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VIC MPs start emotional death bill debate

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has given an emotional account of watching his father die from cancer in support of a bid to legalise euthanasia. But his deputy is seeking to scuttle the proposed scheme and has told parliament MPs should ...

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Older men getting multiple skin cancers

Older men, particularly those from Australia’s sunshine state, account for the vast majority of non-melanoma skin cancers diagnosed in Australia. Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have for the first time measured the rates of keratinocyte cancers (non-melanoma) of ...

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Technology helps determine dementia pain

New facial recognition technology developed in Australia will help medical staff manage the pain of dementia patients who struggle to communicate. The PainChek app runs on smartphones or tablets and uses artificial intelligence to analyse facial expressions to assess pain ...

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Families bearing the cost of caring

Australia now enjoys one of the highest life expectancies in the world, but as our ageing population increases, so too does the pressure placed on the ‘Sandwich Generation’. New national research shows that this demographic of middle-aged adults is now ...

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Does frailty pose a greater surgery risk?

How frail a person is, rather than their age, may be a better predictor of surgery complications and recovery, warn Australian anaesthetists. Risks from surgery, including death, continue to decline in Australia. But as the population ages ensuring quality of ...

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LASA forges partnership with Global Ageing Network

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) has announced a formal partnership with the international aged care leadership community, Global Ageing Network (GAN). LASA chief executive Sean Rooney said that as the world’s population was collectively ageing, it was important to embrace ...

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What’s new in the voluntary euthanasia debate

About 70 per cent of voters in NSW support legislation that would allow the terminally ill to voluntarily end their own life, a poll has found. Around 18 per cent of voters were undecided and 13 per cent opposed or ...

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Hope for better liver disease treatments

Australian scientists have discovered a new cell in the liver of mice that works like a “watchman” to protect the organ from infection and potentially even scarring. The “important” discovery made at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell ...

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