• South Australian law reforms propose clearer access to surrogacy

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2018

    Reforms proposed to South Australian surrogacy laws recommend an updated and improved non-commercial system of domestic surrogacy to protect the interests of all parties, especially those of the surrogate child.

  • The pros and cons of robot carers

    Helen Dickinson     |      November 11, 2018

    Technology manufacturers are getting excited about the potential for robots to help care for the sick, injured and elderly, but vulnerable people themselves may be less keen and society needs to put robust regulations in place to deal with issues as they emerge.

  • The facts and fictions of hangover cures

    Merlin Thomas     |      November 11, 2018

    Three out of four people who drink to the point of intoxication will have some form of hangover the next morning. Prevention is better than cure, however, as the folk remedies which people swear by have little impact on the problem.

  • 10 health benefits of regular physical activity

    Diana Smith     |      November 7, 2018

    There are many ways we can stay physically active, from hitting the gym to going jogging, swimming or even dancing, here are ten of the benefits of getting fit and staying strong.

  • 5 ways to mitigate drug and alcohol cravings

    Tricia Moceo     |      November 5, 2018

    Practicing healthy habits helps improve everyone’s well-being, but can be especially helpful to people struggle to recover from drug and alcohol addictions. When we look after ourselves and find find pleasure in mundane daily tasks, anxiety over uncontrollable stressors – and the risk of relapse – lowers substantially.

  • Older Australians aren’t getting the exercise they need to stay healthy

    Open Forum     |      November 3, 2018

    A national survey by Australia’s national science agency has today revealed how the health of older Australians could suffer if they don’t flex their muscles at least twice a week.

  • Australians’ diet choices are affecting their health

    Open Forum     |      October 30, 2018

    As we age, our food and nutrient requirements change. However, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one thing remains consistent across all ages: the quality of our diet is poor.

  • Tainted herbal medicines can reap a heavy toll

    Crispin Savage     |      October 29, 2018

    Far from being ‘natural’ or ‘pure’, herbal medicines can contain a host of hidden and untested substances which can cause harm and even death, particularly to unsuspecting ‘medical tourists’ visiting Asia.

  • Attracting and retaining Australia’s rural health workforce

    Catherine Cosgrave     |      October 28, 2018

    The retention of health professionals in country areas needs to become a policy focus and rural health services need to be supported to work with local communities on strategies that support health workers to stay in rural areas at different ages and life stages.

  • What we need to know about online genetic testing

    Catriona May     |      October 24, 2018

    They claim to be able to discover your ethnic background, help find your soulmate and even find the right diet; but what can online DNA tests actually deliver?

  • South East Queensland’s green beacon in health care

    Edward Stoios     |      October 23, 2018

    The healthcare sector must strive for better environmental stewardship as a part of its efforts to cut costs, prevent disease and improve wellbeing and a new hospital in Queensland is leading the way.

  • Gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks bright

    Merlin Crossley     |      October 17, 2018

    Once genetic lesions for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and haemophilia were identified, the idea of replacing or correcting defective genes grew into what we now call “gene therapy” but when will the promise of cures become a reality?