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Risky behaviour for teens proves hard to change

Risky behaviour for teens proves hard to change

Our teenage years are often seen as a risky period for developing lifestyle behaviours that are factors for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental health disorders. The Health4Life intervention, designed collaboratively by experts...
Vaccine misperceptions spread among parents

Vaccine misperceptions spread among parents

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted routine vaccination services worldwide, leading to a notable decline in childhood vaccination rates. This has been particularly acute in low and middle-income countries, but wealthy countries like Australia aren’t...
How do health care homes measure up?

How do health care homes measure up?

In response to the high prevalence of chronic diseases among older adults in Australia, the Health Care Homes (HCH) initiative was implemented as a primary care trial from October 2017 to June 2021. The HCH model aimed to improve the management of patients with...
How does a GP’s lifestyle advice change behaviour?

How does a GP’s lifestyle advice change behaviour?

Lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, and poor diet are well-known contributors to chronic medical conditions. Although many health guidelines stress the importance of clinicians encouraging lifestyle modifications, how effective such advice from...
Long-term risks of atrial fibrillation

Long-term risks of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) and its close cousin atrial flutter are significant causes of hospitalisation, accounting for a substantial portion of AF-related healthcare expenditures. While the immediate outcomes following hospitalisation for these cardiac arrhythmias are...
Are antipsychotic drugs safe during pregnancy?

Are antipsychotic drugs safe during pregnancy?

Antipsychotic medications occasionally need to be used by women of reproductive age and during pregnancy. But this has raised concerns about the impact of these drugs on foetal development and childhood neurodevelopment. The medications, typically prescribed for...
Impact of Long COVID continues

Impact of Long COVID continues

More than four years on from the emergence of COVID-19, in a study from Western Australia, researchers have identified a high prevalence of Long COVID symptoms, affecting the ability of some people to return to work or study. This study focused on the COVID-19 Omicron...
‘Social prescribing’ could help cure loneliness, isolation

‘Social prescribing’ could help cure loneliness, isolation

Social prescribing is being increasingly discussed in general practice and perhaps your practice is already deploying it. This concept, centered on holistic healthcare, seeks to connect patients with non-medical resources in their communities to improve overall health...
Improving preconception care with electronic medical records

Improving preconception care with electronic medical records

There’s a growing focus on “preconception care” or PCC among healthcare services and in research. PCC involves interventions to manage risk factors before pregnancy and has been shown to be effective in reducing adverse maternal and pregnancy outcomes. This includes...