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Couple sues Royal Children's Hospital and VCGS over missed Fragile X diagnosis

Julia Medew A Melbourne couple are suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe...

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant: 'We went from extreme joy to utter fear'

Women have a better chance of surviving breast cancer now than they did 20 years ago.

Julia Medew It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Box Hill nurse accused of ignoring doctors' orders to feed babies formula

Melissah Burnett has won a court injunction against Eastern Health.

Julia Medew A senior nurse in charge of Box Hill hospital's special care nursery has been accused of ignoring doctors' orders to feed vulnerable babies formula and to provide them with oxygen.

Heart attacks during endurance events on the rise, doctors say

Cyclists on early morning ride in Williamstown.

Julia Medew It could be called the widow-maker. At 9.2 kilometres long, the Skenes Creek Road hill near Apollo Bay is as beautiful as it is difficult for cyclists to conquer.

Employers embrace mental health first-aid courses for workers

Mental illness costs the Australian economy billions of dollars every year.

Julia Medew Have you ever watched a colleague's mental health deteriorate without knowing what, if anything, you should do?

Thousands of health professionals 'actively monitored' to protect public: AHPRA

New data shows 5702 health professionals are being watched by AHPRA.

Julia Medew Health Editor Thousands of health professionals are being actively monitored by authorities because they have a criminal history, drug problem, health impairment, or because they are not suitably qualified...

Employers investing in workers' health to boost their bottom line

A dogs at work program by Vic Health aims to keep employees happy and productive.

Julia Medew Health Editor Every Friday Jane Shill gets to do something fun. Rather than closing the door on her dog Suki as she leaves for work, the spritely labradoodle gets packed into the car with her.  

Bacchus Marsh Hospital faces multimillion-dollar claim for 'botched birth'

Audrey Prior, a 2-year-old who was allegedly born with brain damage due to negligent care at Bacchus Marsh hospital.

Julia Medew Health Editor The first Victorian family to sue Bacchus Marsh Hospital since the government announced an inquiry into its maternity service are alleging negligence caused their baby severe brain damage...

Federal health funding cuts equivalent to closing two major Victorian hospitals

Surgeons in knee replacement operation at the Mater Hospital, Crows Nest. Generic medical, health, doctor, surgeon, drugs, syringe, patient. Monday 21st April 2008 AFR photo Louie Douvis

Julia Medew Multibillion-dollar federal funding cuts to Victoria's health system over the next decade equate to closing down two major hospitals like the Royal Melbourne which employs about 9000...

Plane trees a serious health risk during spring, doctors say

Associate Professor Euan Tovey in front of a London plane tree.

Julia Medew, Health Editor Beverley Caprioli fears that one day she will watch someone choke to death outside her cafe in Lygon Street.

Board sacked over baby deaths at Bacchus Marsh hospital

Benjamin Preiss and Julia Medew The entire board has been sacked at the Bacchus Marsh hospital where seven avoidable baby deaths in two years have been identified.

'Abortion tourism' brings scores of women to Victoria for late terminations

Abortion tourism.

Julia Medew Scores of women are flying into Victoria to have late-term abortions each year because of prohibitive laws in other states and territories.

Royal Women's Hospital refuses request for abortion of 26-week-old foetus

Julia Medew, Health Editor The Royal Women's Hospital is refusing to terminate a healthy 26-week-old foetus for a woman who says she is suicidal at times and cannot cope with the pregnancy.

Bacchus Marsh victims will not face David and Goliath legal battle: Minister

Julia Medew Health Editor Lawyers acting for Bacchus Marsh hospital have been ordered to be compassionate and fair towards families harmed by negligent care, Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy says.


Suicidal mother pleads for late term abortion at Royal Women's Hospital

A suicidal mother of two is pleading with the Royal Women's Hospital to terminate her 26 week-old fetus.

Julia Medew, Health Editor A suicidal mother of two who says her life is in a 'diabolical' state is pleading with the Royal Women's Hospital to terminate her 26-week-old fetus even though it is healthy.

Bacchus Marsh baby scandal: Women who lost babies likely to receive payouts, say lawyers

Women whose babies had been injured during birth and needed costly ongoing care for conditions such as cerebral palsy could receive multimillion-dollar payouts.

Julia Medew Women who lost babies in avoidable circumstances at Bacchus Marsh hospital are likely to be compensated by the state, a top medical negligence lawyer says

Victoria's worst hospitals for baby deaths revealed

There are concerns about infant death rates in Victorian hospitals.

Julia Medew Some Victorian hospitals have alarmingly high infant death rates that are on par with or worse than Bacchus Marsh, government data shows.

Throat and tongue cancers linked to sexually transmitted virus on the rise

Julia Medew Health Editor The sexual revolution is producing a new wave of throat and tongue cancers among middle aged people who are falling victim to a rare side effect of the "common cold of sexually transmitted...

Barriers to abortion remain in Victoria seven years after decriminalisation

Many women feel inadequately supported by doctors if they choose to terminate a pregnancy.

Julia Medew Health Editor Women seeking abortions because of fetal abnormalities are being shunted between hospitals in Victoria under an ad hoc system that leaves some feeling ashamed of their decision and thousands of...

Complaints about mental health units soar

Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr was flooded with nearly 1000 complaints last year.

Julia Medew Health Editor Complaints about mental health services have nearly doubled in Victoria.