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Are hearing checks part of an annual check up for your patients?

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Hearing loss due to normal ageing (presbycusis) is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. One in six Australians have hearing loss with 60 percent of people over 60 and 70 percent of people over 70 experiencing hearing difficulties. People living with diabetes or those with cardiovascular issues …

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Do you have the appropriate skills to respond to the needs of veterans?

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is holding a review of online professional development programs on veteran healthcare. Evidence provided at the Senate Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel showed that many health professionals felt under-skilled or unable to work with veterans and ex-service personnel. The aim of the …

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What are you dying to know?

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Last week our region celebrated a number of “Dying to Know Day” events to  activate conversations and curiosity, build death literacy and help grow the capacity of individuals and community groups to take action toward end of life planning. These events included a Palliative Care Qld film night and a …

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New opportunities to promote research

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Good quality research that translates into improved health outcomes in the community is the cornerstone of modern healthcare. Within the PHN boundaries, there are an increasing number of research facilities with a health focus. Our PHN has developed a research opportunities page on our website to help bring researchers and …

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Respiratory diseases among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children need a greater focus

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

A new review by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (HealthInfoNet) has found that the lung health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children requires a greater focus. The review found that best-practice medicine is essential to reduce the burden of respiratory illness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. HealthInfoNet Director, …

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Help for the homeless

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

On Saturday, 28 July the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre organised a localised Care Day for homeless and marginalised members of the community. This was a great opportunity to give vulnerable populations more information about available health services in the Sunshine Coast area. In total more than 150 community members attended the …

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Direct action needed to cure hepatitis C

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

In March 2016 a number of direct acting antiviral medications for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection were made available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. These medications are highly effective, curing over 95 percent of those treated, have little or no adverse side effects and are easily self-administered. General …

Join the walk to save people from kidney disease

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Across Australia, thousands of people will walk during September 2018 to show their support for kidney patients, families of people with kidney disease, and people at risk of developing kidney disease. Over 1.7 million people are living with kidney disease across Australia right now. Kidney Health Australia exists to help …

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New sessions to support families affected by alcohol and drugs

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Gympie families can access new support sessions to help them through the issues caused by the problematic misuse of alcohol and drugs, such as methamphetamine. Over the past 20 years Family Drug Support (FDS) has provided support to thousands family members across Australia. When someone in the family has problematic …

Public Health Advisory to GPs in Wide Bay Food recall – potential Listeria contamination

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

There is a current trade recall of frozen vegetables due to concerns about possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The recall is a precautionary measure following an investigation in Europe of an outbreak of a specific strain of L. monocytogenes with 47 cases across 5 EU countries.  The outbreak, dating back …