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Internet consultations get Medicare rebate

30 June 2011 - 4:13pm
From tomorrow an internet consultation with a doctor will become an official item that can be claimed under Medicare.

'It's real': Priest reveals exorcism rituals

30 June 2011 - 2:18pm
Apart from heads spinning in 360-degree circles and streams of flowing green vomit, real-life exorcisms are remarkably similar to what you see in the movies.

Allied Health Clinic approved for Broken Hill

30 June 2011 - 7:53am
A new health centre for Broken Hill has been given the go ahead, with strict conditions.

Medical Service fully staffed

30 June 2011 - 6:54am
The Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) will soon begin providing outreach dental care to neighbouring towns.

Trial to examine anaesthetic impact on memory

29 June 2011 - 6:04pm
Australian doctors are running a trial to see if patients over 65 are at risk of developing long-term memory problems from having an anaesthetic.

Tobacco giant starts plain packaging legal challenge

29 June 2011 - 2:11pm
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon has confirmed she has received legal papers from the tobacco industry over the Government's plan to enforce plain packaging of cigarettes.

Up to 8 people exposed to hendra virus

29 June 2011 - 11:00am
Queensland Health says eight people may have been exposed in the latest case of hendra virus in south-east Queensland.

Lifeline calls to be free from mobiles

29 June 2011 - 9:28am
Mobile phone calls to Lifeline are to become free from anywhere in Australia, which is expected to lead to more demand.

Coffs cardiology unit celebrates milestone surgery

29 June 2011 - 8:03am
Five years after opening its doors, the Coffs Harbour Cardiac Catheter Laboratory has treated its 1000th stent patient.

Hendra virus kills horse near Brisbane

28 June 2011 - 10:09pm
Biosecurity Queensland has quarantined a property near Beaudesert, south of Brisbane, where a horse has died from hendra virus.

Food packaging chemical may harm unborn babies

28 June 2011 - 9:15pm
A US study has raised concerns about the use of the chemical BPA in food packaging for pregnant mothers.

Support for national ban on synthetic cannabis

28 June 2011 - 2:07pm
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy says it supports calls for a national ban on synthetic cannabis as an onsite drug testing program is developed.

Territory burnt by illegal drug prices

28 June 2011 - 12:08pm
The Australian Crime Commission says people in the Northern Territory pay more than twice as much as other Australians for some illegal drugs.

Pambula Hospital in the hands of the State

28 June 2011 - 10:47am
The Member for Eden-Monaro in south east New South Wales, Mike Kelly, says the future of Pambula Hospital is out of his control, amid claims of confusion between governments.

Hulls 'lucky to be alive' after health scare

28 June 2011 - 9:54am
The Deputy Opposition Leader, Rob Hulls is recovering from a life-threatening condition that put him in an induced coma for five days.

AMA calls for independent review of four hour rule

28 June 2011 - 8:51am
The WA branch of the Australian Medical Association says there needs to be an independent review into whether figures on waiting times in public hospital emergency departments are accurate.

Neighbourhood drug lab busts up 245pc

28 June 2011 - 8:47am
The latest analysis of Australia's illegal drug trade has found a massive spike in the number of drug labs being busted across the country.

Flexibility expected under health changes

28 June 2011 - 7:56am
Upcoming health changes are expected to bring more flexibility and power to local boards on staffing and other programs.

Momentum continuing to build for Headspace Centre

28 June 2011 - 7:42am
A Broken Hill group campaigning for new youth health services in the city has toured a Headspace centre in Wagga Wagga.

Big tobacco challenge 'just the beginning'

28 June 2011 - 1:51am
Philip Morris initiates legal action over the Government's plain cigarette packaging plan, but experts say this is just the start.