• The roundabout risk for elderly drivers

    Open Forum     |      September 12, 2018

    Newly published research shows why so many older drivers crash at roundabouts and what can be done to improve safety.

  • ACU leads the fight against sugary drinks

    Open Forum     |      September 12, 2018

    The Australian Catholic University has become the first Australian university to remove sugary drinks from all its vending machines and hopes the move will encourage other universities, schools and workplaces to follow suit.

  • The National Emergency Access Target keeps hospitals moving

    Open Forum     |      September 10, 2018

    A UNSW-led study has confirmed for the first time that the implementation of the four-hour National Emergency Access Target has helped reduce chronic overcrowding in hospital emergency departments.

  • The ongoing threat of asbestos in Australia

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2018

    Even though the mineral was banned in 2003, asbestos lingers in older homes and, as they undergo repairs or redevelopment, harmful fibers are released, endangering home owners and construction workers.

  • Gut study questions benefits of probiotics

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2018

    New research shows that many people’s digestive tracts prevent standard probiotics from successfully colonising them. Furthermore, taking probiotics to counterbalance antibiotics could delay the return of normal gut bacteria to their original state.

  • 3 new ‘superbugs’ invade Australian hospitals

    Open Forum     |      September 5, 2018

    Three new strains of superbug resistant to most antibiotics have been found in Australian hospitals, and are spreading quickly. Modern hospital practices, including the use of antibiotic impregnated medical devices such as catheters, may have driven the evolution of this once benign bacteria towards potentially incurable infections.

  • Environmental metals a ‘global health concern’

    Open Forum     |      September 2, 2018

    Exposure to heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium in the environment is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.

  • Knee replacement rehab in private hospitals is costing us all

    Open Forum     |      August 28, 2018

    Rates of inpatient rehab after total knee replacement are increasing in Australia at a time when they are declining overseas, despite evidence that for most people it is no better than home- or community-based rehabilitation, according to Australian researchers.

  • Safer hospitals would save money as well as lives

    Open Forum     |      August 21, 2018

    A new report from the Grattan Institute argues there are simple ways to improve patient care and save public money at the same time in the nation’s hard-pressed hospitals.

  • Most opioid deaths are caused by prescription drugs

    Open Forum     |      August 21, 2018

    The number of people dying as a result of opioid use has risen markedly, says a report by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney.

  • Weight remains an unspoken concern in many GP visits

    Open Forum     |      August 20, 2018

    Despite growing levels of obesity in the Australian population, new research has found that weight is not discussed in GP surgeries as often as might be expected.

  • Health providers’ security flaws threaten patient data

    Ian Bloomfield     |      August 18, 2018

    Amid the controversy surrounding the My Health Record system, very little attention has been given to the glaring security weaknesses of the health provider systems that will be used daily to access patient information.