Julia Medew

Julia Medew

Lap band surgery helps treat type 2 diabetes in the overweight: study

Julia Medew Lap band surgery can be an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in people who are overweight but not obese, a small but potentially game-changing study has found.

Hospital in chaos over new booking system

Julia Medew Staff at one of Melbourne's largest hospital networks say a new computerised booking system has wreaked havoc over the past year, causing untold distress for vulnerable people and putting lives at...

A son's plea to Denis Napthine: This is no way for my mother to live

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Julia Medew If it were not for some occasional snores, Sue De Ravin could be dead. The thin woman is lying motionless in a chair with her arms crossed over her chest. Her mouth is resting wide open.

Gay rights activist sacked over bumper-sticker threats

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Julia Medew A gay rights advocate has been sacked from a Victorian Government committee after threatening to produce car bumper stickers mocking its inaction on homophobia in schools.

AMA calls for 'surgery blitz' on Royal Children's Hospital waiting list

Julia Medew Doctors are calling for a $444 million elective surgery blitz to cut Victoria's waiting list and say more paediatric surgery should be done outside of the new $1 billion Royal Children's Hospital...

Urgent call for hospital security boost after neurosurgeon stabbed

Julia Medew, Kate Hagan, Mex Cooper and Nick Toscano Doctors and nurses are calling for the government to urgently improve hospital security after a vicious attack at Western Hospital left a leading surgeon battling life-threatening injuries.

Anger over spike in deaths during record Victorian heatwave

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Julia Medew Doctors and public health experts are calling for the Victorian government to urgently review its management of heatwaves as the death toll from this month's record-breaking period appears to climb.

Doctors call for new neonatal unit in Melbourne's west

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Julia Medew New data shows hospitals have been overwhelmed by seriously ill babies this year.

Public hospital boards struggle with patient care and safety, study finds

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Julia Medew Some Victorian public hospital boards and executives are struggling to deal with quality of care and patient-safety issues despite the buck stopping with them if things go wrong, according to a study...

Mercy Health research into stillbirth prevention

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Julia Medew Melbourne researchers have developed a blood test that could help prevent stillbirth, a tragedy that affects millions globally every year.

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Parents bypass clinics for Victorian children's hospitals under strain

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Julia Medew Victoria's two main children's hospitals have been swamped with sick children this year.

Potentially dangerous superbug Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus found on babies at Monash Medical Centre, Casey Hospital

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Julia Medew Doctors are trying to contain a potentially dangerous superbug which has been found on babies at Monash Medical Centre and Casey Hospital in Berwick.

Doctors and nurses criticise 'dump and run' ambulance plan

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Julia Medew and Kate Hagan Hospital staff have slammed plan for paramedics to 'dump and run' patients at hospitals.

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Dreams fulfilled as donor use soars

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Julia Medew Four years ago, Margaret Ambrose thought life couldn't get much worse. In the space of a year, she turned 40, her dog died and her long-term relationship broke down while she was preparing to start...

Abbott beseeched to help melanoma sufferer Nick Auden

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Julia Medew Prominent businessman Ron Walker says he has taken the remarkable case of Nick Auden to incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott to see if he can help the dying Australian man.

Crystal meth probe as addiction grows

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Julia Medew Victoria's damaging ice epidemic will be examined by a parliamentary inquiry as new research shows the number of addicts seeking emergency treatment has soared.

Measles outbreak fear as virus spreads


Julia Medew Health authorities are fearing a measles outbreak in Victoria after nine cases of the potentially fatal virus were diagnosed in Melbourne over the past three weeks.

Doctors bring mother back from the dead with help of new machine

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Julia Medew New technology helped save the life of a Melbourne mother who was clinically dead for 42 minutes.

Questions over salt caves' claim to fight illnesses

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Julia Medew Increasing number of alternative clinics are charging people hundreds of dollars to sit in 'salt caves' for respiratory illnesses and skin complaints such as asthma, eczema and cystic fibrosis.

No hospital beds for ill newborns

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Julia Medew Overwhelmed Victorian hospitals are closing their doors to critically ill infants, putting pregnant women and their newborns at risk of being transferred interstate this week.

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