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Australia’s surgical abortion rate is dropping by 5.1% per year as access to abortion drugs improves

The rate of surgical abortions nationally has declined by 5.1% per year since the listing of mifepristone/misoprostol (medical abortion) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in 2013, according to research published by the Medical Journal of Australia. “It is difficult to estimate the abortion rate in Australia, as most states do not routinely report abortion data […]

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Improving Australia’s mental health system

Patients run away from in-patient mental health facilities because they experience bad news or conflict, or because they have specific everyday things to do, a Flinders University study has found, adding fewer than 2 in every 100 patients leave care. The researchers, led by Emeritus Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane from Flinders University’s College of Nursing and […]

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Melbourne enters Australia’s toughest virus lockdown

Australia’s second-largest city entered the country’s toughest lockdown yet on Thursday, sparking a fresh wave of anxiety and confusion over ever-tougher regulations. Melbourne’s streets were visibly quieter as non-essential businesses were forced to shutter under new coronavirus rules expected to be in place for six weeks. A second lockdown for the state capital of Victoria […]