Regional Australians are feeling 'pill shamed' and are avoiding treatment due to the stigma around mental health medication and a lack of confidentiality in small-town pharmacies.
To get income protection and life insurance, Julie Gilbert had to declare she had received counselling for sexual abuse she says she suffered as a child and grant the insurer access to her medical history. Now, advocates want the industry to change, saying the practice goes too far and is an "unfair breach" of Australians' privacy.
A type of breast implant popular in Australia is pulled from the market in Europe after being linked to a rare kind of blood cancer, but the local health regulator says existing stock can still be used here.
Terminally ill patients in Victoria are set to be able to request a legal drug to end their lives, but strict clauses might prevent people from making that choice — even when it's their right.
Professor John Rasko is a world-leading scientist in IVF and gene therapy — fields that some claim promote "new eugenics". As a descendant of Holocaust survivors, he takes this accusation seriously.
Australian researchers call for a radical rethink about how patients are told they have cancer, suggesting the word "cancer" be dropped from low-risk diagnoses as it causes unnecessary angst for patients.
The surgery was as little as $5,990 and it was marketed towards women who were divorced or on welfare, with devastating consequences. One leading plastic surgeon says some of what he is seeing "scares" him.
A woman has gone permanently blind in one eye from having dermal filler injected into her face. It comes as surgeons warn of the risks associated with another cosmetic procedure, the Brazilian butt lift.
Surgeons are performing heart procedures, such as pacemaker implants, with the help of health technicians who are employed by the device manufacturers and have sales targets, industry insiders claim.