Department of Health media releases
4 January 2019 Summer flu numbers rising
Queenslanders are being urged to remain vigilant and practice good hygiene, with Summer flu numbers at the highest they have been in the last five years.
3 January 2019 ADIS website a success
Mid last year Queensland Health launched its new Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) website, providing a central point of truth for information and support around alcohol and drugs.
20 December 2018 Heart Valve Bank review shows extremely low to nil risk to patients
An independent, external review into the Queensland Heart Valve Bank, undertaken after four patients received tissue they should not have, has confirmed the risk to patients is extremely low or nil and that no other similar incidents have occurred.
14 December 2018 Get the jab, and curb the spread of whooping cough
Recent outbreaks of whooping cough at schools across the state has prompted health authorities to remind Queenslanders to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date.
14 December 2018 Relax, don’t do it… (smoke, that is)
A common excuse for Queensland smokers to avoid quitting is that smoking is relaxing, but the latest data shows it does the opposite.
20 November 2018 Go on … pick up that pea (blokes, too)!
You may have heard of the old-school method of picking up and holding an imaginary pea, but finding and exercising the pelvic floor muscles can be a little trickier than that.
15 November 2018 Catch a wave, not chlamydia
Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer is warning sexually active young Queenslanders to practice safer sex after new data reveals only 54 per cent of young people are using condoms every time they have sex.
15 November 2018 Teenagers missing out on lifesaving vaccine
New data show that a third of young Queensland teens aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) for free in the School Immunisation Program.
31 October 2018 Rotten teeth: Thousands of Queensland kids suffer decay
Around 55 per cent of children aged five to 14 attending Queensland Health oral health services have a history of tooth decay, with 24 per cent experiencing decay in four or more teeth, according to the latest data* set to be released next month.
26 October 2018 Queensland, whatcha gonna do with all that junk?
New research has put a spotlight on Queenslanders not meeting the recommended daily intake for any of the five food groups.
Gestational diabetes has become the fastest growing type of diabetes diagnosed in Queensland - affecting thousands of pregnant women - with health authorities calling on mums-to-be to reduce their risk by adopting healthy habits such as a well-balanced diet and regular physical activity.
Queensland Health is calling on parents to boost their kids’ physical activity levels, with new research showing kids are more likely to be active when the family is active.
28 September 2018 Don't die of a broken heart
On World Heart Day, Queenslanders are being asked to make a simple vow not to smoke, to eat more healthily, and to be more active to protect their heart health and prevent cardiovascular disease.
21 September 2018 Contaminated strawberries, Queensland - update 6
Police are appealing for the public to come forward with any information that could help resolve the strawberry contamination matter.
17 September 2018 Contaminated strawberries, Queensland - update 5
Investigations into cases of contaminated strawberries remain ongoing with no further updates at this time. The Queensland Government is working closely with local and interstate stakeholders as the investigation continues.
16 September 2018 Contaminated strawberries, Queensland - update 4
Investigations into cases of contaminated strawberries remain ongoing. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young confirms that Berry Licious, Berry Obsession and Donnybrook branded strawberries are the only three brands that have confirmed contaminations.
15 September 2018 Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 3
Investigations into cases of contaminated strawberries are continuing. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has confirmed that Berry Licious, Berry Obsession and Donnybrook branded strawberries are the three brands that have confirmed contaminations.
14 September 2018 Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 2
Investigations have confirmed a further three credible cases of strawberry contamination, taking the total to seven.
12 September 2018 New take on sepsis awareness
This World Sepsis Day, Queensland Health is launching a new video series to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of this potentially deadly condition.
30 August 2018 One in ten dads affected by postnatal depression
Queensland Health is shining a spotlight on mental health and wellbeing of new dads this Fathers Day, with one in 10 Australian men experiencing symptoms following the birth of a new child.