ABC - Health Looking back in time at Ararat's mental asylum 2017-10-21T14:56:28.000000000+11:00 The Ararat asylum was the first Victorian hospital to open for the mentally ill and the last to close and its unique history is being celebrated as it marks its 150 year anniversary. New play tries to shine light on living with autism 2017-10-21T13:55:45.000000000+11:00 A play run by Adelaide's Company AT and starring a cast of children with autism hopes to capture how people with learning disorders see and experience the world. 'It's about bloody time': Period 'blood' shown in advertisement in effort to confront taboos 2017-10-21T12:28:06.000000000+11:00 A British hygiene company shows a pad absorbing red — not blue — "period blood" in an advertisement for the first time, with many taking to social media to praise the realistic portrayal of what women experience during their reproductive years. Future AFL stars developing skills in new Darwin program 2017-10-21T10:28:00.000000000+11:00 A new program nurturing future AFLW players in the Northern Territory is helping participants develop skills that go beyond the playing field. What The Pho: Maggots found in meal from Canberra food van 2017-10-21T08:35:55.000000000+11:00 ACT Health is allowing a north Canberra business to continue trading after maggots were found inside a meal bought from the food van. 'Deliver your baby, take appendix out': Government's plan to alleviate doctor drought 2017-10-21T07:10:20.000000000+11:00 The Federal Government appoints Professor Paul Worley to be the National Rural Health Commissioner to lead the push to improve rural health services with a return to the "old-fashioned general practitioner". 'Heartbreaking' surrogacy laws leave 6mo twins in legal limbo 2017-10-21T06:21:38.000000000+11:00 Six-month-old twins Adeline and Savannah were born through commercial surrogacy in the United States, meaning they are legally parentless in Australia. You know of CAT scans, now meet the Kitten Scanner 2017-10-21T06:00:00.000000000+11:00 A fun-sized replica of an MRI machine at a Melbourne hospital gives children who require a scan a sense of what is involved. Tasmanian nurses fear wage rise caps will deliver lowest national pay 2017-10-20T20:49:58.000000000+11:00 A union warns the Tasmanian Government's continuing wage rise cap will make state nurses the lowest paid in Australia, causing them to seek employment elsewhere. Major defects still to be fixed at new Perth hospital — not just lead 2017-10-20T19:34:15.000000000+11:00 It turns out lead contamination is just one in a long list of problems, including issues with the mental health unit and childcare facility, that have yet to be fixed at the Perth Children's Hospital, which is more than two years behind schedule.