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Royal Melbourne prepares for Ebola virus cases

Julia Medew Staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital have been running drills to prepare for an Ebola case in the unlikely event the infectious disease reaches Victoria.

Measles concern as Melbourne baby diagnosed with the disease

Julia Medew A new case of measles in a Greenvale baby has sparked concern that more Victorians may be infected with the serious disease and spreading it, particularly in Melbourne's north western suburbs.  

Patients risk prosecution as medicinal cannabis faces long road to legalisation

Tom Kies has been using cannibis oil and chewing gum to treat his cancer.

Julia Medew After a week of political announcements, Victorians who believe in the healing powers of marijuana feel no closer to sourcing the drug legally and say they will continue to risk prosecution for...

Victorian government medicinal marijuana trials plan described as 'nonsense' by expert

Victorian Health Minister David Davis.

Julia Medew, Josh Gordon and Henrietta Cook A Victorian Government plan to make clinical trials of medicinal marijuana easier to conduct will do little to expand access to the drug, an expert on drug law reform says.

IVF pioneer Alan Trounson slams high cost of procedure in Australian clinics

Alan Trounson

Julia Medew IVF could be done for hundreds of dollars in Australia instead of $8500 if clinics stopped charging what ''the market will handle'', a pioneer of the technology says.

Peter Singer questions ethics of suspending Dr Philip Nitschke

Peter Singer

Julia Medew Ethicist Peter Singer has questioned the Medical Board of Australia’s decision to suspend euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke’s medical registration and says the only way to protect...

Victorian hospital bed cuts healed with $15 billion deal

Empty hHospital beds.

Larissa Nicholson and Julia Medew The Victorian government has not been able to overturn a $150 million Commonwealth funding cut to Victorian hospitals this year, but state Health Minister David Davis says it is still receiving...

Nursing homes plan to build on-site GP clinics

Aged care

Julia Medew An increasing number of aged care facilities are trying to overcome a shortage of high quality medical services by building permanent GP clinics on their premises. 

Attempted murder accused in court over stabbing of neurosurgeon Michael Wong

Attacked: Dr Michael Wong.

Mark Russell and Julia Medew The man accused of attempting to murder neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong at the Western Hospital in Footscray has appeared briefly in court.

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke banned from practising medicine

Philip Nitschke.

Julia Medew Australian health authorities have banned prominent euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke from practising medicine over his alleged handling of a depressed man seeking advice about how to kill himself.

HIV researchers hopeful of a cure, but say 'long-term remission' more likely

HIV research.

Julia Medew Leading HIV researchers are hopeful they will find a cure for the disease, but say strategies to achieve "long-term remission" are more likely to be found.

MH17 carrying 'about 100 delegates' en route to Melbourne AIDS conference

Sombre mood: The AIDS conference is due to begin in Melbourne this weekend.

Steve Lillebuen and Julia Medew About a third of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash, including a world leading HIV researcher, are believed to have been enroute to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference starting...

HIV scare for hundreds of dental patients in eastern Victoria


Julia Medew and Mex Cooper A HIV-positive dentist has been found to pose no risk to the public despite hundreds of their patients in Victoria's east being urged to undertake a test for the virus.

Surgeon speaks about being stabbed at Footscray hospital

Michael Wong, who was stabbed when he walked into work at the Western Hospital in February, has spoken of his recovery.

Julia Medew Michael Wong had just stepped through the main entrance of the Western Hospital when he felt a knife plunge deep into his back.

Shortage of neonatal cots in Victorian hospitals

Julia Medew Victoria's four neonatal intensive-care units have been overflowing with seriously ill babies for the past three weeks, so that women with high-risk pregnancies and their babies may have to be flown...

Dozens of Victorians die in blunders as hospitals feel the squeeze

A total of 48,094 patients were waiting for elective surgery in Victorian public hospitals on December 31 last year, up from 37,194 in June 2010 under Labor.

Julia Medew Dozens of Victorians were killed or seriously harmed by catastrophic errors or negligence in hospitals over the past two years and in some cases a shortage of resources may have played a role.

Da Vinci robot opens new path to prostate surgery

Associate Prof Declan Murphy with the da Vinci robot .

Julia Medew Study suggests robotic surgery may be better for men having their prostate removed.

Calls for drinking age to be raised to 21

Julia Medew Pressure is mounting for Australian governments to raise the legal drinking age to 21 to protect the health of young people whose brains are still vulnerable to the toxicity of alcohol at 18, leading...

Medical tourism set to increase

Julia Medew Victorian hospitals are likely to start treating more overseas medical tourists in coming years after the Victorian Government announced a $17.

Police investigating doctor who gave dying man drugs

Dr Rodney Syme

Julia Medew Doctor admits to giving dying man lethal drugs to end his life.