Pill testing at music festivals saves lives. And it must be widely supported.

In the last 3 months 5 people have died in Australia as a result of using illicit drugs at music festivals. Many more ended up in hospital. Jane has arrived at the Groovygroove music festival with a group of her friends. They are all excited to be seeing some of their favourite bands and are … Continue reading Pill testing at music festivals saves lives. And it must be widely supported.

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Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?

Every day, all over Australia patients that have been treated in Emergency Departments (ED's) and need admitting to hospital are moved out into ED corridors because there are no ward beds available.  Nationally, emergency department waiting times are steadily rising. A recent report (pdf) released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that … Continue reading Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?

Keep EMERGENCY health info with you always.

Having up to date information on your medical conditions, drug allergies, next of kin and care directives is vitally important to healthcare providers. You should carry this information on you. Always.Despite initiatives such as the My Heath Record (somewhat controversially) being rolled out in Australia, your health records may not always be readily accessible in an … Continue reading Keep EMERGENCY health info with you always.