and GPs sending children to specialists unnecessarily

Anxious parents and time poor GPs are sending children to specialist doctors for constipation, bed wetting, and concerns about how tall or short they are, contributing to long waiting lists for care in public hospitals. New research has pointed to the trend which coincides with concerns many parents are bypassing GPs to take their children to hospital emergency departments for minor conditions. A survey of 73 paediatric … Continue reading Anxious parents and GPs sending children to specialists unnecessarily