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Call to make ecstasy legal and sell it at pharmacies

Julia Medew Most of bad consequences from use are due to impurities in illicitly manufactured drug and it being illegal, expert says.

Patients urged to help combat deadly superbug in Victorian hospitals

A dangerous superbug has arrived in Australia.

Julia Medew Hospital patients and residents of aged care facilities should start checking that nurses and doctors have washed their hands before they touch them to prevent the transmission of a potentially...

Deadly superbug found spreading in Victorian hospitals

Julia Medew A deadly superbug that kills about half of those it infects has been found spreading at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne where it may have led to two patient's deaths.

How to choose a GP and health clinic

Corporate health work can keep blood pressure in check.

Julia Medew, Health Editor Here is what you should consider when you're shopping around for a medical keeper.

Pharmacists urged to dump dubious products if they want to do doctors' work

A leading GP says homeopathic treatments should not sit alongside conventional medical treatments in retail pharmacies.

Julia Medew, Health Editor Pharmacists should stop selling dubious products including homeopathy if they want to perform work currently done by doctors under a federal government trial, a leading GP says.

Health minister Jill Hennessy describes rates of PTSD among paramedics as disturbing


Julia Medew  There are "disturbing" rates of post traumatic stress disorder among Victorian paramedics who routinely face violence, sexual harassment and bullying in the course of their work, the Victorian...

New private hospital on the table for Parkville Precinct

Julia Medew and Benjamin Preiss A new large scale private hospital is being considered for Melbourne's medical "Parkville precinct" now that plans for a private wing of the $1.

Talking about sexual issues and dementia

Julia Medew As dementia slowly took over Anne Fairhall's husband's brain during his 50s and 60s, his personality changed in many unexpected ways.

State government scraps Peter Mac Private hospital

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Julia Medew The Victorian Government has scrapped plans for a private hospital inside the new $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre that was meant to be open for privately insured Australians and...

Assistants without nursing qualifications to take blood from donors

Blood donors will be increasingly cared for by assistants without nursing qualifications under  changes being carried out by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Julia Medew Blood donors will be increasingly cared for by assistants without nursing qualifications under controversial changes being executed by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service that have sparked...

'Fake' gynaecologist Raffaele Di Paolo operating for more than a decade in Melbourne

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Julia Medew, Health Editor An Italian-born man accused of fraudulently posing as a gynaecologist with IVF expertise appears to have been operating for more than a decade in some of Melbourne's most exclusive suburbs.

Surgeon Caroline Tan breaks silence over sexual harassment in hospitals

Surgeon Caroline Tan has spoken out over sexual harassment in hospitals.

Julia Medew A neurosurgeon whose career was derailed after she spoke out about sexual assault has demanded an inquiry into the treatment of whistleblowers.

Children swamp emergency departments

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Julia Medew Young children and people aged in their 20s are visiting Victorian public emergency departments in greater numbers than the elderly, a surprising new study that calls for more resources to better...

Victorian GPs being trained to discuss with women long term contraceptive implants

A  Monash University trial is aiming to educate GPs about long acting reversible contraceptive methods.

Julia Medew An increasing number of Victorian GPs are being trained to discuss long term contraceptive implants with women to try to reduce unplanned pregnancies.

$5 rebate cut would force patients into Victorian hospitals' emergency departments


Julia Medew Victoria's busy emergency departments would be flooded with an extra 10,000 people a year if the Abbott government's $5 GP co-payment goes ahead in July, the state government claims.

Victorian emergency ward crush under $5 GP fee

Victorian emergency departments are to be flooded under $5 GP co-payment, new modelling show.

Julia Medew Victoria's busy emergency departments would be flooded with an extra 10,000 people a year if the Abbott government's $5 GP co-payment scheme goes ahead in July, state government modelling shows.

Health experts warn against fast food at Monash Children's Hospital


Julia Medew Public health experts are calling for the new Monash Children's Hospital to exclude fast food outlets and say the Royal Children's Hospital should dump its contract with McDonald's because...

Paramedics, state government strike pay deal


Julia Medew Victorian paramedics have clinched a new pay deal with the state government, ending their longest-ever industrial dispute.

Former psychiatrist Francis Bostock ordered to pay damages to patient he abused

Victorian Supreme Court

Julia Medew A former Melbourne psychiatrist who had sex with a patient for years and billed Medicare $16,000 for their time together has been ordered to pay the woman nearly $400,000 in damages.

Emergency ambulance response times: Critically ill can wait 26 minutes


Julia Medew and Craig Butt More than 86,000 critically ill people, including those having heart attacks and strokes, waited longer than 15 minutes for an ambulance last year – almost double the number who suffered the...