Doctor, doctor, I can’t stop laughing

Don’t laugh your head off. Friday Funnies may put you in the emergency department this week with some good old patient–doctor banter.


GP visits too costly for 1.3m needing treatment: report

Fifty per cent of Australian patients pay part of the cost of non-hospital Medicare services, according to a new report. And 1.3 million reported delaying or not seeking treatment because of costs.


Can I rely on the government’s at-home screening kit?

Janet has received a do-it-yourself bowel cancer screening kit in the mail and wants to know whether she can rely on it. Dr Troye Wallett offers his advice.

Health news

Medical groups slam ‘rogue surgeons’ on fees

Key medical bodies blast ‘rogue surgeons’ and warn of the need for second opinions after a Four Corners expose on patients charged thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket medical expenses.


New app lets you see your doctor without waiting

A new app called doctoroo enables you to have a short consultation with a GP of your choice in a digital clinic, free of waiting-room germs.


DSP approval rates hit new low

The rate at which applicants are being approved for a Disability Support Pension has fallen to the lowest number in a decade, with just 36.9 per cent being approved.


No prescription, no painkillers

Over-the-counter painkillers could be available by prescription-only after reports of misuse, addiction and death have been attributed to the drugs.

Your Health

Health information from the internet

Self-diagnosis via Dr. Google can be dangerous, yet tempting, how do you know which ones to trust? has some guidelines as to what information can be trusted.

Health News

How eHealth technology really works

The validity of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been hotly debated in government buildings, boardrooms and lounge rooms across Australia. Regardless of which side of the argument you find yourself on, you can’t help but be intrigued by the advancement of ehealth solutions which will benefit from the implementation of the NBN.