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Mental disorders account for the third largest source of disease burden in Australia, those with severe mental illness living from 10-32 years less than the general population. This gap has grown in recent decades. It is estimated that two-thirds of these early deaths can be attributed to inadequate access to medical care, poor diets, insufficient exercise, medications that induce weight gain and subsequent lifestyle-related diseases.

So what role can exercise play in managing mental disorders, and closing this life expectancy gap?


The Australian Musculo-Skeletal Network (AMSN) was developed to provide quality inter-professional development and networking opportunities for practitioners, researchers and academics engaged in Musculo-Skeletal care.
The idea of AMSN grew out of our own frustrations at the lack of true multidisciplinary events that could be found as well as the cost and inconvenience of the CPD we had to do.  Whether it was mandatory for registration or for true interest in a professional development topic, the reality was that we lost income by having to close the Practice  and plan days of away from family.  Then we spent big money on travel, accommodation and registration fees.   Sometimes it was great to get out of town for break but mostly it was an imposition.  

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Sussan Ley, Minister for Health

Just back at work after a short holiday break since being appointed Health Minister, Sussan Ley (“Lee”) today announced the scrapping of plans to reduce by $20.00 the rebate for short (less than 10 mins) GP visits.

The decision followed widespread criticism from GPs and representative bodies such as the AMA, and predictably drew accusations of a “backflip” from the government’s political opponents.

The proposed change to the Medicare rebate system, which was due to take effect on Monday 19 January, was the Abbott government’s revision to the much criticised $7.00 co-payment, which met with intense opposition and was regarded as unlikely to be endorsed by the Senate.

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US anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny has announced the cancellation of her Australian speaking tour, citing 'bomb threats' to those venues that had agreed to continue with bookings made before widespread opposition erupted about the intention of the tour. Refunds will be made to those who purchased tickets

An online petition has been launched to encourage immigration authorities to refuse entry to US anti-vaccination crusader, Sherri Tenpenny. 

Dr Tenpenny is an osteopath who believes vaccines cause autism, asthma, ADHD and auto-immune disorder. She has planned a multi-city lecture series in March aimed at the parents of young children. The tour is supported by anti-vaccination lobbyists gathered around the now-discredited Vaccination Awareness Network that began in the Northern Rivers more than a decade ago.