Early Stage Melanoma Detected in Ground-Breaking New Blood Test

Perth researchers have developed a new test that is able to detect the early stages of melanoma that could save lives. The ground-breaking blood test by Edith Cowan University scientists detects auto-antibodies that the body produces in response to the melanoma when it first develops. The breakthrough came after a trial of 105 people with…

Vaccinations Encouraged to Avoid Peak Flu Season

The State Government is encouraging Western Australians to get vaccinated to ensure they are protected during the peak of the flu season. Health Minister Roger Cook said it was not too late to get vaccinated, to prevent catching the disease and prevent hospitalisation. “Each year our hospital Emergency Departments are put under additional pressure during…

Alcohol Advertisement Ban on Public Transport

Rail, digital and billboard advertising on public transport is changing, with alcohol advertisements being the first disappear, starting on train infrastructure. The changes are part of a McGowan Government election commitment, and will see all alcohol advertisements gone by March 2019. Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti is pleased to have achieved the ban on alcohol advertising…

Government Slams Anti Vax Billboard In Northbridge

Anti Vax Campaigners have targeted the streets of Northbridge, with a billboard erected on the corner of Brisbane Street and William Street, earlier this week. “You don’t know what’s in a vaccine” – the billboard reads. Roger Cook, Health Minister, said the advertisement is devious and nasty, and the misinformation can put people’s lives at…

Funding Boosts WA Health Research

Western Australia is set to get a boost in health research funding, with a range of research grants for the state. The Healthway research grants will total $1 million for projects targeting youth and migrants in the state. As part of the funding, the Telethon Kids Institute will receive $328,539 for a research project that…

Major Funding To Transform Osbourne Park Hospital

By Lucas DaPaz Osbourne Park Hospital will undergo a major transformation with record funding of $24.9 million allocated in the 2018-19 State Budget. The funding boost delivers on the McGowan Labor Government’s commitment to improve the hospital’s neonatal unit. Premier Mark McGowan said that the expansion will enhance the hospital and health care experience for…

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Katanning Health Service Features New Facilities Opened in Redevelopment

Picture Courtesy: Department Of Health The State Government has opened new facilities at Katanning Health Service, as part of major redevelopment improving health services in regional WA. The opening celebrates the completion of the new main entrance, emergency department, medical imaging and outpatient facilities, following improvements of healthcare infrastructure across 37 towns in the Wheatbelt,…

WA Experts Discuss Minimum Price Of Alcohol

The WA Preventative Health Summit bought together experts from all over the state to share their views and expertise on how to make Western Australia healthier. “Two thirds of all adults are either overweight or obese, and more worryingly 20% of our kids are now considered overweight or tipping into the obesity category,” said Health…

“Larger” Early Onset Dementia Link Prompt Youths To Rethink Alcohol

Mental health experts are calling for young people to be taught a better relationship with alcohol, after new research revealed a bigger link between excessive drinking and early onset dementia. WA Greens Mental Health spokesperson Alison Xamon said young people did not make the connection between their heavy drinking habits and health consequences later in…

Early detection project for childhood ear infections

A Telethon Kids Institute researcher and Princess Margaret Hospital audiologist is utilising telehealth technology and community based Aboriginal health workers to reduce high rates of hearing loss in urban Aboriginal children. Dr Chris Brennan Jones has been awarded a fellowship to undertake this project by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The project will…