• 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.

  • Why too much sugar is bad for your health

    Kieron Rooney     |      April 5, 2018

    Large amounts of sugar are hidden in our foods, causing weight gain and contributing to poor health and serious diseases. Half of us are eating too much sugar, here’s why you should cut down.

  • 1 in 20 Australian deaths are caused by alcohol and illicit drugs

    Lynelle Moon     |      April 2, 2018

    Alcohol and illicit drugs are responsible for nearly 1 in every 20 deaths in Australia, according to new analysis from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • Australia needs a moratorium on genetic tests for life insurance

    Open Forum     |      March 29, 2018

    Australian Life Insurers will no longer be able to use predictive genetic test results in underwriting, if recommendations tabled by a Parliamentary Inquiry into Life Insurance are adopted.

  • Why do so many Australians get skin cancer?

    Terry Slevin     |      March 27, 2018

    While many people blame holes in the ozone layer, the truth is that white people simply didn’t evolve to survive Australia’s savage sun exposure and any failure to ‘slip, slop, slap’ exposes pale skinned people to risk.

  • Does too much social media damage young girls?

    Cara Booker     |      March 26, 2018

    Does your daughter spend her free time browsing social media on her phone? A British study by Dr. Cara Booker has found an association between increased time spent on social media by girls in early adolescence and reduced well-being later in life.

  • The deadly science behind Russian nerve agent Novichok

    George Braitberg     |      March 25, 2018

    After Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the UK on March 4th, the British Government accused Russia of using the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok for state sponsored assassinations of its critics. Professor George Braitberg explains how it was produced and why it’s so deadly.

  • The fight against TB isn’t over

    Kathryn Snow     |      March 24, 2018

    While TB is often seen as a disease of the past, it is still endemic in many developing countries and is even making a return to the developed world.

  • Salt is one big snag to improving your diet

    Vic Health     |      March 23, 2018

    It may be a classic of Australian barbecues, but the humble sausage rolled in a slice of white bread with tomato sauce hides a half an adult’s suggested daily salt intake.

  • Pursue drug harm reduction, not a punitive response

    Deborah Rice     |      March 21, 2018

    A Melbourne roundtable organised by Australia21 argues that the social and personal toll of drug use should be tackled through harm reduction measures rather than prosecution and imprisonment.

  • Better education and monitoring should reduce harm from opiods

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    Painaustralia is calling for better education and awareness around opioid use for pain management, in light of evidence of significant harms and increasing use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.

  • The new drive to reduce smoking in Aboriginal communities

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    A new scheme is set to launch in 30 health services across Australia with the challenging aim of helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women not only understand the dangers of smoking during pregnancy, but to ultimately quit for good.