Zika Virus

Zika is a mosquito borne virus that is closely related to dengue and also yellow fever. Zika can be found in animals in many parts of Asia and Africa without any outbreaks in humans. Between 2013 and 2015 there were large outbreaks of Zika in a number of Pacific...

New measures to encourage childhood vaccinations

As a new school year gets underway, Minister for Health Sussan Ley is reminding parents on new measures to encourage families to keep their children’s vaccinations up to date. From this year, to continue receiving family assistance payments from the Commonwealth...

Discount PBS Prescriptions Start Today Jan 1

Today marks the start of landmark competition reforms in the medicines sector, whereby pharmacists are able to discount the cost of a prescription subsidised through the Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for the first time. More information: The Department...

Flu season and eczema.

Each year over winter and early spring there is a spike in the cases of influenza or ‘flu’ with some patients requiring hospitalisation but many suffer for days often wrapped up in bed at home. We will look at the flu vaccine, what it’s for, who...