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Here’s what new 60-day prescriptions mean for you and your hip pocket

From today, there are significant changes to how some common medicines are prescribed and dispensed in Australia. This means you could walk away from the pharmacy with 60-days’ worth of your usual medicine from a single prescription. Until now, most long-term medicines were only available for 30 days at a time. So the price of these medicines for some patients may effectively halve.

First Nations Artist’s Century-Old Piano Takes Centre Stage in Brisbane

A 117-year-old piano, hand-painted by Cairns First Nations artist Susan Reys, recently made headlines in Brisbane. The piano, first found at an auction in Cairns, was featured in an orchestra performance. Its unique design and history showcase the artist's talent and cultural stories.

Psychedelic medicine is on its way. But it’s not ‘doing shrooms with your shrink’. Here’s what you need to know

Many people in Australia, including psychiatrists, were surprised when earlier this year the medicines regulator down-scheduled MDMA, known colloquially as ecstasy, and psilocybin, from magic mushrooms. This means that under certain circumstances from July 1, authorised psychiatrists will be able to prescribe MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and psilocybin to treat depression that has not responded to other treatments. Patients must also undergo psychotherapy (talking therapy). It all sounds very certain but it’s not really.

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