Women seeking abortions at Melbourne's leading women's hospital are being turned away amid concerns there is a shortage of doctors willing to perform the procedure.
Julia Medew is Health Editor at The Age.
A fart machine and cheerful jazz music are not usually prescribed for cancer patients, especially in operating theatres.
Drunk cyclists and pedestrians are potentially causing scores of car accidents every year in Victoria, prompting calls for them to be breath-tested and subject to the same road rules as drivers.
A fifth person has died due to Monday's extraordinary "thunderstorm asthma" crisis and six people remain in intensive care units, four of whom are critically ill, the health department says.
Victorian health authorities are under pressure to reveal why they did not issue public health warnings on Monday night about the unfolding asthma emergency that has now caused at least four deaths.
Five people are critically ill and more than 60 people remain in Victorian hospitals after Monday night's "thunderstorm asthma" crisis.
Pro-euthanasia doctors have slammed the Australian Medical Association's decision not to back assisted death laws, saying the powerful group is out of touch with the community.
Some of Melbourne's wealthiest suburbs are home to the slimmest populations in Australia, new health data shows. But in most parts of Victoria, people of a healthy weight are now a minority.
A majority of doctors support the profession being involved in assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia if laws are changed to allow it, a survey by the Australian Medical Association has found.
Two people from Melbourne's west have died, including one man forced to wait at least half an hour for an ambulance, after an unprecedented number of people fell acutely sick on Monday evening, in what is believed to be a mass incident of 'thunderstorm asthma'.