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Starting cervical cancer screening at age 25 is safe. The findings support the Australian government’s renewed cervical screening program (set to come into effect in May 2017), which recommends that women should start screening for cervical cancer at age 25, not age 18-20.
This article suggests that recent developments regarding abortion law in NSW and Queensland carry significant implications for doctors.
Studies are inconclusive about the benefits of the Paleo diet in patients with type 2 diabetes
Summary Type 2 diabetes is characterised by fasting hyperglycaemia as a result of insulin resistance and defects in insulin secretion. Obesity is the major risk factor for...
This audit presents evidence of high rates of suicide and self-harm in Indigenous people of the Kimberley region, and highlights the need for multidisciplinary, culturally appropriate, innovative and youth-focused approaches to suicide prevention activities.
Objective: To investigate how doctors define and use the terms “futility” and “futile treatment” in end-of-life care.
Design, setting, participants: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 96 doctors from a range of specialties which treat adults at the end...
Antidepressants are not as effective as we once believed.
SummaryAustralia has one of the highest rates of antidepressant use in the world; it has more than doubled since 2000, despite evidence showing that the effectiveness of these medications is lower than...
The global action plan of the World Health Organization (WHO) for preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases aims to substantially reduce the burden of premature mortality caused by cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease by 2025, through action on nine targets measured by 25...
It is time to re-define our criminal justice system to redress the over-reliance on incarceration as the means of achieving safer communities. A substantive reconfiguration of mental health, disability and substance misuse services is essential to provide comprehensive treatment rather than punish for vulnerable people....
Other approaches to improving chronic disease outcomes in this very unwell population need to be explored.
Objective: To conduct an economic evaluation of intensive management by Indigenous health workers (IHWs) of Indigenous adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes in rural and remote...
Describes a pattern of increasing use of methamphetamine over the past decade.
Summary There is no cause to feel impotent, despite disturbing media reports about methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine has been around for some time. Although it is now available in a crystal form...