HealthAgenda

Treatment & procedures

SHOULD YOU LIMIT YOUR X-RAY EXPOSURE?

X-rays have been used in medicine for more than 120 years. What risks do we need to be aware of?

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THE SIMPLE NEW TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH CANCER

A recent report recommends people with cancer incorporate exercise into their treatment plan. We find out why.

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FACT OR FICTION? 6 COMMON DENTAL HEALTH BELIEFS

Do you know the best way to care for your teeth and gums? We ask an expert for the facts on oral hygiene.

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AVOIDING UNEXPECTED DOCTOR’S COSTS

Understanding doctors' fees and charges is the key to avoiding bill shock. 
 
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Informed clinical consent: what you need to know

Understanding informed clinical consent is just as important as knowing about your procedure.

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BRINGING STYLE TO HOSPITAL GOWNS

This fashion start-up is bringing dignity and style to hospital gowns.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU PACK FOR A HOSPITAL STAY?

Going to hospital can be stressful. We find out what you can and can’t bring to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

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WHAT IS CHEMOTHERAPY?

Chemotherapy is a common cancer treatment: we explain what it involves and the different forms it can take. 

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Choosing the right specialist

Private health insurance enables you to choose your medical specialist – here’s how to find the right one for you.

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MEDICAL TOURISM: WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Heading overseas for surgery may be gaining popularity, but it’s important to weigh up the risks.

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TREAT MINOR BURNS?

Minor burns can be treated quickly and effectively if you know what to do.

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YOUR GUIDE TO IMPORTANT CHECK-UPS FOR CHILDREN

When do you take your child to their first eye test or dental check-up? Here’s what you need to know.

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PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR HOSPITAL

Here’s how to make the hospital experience less stressful for you and your child.

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Childhood vaccination: The facts

What you need to do to keep your child on track with the vaccination schedule, and the truth about vaccination side effects.

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The vaccination conversation: when families disagree

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of a child, disagreements can be a problem. Here’s some expert advice on starting the conversation.

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Health checks by age: the tests you should be having

Your guide to staying on top of your health, through every stage of life.

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The anti-vaccination movement:
myths vs facts

It’s a divisive, and emotive, topic. We track the history of the anti-vaccination movement and the potential consequences of under-vaccination.
 
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Do you avoid visiting the dentist?

If you’re worried about the cost, or anxious about dental treatment, you’re not alone. Tackling these issues head on is the way forward.

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MENOPAUSE: IS HRT A SAFE OPTION?

There’s a lot of confusion around the safety of Hormone Replacement Therapy. We weigh up the evidence.

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SUPPLEMENTS: SCIENCE OR SCAM?

The vitamin industry is a multi-billion dollar business, which has given rise to a sometimes uneasy mix of science and money.

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Addictive prescription drugs: understand the risks

Get the facts on opiate and benzodiazepine misuse, and how to seek help.

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How to get the most from your GP visit

Maximising your time with your doctor can bring real health benefits.


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Take control of your end of life care

Explore and document the terminal care and treatment you want to receive when the time comes.

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How chiropractic works

The method and potential benefits of chiropractic treatment and how to find a registered chiropractor.

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How CT scans work

Professor John Slavotinek, Dean of Clinical Radiology at the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Radiologists explains.

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How MRI scans work

What to expect if you need a magnetic resonance imaging scan and its uses as a diagnostic tool.

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How physiotherapy works

What physiotherapy is, what conditions it can treat and how to find a practitioner. 

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How to avoid medication interactions

Prescribed medication is an exact science so it’s important not to mix it with anything that affects how it works.
 
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Medicine cabinet essentials

Are you equipped to handle the next bout of the flu or grazed knee in your household? Make sure your supplies are up to the job.
 
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