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Shorter stays could save Victoria's hospitals $125m a year, Auditor-General says

Julia Medew Victoria could run a whole new hospital the size of the Royal Children's if every hospital worked as efficiently as the best ones do.

Families who lost babies at Bacchus Marsh Hospital receiving compensation

Seven babies' deaths could have been prevented at Bacchus Marsh Hospital in 2013 and 2014, eminent obstetrician Euan Wallace found.

Julia Medew Families of babies who died potentially unnecessary deaths at Bacchus Marsh Hospital are accepting pay outs from the state's insurer amid predictions the medical negligence scandal could cost...

Bacchus Marsh Hospital doctor Surinder Parhar breaks silence over baby deaths

Julia Medew The doctor at the centre of the baby death scandal at Bacchus Marsh Hospital has broken his silence, defending himself and other doctors who worked for him during a series of "catastrophic" failures.

More products linked to the Coles and Woolworths salmonella outbreak

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Julia Medew Five more products have been been added to the list of pre-packaged lettuce and salad linked to a salmonella outbreak that has hospitalised two people.

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Many Australians struggling to access GPs: Productivity Commission report

One in five people say they struggled to get into a GP when they needed one last year.

Julia Medew Struggling to get into a doctor when you need one? New data shows you are not alone.

Families smuggling lethal drugs into hospitals so loved ones can die: Nitschke

blue pills close-up

Julia Medew Three people smuggled lethal drugs into Australian hospitals last year so their loved ones could secretly take their own lives when nobody was watching, euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke says.

Victorians waiting more than four years to see a public hospital specialist

Australia's organ donation rate lags behind that of 21 other nations.

Julia Medew Some Victorians are waiting more than four-and-a-half years to see a specialist doctor in a public hospital before they can be considered for further treatment including surgery, a shocking state...

Royal Melbourne Hospital attacked by damaging computer virus

The health network's website is not working and says it is

Julia Medew A virus has attacked the computer system of one of Melbourne's largest hospital networks, causing chaos for staff and patients who may face delays as a result.

The Big Sleep

Julia Medew Scientists Pat and Peter Shaw died in a suicide pact in October. Here, their daughters reflect on their parents’ plan - and their remarkable lives. By Julia Medew

'I get by with a little help from my friends': Cameron Brown's last trip home

Cameron Brown preparing for brain surgery in London.

Julia Medew If there was a manual for friendship in tough times, it should be written by Cameron Brown's mates.

Australian scientists discover new treatment for pre-eclampsia

Bianca Rotar with her baby Lexi who was born prematurely at nearly 28 weeks.

Julia Medew Australian scientists are confident they have discovered a treatment for pre-eclampsia, a condition that kills 60,000 pregnant women each year.

Police pursuit of GP accused of assisting death 'highlights need for a law'

Dr Alan Kosky, in Nagambie this week, faces questions over his provision of end-of-life care.

Julia Medew The police pursuit of a Victorian doctor who allegedly helped an elderly person die highlights the need for laws to govern assisted dying, advocates for euthanasia and assisted suicide say.

Frankston Hospital probes allergy related death of Louis Tate

Louis Tate died suddenly after being admitted to Frankston Hospital for asthma in October.

Julia Medew Simon Tate and Gabrielle Catan were just starting to let go. After 13 years of closely monitoring every piece of food their son Louis touched, the couple could see their boy...

Victorian health officials could have done more to act on Bacchus Marsh: report

Midwives raised their concerns about care at Bacchus Marsh hospital but nothing was done.

Julia Medew Attempts by midwives to raise the alarm on Bacchus Marsh hospital in 2014 were not acted on by department of health officials and the hospital's management, an independent review into Victoria's...

Sustainability warrior Joost Bakker has a new target for healthy living

Sustainability guru joost Bakker is working with Eastland shopping centre to turn their organic waste into healthy new soil for people to grow veggies in. Photo: PENNY STEPHENS. The Age. 17TH NOVEMBER 2015

Julia Medew He has inspired world leading restaurants, airlines and fast-food chains to recycle everything from plastics to urine. Now Joost Bakker has a new target: large shopping centres.

Prominent dentist Ari Masters accused of underpaying dental student

Julia Medew A prominent Melbourne dentist who spruiks a "no brace" method for teeth straightening has been accused of exploiting a dental student who was allegedly underpaid tens of thousands of dollars.

More women to be promoted in surgery to overhaul toxic sex-for-training culture

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has vowed to crack down on bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

Julia Medew More female surgeons will be promoted and bullies in the profession will be "called out" as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons tries to overhaul its reputation for being an "Anglo saxon boys...

Gluten-free movement may be driving unnecessary colonoscopies, doctor says

Some people could be getting unnecessary colonoscopies, new research shows.

Julia Medew The "gluten-free" movement and fast "McDonald's-style" medicine may be driving people to have unnecessary and invasive bowel investigations funded by Medicare, a leading doctor says.

Pharmacists to give vaccines and manage chronic diseases in Victoria

Julia Medew  Pharmacists will monitor their customers' conditions and manage medications, including giving vaccinations, in a trial with a group of doctors next year.