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The Better Healthcast is a podcast run by the Better Health Channel, where we speak to researchers, policy makers, consumers and people with lived experience about a range of topics across the health and wellbeing space.

The Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in. This information is quality-assured and reliable, up-to-date and easy to understand.

We are fully funded by the Victorian Government, with no commercial advertising or corporate sponsorship.

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The Better Healthcast is a podcast run by the Better Health Channel, where we speak to researchers, policy makers, consumers and people with lived experience about a range of topics across the health and wellbeing space.

The Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in. This information is quality-assured and reliable, up-to-date and easy to understand.

We are fully funded by the Victorian Government, with no commercial advertising or corporate sponsorship.

    Autism & Early Intervention - Prof. Cheryl Dissanayake & Beth Wakefield

    Autism & Early Intervention - Prof. Cheryl Dissanayake & Beth Wakefield

    Young children with ASD can benefit from specialised early intervention as their brains are still malleable. Hear from a parent and a Professor of Psychology who specialises in ASD about helping a child with ASD, research on ASD and the impact of early intervention.

    We're joined by Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Director of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, and Beth W. A mother of two boys, one of whom was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    • 21 min
    Trauma and Recovery - Dr. Rob Gordon & Anne Leadbeater OAM

    Trauma and Recovery - Dr. Rob Gordon & Anne Leadbeater OAM

    Traumatic events leave an indelible mark on many people – from individuals, to families, to emergency service providers, to whole communities, even an entire nation.

    This enlightening podcast will help you better understand the impact of trauma on people’s lives, how to deal with trauma and how to help others with their recovery.

    Trauma experts Dr Rob Gordon and Anne Leadbeater share valuable insights on coping with trauma, helping others who have experienced trauma, and seeking different ways to move forward.

    • 49 min
    Influenza - Dr Brett Sutton & Prof Kanta Subbarao

    Influenza - Dr Brett Sutton & Prof Kanta Subbarao

    Update: Since the recording of this episode early 2018, Dr Sutton has been promoted to the role of Victoria's Chief Health Officer.

    Influenza is a viral disease that causes widespread illness every year and can affect people of all ages and levels of health.

    In 2017 Australia saw the highest level of influenza infection since the 2009 pandemic flu season with more than 233,000 confirmed cases of influenza, compared to the 2016 season that saw over 87,000. What exactly is influenza? Why do we need to get vaccinated against it every year? How do we stop the spread of it? What is being done about it?

    To answer these questions we spoke with two experts, Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer of Communicable Disease, then a world leading expert who runs the World Health Organisation’s Collaborating Centre on Influenza from the Doherty Institute, to get the science behind the evolving flus that we see each year.

    • 22 min

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