Independent and trusted advice about health safety, including information about sun safety, pesticides, screening tests, and organ donation.

Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes

Are e-cigarettes a healthy alternative to regular cigarettes?

31 Jul 2014 | They’re marketed as a cleaner, greener, healthier and safer alternative to regular combustible cigarettes, but not everyone is convinced e-cigarettes are the answer.


Chemicals in clothing

While you know about toxins in pesticides, what about the ones in your clothes?

24 Mar 2014 | While product safety is a hot legislative topic in other countries, it isn’t in in Australia.

Health screening test

Direct-to-consumer health screening

Which health screens do more harm than good?

18 Mar 2014 | Some health-screening services promise early detection of serious disease, but may instead result in unnecessary worry or false reassurance.


Organ donation

Many people support the idea of organ donation, but their wishes may go unfulfilled unless they undertake the necessary steps.

30 Dec 2013 | It's not enough to sign a register or a tick a box to signal your intent, it's important to talk to your family about your wishes.

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Secret ingredient: chemicals in cleaners

It’s not easy to find out exactly what’s in that spray bottle - and if it’s safe.

20 Nov 2013 | It’s not easy to find out exactly what’s in that household multipurpose cleaner, and if it’s safe, as manufacturers aren’t required to include ingredients on the label and many chemicals permitted for use in Australia have never been tested.

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Surviving hospital: infections

The last thing you need from a hospital stay is to contract a preventable infection.

23 Oct 2013 | Hospital-acquired infections can have serious consequences, including repeat surgery – or even fatalities – and cost Australia $1bn a year. CHOICE checks up on the situation.


Medical procedures under the knife

The safety, efficacy and cost of some common medical procedures has been called into question

20 Jun 2013 | As governments try to rein in health costs, identifying low-value medical procedures is a priority. We explain the issues for consumers, and tell you what you can do to ensure you get the best healthcare.


Endocrine disrupting chemicals

Find out which common chemicals in household and personal care products have been linked to causing some cancers and reproductive abnormalities.

23 May 2013 | Learn how to identify and avoid common chemicals in everyday products that could be doing you harm.

hazardous pesticides

Better chemical regulation

It's time for Australia to catch up with other developed countries.

17 Jun 2011 | More than 80 chemicals and pesticides no longer registered for use in Europe are available for every day agricultural and veterinary use in Australia.

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Hazardous pesticides freely available

Many chemicals available in Australia are no longer registered in Europe.

17 Jun 2011 | Cockroach baits, termite treatments, surface sprays and head lice treatments are some of the products containing ingredients that could seriously affect our health and that of our children.

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