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Palliative care services in Victoria overwhelmed: Auditor-General report finds

Julia Medew Health Editor Dying people in Victoria are facing waiting lists of up to six weeks for specialist care to relieve their pain and suffering and many who want to die at home are not able to because palliative care...

Australia's 'Dr Death' Philip Nitschke fears arrest in Britain

Euthanasia advocate Phillip Nitschke.

Julia Medew Australia's "Dr Death", Philip Nitschke, fears he could be arrested by British police when he attends an interview about his euthanasia advocacy work in the UK on Thursday.

Prisoners with hepatitis will get $2.2m help to treat infections

Infection: Hepatitis C is commonly spread through shared injecting drug use.

Julia Medew The Victorian government has said no to needle and syringe exchange to prevent more infections but will spend $2.2 million giving prisoners better access to hepatitis treatments.

Call for Abbott government to subsidise dispensing medicines that help people get off heroin

Drug experts are calling for the federal government to subsidise the dispensing of medicines that help people get off heroin and pharmaceutical opioids.

Julia Medew Leading drug experts are calling for the federal government to subsidise the dispensing of medicines that help people get off heroin and pharmaceutical opioids - an increasingly fatal and misused...

IVF: Honesty the first condition for egg donor

Julia Medew Health Editor Carla Pincombe will consider donating her eggs on one condition: the recipient parents must tell their children about her role in their creation.

Fury as Daniel Andrews axes private Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre hospital at Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

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Julia Medew, Health Editor Executives of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre say the government has put "many millions of dollars" in funding in jeopardy.

'Impostor' gynaecologist could have been injecting patients with unknown animal blood products

A Melbourne homeopath accused of posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert is expected to face more charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Julia Medew and Adam Cooper A Melbourne man accused of posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert may have been giving his patients animal products as an alternative treatment for infertility.

Euthanasia supporters, grieving families questioned by Victorian police

Dorothy Hookey took care not to implicated anyone else in her death.

Julia Medew Members of pro-euthanasia group Exit International are being warned not to talk to police, who are taking an increasing interest in the suicides of people who have dealt with the group, founder...

Exit International member's death prompts Victoria police to suspect assisted suicide

Dorothy Hookey.

Julia Medew, Health Editor Dorothy Hookey, long-time member of pro-euthanasia group Exit International knew that when she decided to take her last dose of medicine, she had to be alone.

Medibank Private boss George Savvides says he is optimistic of reform to allow insurers to cover GP visits

Julia Medew and Dan Harrison The head of Australia's largest private health insurer is optimistic the federal government end the ban on insurers covering non-hospital based primary care.

Home births could be offered by public hospitals

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Craig Butt and Julia Medew More public hospitals in Victoria could soon choose to offer publicly-funded home birth to women with organised back up if medical care is required from a doctor.

Quackdown: war on dodgy health practitioners

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Julia Medew, Craig Butt and Tammy Mills The Victorian Government is preparing new legislation to crack down on people who offer questionable and potentially dangerous health services, such as unqualified home birth assistance or...

Medical Board files charges against unregistered 'IVF expert'

Charges have been filed against Raffaele Di Paolo and his company Artemedica.

Julia Medew Health Editor A Melbourne man accused of pretending to be an obstetrician and gynaecologist with expertise in IVF is being taken to court by the Medical Board of Australia. 

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons appoints experts to review bullying, harassment in Australian hospitals

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Julia Medew, Craig Butt The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has appointed a group of high-profile health, police and discrimination experts to examine its culture and concerns that bullying and harassment are rife...

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons vows to stamp out discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying

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Julia Medew and Craig Butt The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is vowing to stamp out discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying within its ranks as the Victorian Government launches its own investigation into...

Advice to stay silent on sexual assaults slammed by Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

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Julia Medew and Craig Butt The President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has slammed a Sydney surgeon's suggestion that female doctors who are sexually harassed or assaulted by their peers should stay silent to...

Silence about sexual harassment in hospitals a major issue, doctors say

The problem of silence around reporting of sexual harassment is particularly bad in surgery because it remains a male-dominated profession, a female surgeon says.

Julia Medew, Patrick Hatch and Steve Lillebuen Sexual harassment is a major issue in Australian hospitals and victims are not speaking up because of inadequate complaint processes and fear it will ruin their careers, doctors say.

Surrogacy for gay couples in Victoria, Australia

Andrew's sister-in-law, Lani Rowell, will carry a baby for them this year.

Julia Medew For the past four years, Andrew Brough and Simon Curtis' quest to have a baby has been a costly global mission.

Young cricket fans soaking up booze advertising

Geoff Marsh with former opening partner David Boon.

Julia Medew Children watching cricket games on TV are being exposed to thousands of alcohol promotions over many hours because of a loophole in the television broadcasting code, an audit has found.

Doctor makes a plain-speaking change for Change Day

Sonia Fullerton, a doctor at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, has been instrumental in starting the

Julia Medew Dr Sonia Fullerton did something radical recently. Instead of writing up a patient's notes in medical jargon to send to other health professionals caring for that person, she decided to write the...