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For those in the medical industry, the possibility of saving someone’s life is very real. For the rest of us, we assume heroes and life savers are left for televisions and the big screens. Not anymore. It’s time we celebrate those everyday heroes that selflessly go above and beyond to make a difference.

Whether it’s that dream holiday that has been years in the making, that visit with family and friends overseas or simply an excuse to escape the chill at home, we Australians love to travel. The last thing we want, then, is for something to ruin our trip. Forget about those unfortunate tan lines or questionable clothing choices, the one thing that will put a dampener on a trip faster than anything else is illness.

In light of Women’s Health Week, which is celebrated throughout the country from the 4th to the 8th of September, we take a look at what medical professionals should be keeping in mind when it comes to female patients.

There are some topics out there that will always spark a debate between individuals, whether the annual health check is necessary is such a topic.

For those in the health care industry, or any industry in fact, it is great to hear that we are doing something right. Last month Australia received some high praise, being ranked second best when it came to healthcare amongst 11 high income countries, being beaten only by Britain who took the coveted number one position.

In the beginning of August, Australia partakes in DonateLife Week. From the 30th of July to the 6th of August, this time is spent raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and inviting more people to make the life changing decision to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. But what is the process of donation, why is it so important, and why is it recommended that people register?

Good health is often about great promotion and awareness of conditions, symptoms, screening and treatments. Here are some events you may not have heard of.

While advancements in medicine over time has extended the lifespan of many Australians, it has brought about the issue of quality care for the ageing population. Now we are seeing higher demand in a range of healthcare sectors such as aged care, physiotherapy and nursing among others. For those seeking a long term, stable career that helps others, healthcare is an incredibly attractive industry to enter into.

Whilst children are on school grounds, the onus is placed on staff to ensure the safety of students to the best of their ability. With young children being prone to many ailments, from little bumps and bruises to more serious cuts, asthma attacks and allergies, it is important for education providers to be well informed and prepared for a wide host of scenarios.

It can be easy to assume that with such a demanding education and fast-paced job that it can be hard to fit in those hobbies or passions you once enjoyed. However, getting that dream job doesn’t mean giving up other things you like such as travel, and there are actually great opportunities for those who are looking to utilise their skills while seeing other parts of the world. 

With most of us working until we are at least 65 years of age before retiring, choosing a career path is not something you will enter into lightly. The amount of work required to obtain a career is extensive, especially for people looking to enter the medical field. So how can you be sure you are selecting the right medical career for you? Here are some things you should consider in the selection process.

While we’ve had the recommended intake drummed into heads, many of us a not living by the two fruits and five vegetables a day regime. To put it in numbers, only 1 in 5 Australians are getting the right intake, with the rest of us falling dismally behind.

For some of us, getting the motivation to get active and fit is hard at the best of times. It’s understandable, then, that many of struggle even more once those chilly days and even chillier nights greet us. As exercise is so essential to our overall health, it’s important to do what you can to maintain fitness in those colder months.

For those in the healthcare industry, it can be hard to switch off once the day is done. Medical careers, whether intentionally or not, have a way of forcing you to rearrange your life. Apart from the years of in-depth training that has left us missing social functions, special events and countless hours of sleep, our needs are also put to the back of mind once we start our role in healthcare.

In order to really appreciate how far medicine has come, we’re taking a look at what was once believed to be great medical advancements in history. Here are 5 of the craziest medical practices that were once the norm for doctors and patients around the world.

Continually striving to improve patient care should be an aim of any health care provider, from local GPs to hospital staff and nurses. Just as the field of medicine changes over time, so too will the way we treat patients for a number of illnesses. Here are just a few things everyone in the health care industry should be considering when it comes to effective patient care.

For doctors, their whole working lives are spent looking after other people. At its core, a career in healthcare requires a selfless attitude. However, sometimes this can become detrimental as care providers forget to provide that same high level of care to themselves. Everyday doctors encourage their patients to lead happier, healthier and more stress-free lives, but often it is the carers that are failing to live up to the same advice. So how can doctors ensure they are taking care of themselves as well?

As the cooler weather approaches, so too does a number of viral illnesses that can pose serious health issues for at risk people. Autumn and winter are especially known for cold and flu outbreaks, and many medical professionals will recommend vaccines to lessen your chances of contracting the flu.

After countless years spent on placement, in lecture theatres and locked up in your study on Saturday nights, you are finally qualified as a doctor. This can be an exciting but unnerving time in your life, since you are now applying all your theoretical and practical knowledge in real-world contexts.

The way in which we approach healthcare is constantly evolving thanks to new applications of technology to the medical industry. Find out some of the most impressive developments that are expected to gain traction in 2017.

Innovation in technology is truly remarkable. By definition, it continues to amaze us year by year no matter how many great leaps forward we take.

Oral examinations are such core practice in medicine that you’d be hard pressed to find a doctor who doesn’t perform one every day. They offer immediate information in a variety of contexts, and can be performed in a matter of seconds.

A sleep study, also known as a polysomnography, involves an overnight stay in a sleep centre, where various tests will be performed. The sleep centre will usually be similar to a hotel, with private rooms that have en-suite bathrooms attached.

In the last few years, the sale and use of wearable devices has skyrocketed. Their ability to alert you to calls, messages and emails (and who it was sent from) is great for convenience, but perhaps the most beneficial factor they offer is related to health.

Whether you’re a physician making a house call, a family stocking up your first-aid kit, or a local GP working at a clinic, there are certain medical supplies which we need to keep close by at all times.

Medical technology is advancing at a spectacular rate across the country, from innovations such as new ways to screen for cancer to full face transplants. However, the relationship that doctors have with technology is moving forward at a similarly exponential rate.

Stethoscopes are one of the most versatile and valuable tools found in healthcare. There are a huge range of stethoscopes designed for a plethora of uses, and as a result they are one of the most common medical instruments used today.

If you or a loved one have been through the medical system for any period of time, you will be very aware of how quickly paying for little things can add up. There are a host of things that you might have to pay out of your own pocket for.

Doctors are faced with challenges in their profession multiple times a day, from a difficult diagnosis to delivering bad news to a patient. One of the more commonplace, but less intense, tasks that a doctor faces is trying to facilitate patient engagement.

It is not so hard to understand why medical practitioners might not feel a clear impetus for self-improvement in the workplace. The rigours of a doctor’s education in the years before they begin practicing suggest that education marks the end of a long road.

According to the World Health Organisation, more than two billion people lack adequate access to vital medical supplies. That’s almost one third of the world’s population.

Ensuring that your vaccinations are securely and properly stored is a fundamental aspect of providing safe, effective immunisation programs. Without appropriate storage and handling techniques, vaccines can become completely rendered unsafe for human consumption and unusable.

Endoscopes have literally given us a clearer image into our bodies, and as a trusted medical device, it has helped countless patients. However, it has also been responsible for a swathe of malpractice cases over the past few years.

In the medical world, free time seems to be an ever-fleeting fantasy. With the incredibly long hours, small breaks and frenetic nature of a medical practice, being pressed for time is a constant.

At-home medical technology has completely changed the way people interact with their medical conditions. However, recent investigations into home blood pressure monitors are pointing towards issues and irregularities in many devices readings.