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Coroner: death of toddler Leroy Scott from bacterial infection could have been prevented

Julia Medew It started like so many minor childhood illnesses. Leroy Scott, a healthy and robust 15-month-old boy, was clingy and quieter than usual, and he didn't want to eat. 

Fears for health of baby on Nauru

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Julia Medew Health Editor A Nepalese asylum seeker being held on Nauru with her five-month-old baby is struggling to breastfeed and says she has not been given everything she needs to safely feed her baby formula, an...

Surgeon accused of bullying 'no longer works for Monash Health'

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Julia Medew Health Editor A senior neurosurgeon accused of intimidating junior staff and throwing surgical instruments while working at Melbourne's largest public hospital network has cut ties with her employer.

Thousands waiting too long for care in Victorian hospitals

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Julia Medew, Craig Butt and Siobhan Calafiore More than 90,000 patients waited longer than clinically recommended times for emergency care and elective surgery in Victorian hospitals during the first three months of this year.

Doctors hope new treatment for brain cancer will spare people's memories

Doctors at Epworth hospital hope to run clinical trials on new technology to treat brain tumours later this year.

Julia Medew Health Editor Every year, thousands of Australians are diagnosed with brain tumours and usually they are secondary to other cancers found in their bodies.

Young doctor blows the whistle on senior 'bully' neurosurgeon

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Julia Medew Health Editor A young doctor has accused a senior Melbourne neurosurgeon of being "extremely abusive" towards staff at Monash Medical Centre and says the hospital did not want to know about the constant fear she...

Medical students under pressure amid reports of bullying in Australian hospitals

A report by research firm Frost & Sullivan estimates the proportion of private health practitioners taking bookings online to increase rapidly from the current rate of just 3 per cent.

Julia Medew There are concerns that some doctors' use of fear and humiliation to teach medicine is contributing to high rates of anxiety, depression and burnout among students and undermining patient safety.

Women more likely to drop out of surgical training than men

Julia Medew Women are at least twice as likely to drop out of surgical training programs as men, fuelling concerns the prestigious profession is too patriarchal and in need of a cultural revolution.

Senior Monash surgeon accused of bullying

There is growing concern among junior and senior surgeons that bullying and harassment is driving bright, capable doctors out of the prestigious field.

Julia Medew A senior surgeon who has been responsible for training junior doctors at Victoria's largest public hospital service has been accused of bullying, triggering multiple investigations into her conduct.

Healthy Kids Check axed by Abbott government

Health checks for children aged three to five has been scrapped by the federal government.

Julia Medew A comprehensive health check for children aged three to five has been scrapped by the federal government to save about $144 million over four years, angering GPs and speech pathologists.

Obese, smokers and elderly more likely to be turned down for surgery

Because obese people suffer higher rates of infection, they are more likely to be turned down for surgery.

Julia Medew Obese people, smokers and the frail elderly are being increasingly turned away from surgery because the risks outweigh the benefits for them, surgeons say.

Cancer research: exercise may improve ability to cope with treatment side effects

New research suggests exercise improves cancer patients' capacity for treatment.

Julia Medew There is a growing feeling among doctors that fitness protects people during cancer treatment and may even play a role in prevention.

Home reno shows may be fuelling ladder falls, prompting calls for helmets to be worn

Julia Medew Home renovation shows including The Block may be fuelling a rise in potentially fatal ladder falls, prompting doctors to recommend bike helmets to people climbing at home.

The wrong seat belt can hurt your child

Age-appropriate restraints are needed for children.

Julia Medew  Children should be restrained with belts and booster seats that suit their age and size to better protect them from serious abdominal injuries during car accidents, doctors say.

Breast cancer screening harming hundreds of women a year: Surgeon

POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Sarah Chandler didn't view her breast cancer diagnosis as a death sentence.

Julia Medew Hundreds of Australian women are being "over diagnosed" with breast cancer every year that was never going to cause them harm and about 35,000 are receiving false positive results from...

Obese children pose challenges for anaesthetists

Childhood Obesity: Who's to blame?

Julia Medew An increasing number of obese children are suffering illnesses related to their weight, and posing new challenges for anaesthetists during surgery.

Medical journal editor sacked and editorial committee resigns

MJA's editorial board have written to Australian Medical Journal president Brian Owler to review the decision to appoint Elsevier.

Anna Patty with Julia Medew All but one member of the editorial advisory committee for Australia's top medical journal have resigned following the sacking of its eminent editor who raised concerns about a decision to outsource...

Elderly drivers as dangerous as young hoons, says geriatrician

Elderly drivers cause as many accidents as young drivers, says geriatrician David Lussier.

Julia Medew Health Editor Poor judgment and the use of prescription drugs have been pinpointed as risk factors for elderly drivers who are having as many car accidents as young reckless road users.

Australian parents of babies carried by Nepali surrogates warned of delays

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Julia Medew Dozens of Indian surrogates in Nepal are believed to be carrying babies belonging to infertile Australians who have been frantically trying to ensure their well being after last week's catastrophic...

Medibank Private under fire for secretly slashing coverage of hospital tests

Phyllis Dixon, 89, is disputing a $1500 because of changes to her medibank private health insurance. 28 April 2015. The Age NEWS. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Julia Medew  Australia's largest private health insurer is under fire for secretly slashing its coverage of common hospital tests, such as X-rays and CT scans, leaving some patients with large unexpected...