Department of Health media releases
20 February 2019 When scooping your poop could save your life…
It’s free, convenient and saves lives – yet around 60 percent of eligible Queenslanders aren’t completing their bowel screening kits.
18 February 2019 Summer flu surge continues
Queensland’s summer flu has continued to persist, with unusually high laboratory confirmed influenza cases.
18 February 2019 Teens missing out on life-saving vaccines
Parents are being urged to keep an eye out for consent forms and ensure their kids receive their free vaccinations, as the school immunisation program kicks off for the year.
5 February 2019 Sugar, salt, fat – oh my!
Research shows Queenslanders struggle to read and understand food labels sometimes mistaking unhealthy foods as healthy foods.
4 February 2019 Queenslanders cough up $104,000 in smoking fines
Around 400 fines were dished out last financial year to smokers who decided to light up in Queensland smoke-free zones, including bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry terminals.
31 January 2019 Statement from Queensland Health Director-General Michael Walsh
This morning, I provided allegations to a senior eHealth Queensland executive about a potential undeclared conflict of interest regarding an alleged relationship with a staff member involved with the Patient Administration System replacement.
29 January 2019 Help your child overcome those high school jitters
Parents of students starting high school this year are being urged to be on the lookout for signs of anxiety.
24 January 2019 Queensland parents can help spot the warning signs of bullying
Health authorities are calling on Queensland parents and carers to help spot and respond to bullying this school year by learning to recognise some of the common early warning signs.
24 January 2019 Cook a snag, not yourself
Queensland Health have partnered with Surf Life Saving Queensland to remind Queenslanders about the dangers of too much sun exposure ahead of Australia Day celebrations.
11 January 2019 Mad, Bad, Fad Diets
With new year best intentions waning, Queensland Health is reminding people to base their healthier choices on science and steer clear of fad diets.
10 January 2019 Safer and faster emergency healthcare
Queensland’s health system is responding with new and innovative ways that are seeing patients admitted to emergency departments sooner and safer, while getting ambulances back in the community faster.
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.