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Should we be going digital?

The Australian Federal Government is introducing a national digital health record system “My Health Record”. This has the backing of all of Australia’s peak health bodies, including the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian College of GPs and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. However, it has come up against some …

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Cannabis and The Elderly

Cannabis is a hot topic. The government has introduced the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, which allows for terminally ill people to possess and use cannabis but not grow it. National is proposing its own bill a “much more comprehensive and thought out” piece of legislation, which is …

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Age-related eye diseases and conditions

In our last Gazette post, “What is “normal” eye health?”, we mentioned a few eye diseases and conditions that we are at a higher risk of developing as we get older. These include: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and dry eye. While as you get older you are …

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Gum Disease – What you need to know

Many adults develop some degree of periodontal disease (gum disease) as a part of the aging process, however there are steps you can take to prevent it. Periodontal disease, or simply gum disease, is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This inflammatory disease attacks the gums, …

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What is “normal” eye health?

With an ageing population, vision loss from eye disease is beginning to require a larger chuck of the Ministry of Health’s focus, time and funding. In 2016/17 the Ministry of Health made a contribution of up to $2 million nationally to assist DHBs to develop, implement or improve care models …

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Time to screen

This issue is very close to my heart as one of my closest friends lost her Dad to bowel cancer a few years ago. It was a fast moving cancer that caused a lot of pain, confusion and grief, which I think if it could be avoided it definitely should! …

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Who will speak for you?

Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for your future health care needs. An ACP plan is a tool that can help you to think about who is in your support network and how to mobilise them should you need to.  It is …

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