• Aussie teens prefer screens to sleep

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2018

    New research from VicHealth and the Sleep Health Foundation has found Australian teenagers are missing out on crucial sleep due to screen time, caffeine, stress and other addressable factors.

  • Time for a shake up in musculoskeletal pain care

    Helen Slater     |      April 26, 2018

    System wide reform is required to improve the management of chronic pain in Australia and ease the suffering it brings to thousands of Australians.

  • Well-being and the great outdoors

    Vic Health     |      April 25, 2018

    Time spent outdoors in green space is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. It sounds simple. But making sure those positive benefits are extended to all corners of our community is a considerably more complex issue.

  • Understanding the social consequences of chronic back pain

    Elizabeth Cummings     |      April 22, 2018

    Efforts to help people who suffer from chronic back pain must acknowledge their diminished sense of functional capability and encourage them to accept help from others without damaging their sense of self worth.

  • Is “low carb” beer really better for you?

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2018

    “Low carb” beer is widely advertised but its implied health claims are smoke and mirrors. Health groups are calling for nutrition info panels on alcohol to help make the public make more informed consumption choices.

  • Myths and misconceptions about organ donation

    Open Forum     |      April 20, 2018

    Organ donation saves lives but research by the Organ and Tissue Authority suggests that a range of common myths and misconceptions are holding Australians back from helping others after their death.

  • Australia’s flesh eating bug requires urgent research

    Andrew Trounson     |      April 19, 2018

    A localised epidemic in temperate Australia of a rare tropical ulcer has exposed a major gap in scientific knowledge that needs urgent attention.

  • 6 natural ways to protect your skin from the sun

    Derek Lotts     |      April 17, 2018

    It’s easy to forget the need for sun protection when we holiday abroad during winter or venture outdoors on sunny days. People who prefer to avoid commercial products must still safeguard their skin, and there are a range of strategies to make sure our skin enjoys the outdoors as much as we do.

  • When the pain is the practitioner

    Cheryl Critchley     |      April 15, 2018

    Chiropractors aren’t doctors and manipulating the spine can be highly dangerous. While the vast majority of chiropractors don’t attract complaints, those that do attract a worryingly high number. 

  • Are we mishandling the treatment of chronic disease?

    Edd McCracken     |      April 14, 2018

    With nearly half of all adults in some countries experiencing more than one chronic disease, some people simply can’t afford the treatment or drugs they need.

  • Loneliness is bad for your health

    Jed Magen     |      April 10, 2018

    Research shows that people who feel lonely and experience social isolation have more health problems, feel worse and perhaps die at an earlier age. Quality of life can be greatly enhanced by engaging people in the community.

  • Unbottling the drivers of family violence 

    Vic Health     |      April 9, 2018

    The pernicious effect of alcohol often looms large in situations of family violence, so much so that it can overshadow the presence of other contributing factors.