• Methamphetamine and alcohol remain Australia’s problem drugs

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2018

    Methamphetamine was the leading drug problem for the seventh year running according to a report by Odyssey House NSW, one of Australia’s largest alcohol and drug treatment services.

  • Australia’s aged care workforce starts to lag behind demand

    Open Forum     |      December 9, 2018

    Lower paid and lower skilled personal care workers are likely to be substituting the work of enrolled nurses in Australia’s residential aged care homes, according to new research.

  • Stumbling into the brave new world of gene editing

    Christopher Gyngell     |      December 8, 2018

    The alleged creation of the world’s first gene-edited babies in China raises serious questions about the ethics and transparency of CRISPR technology.

  • Endure as well as resist when you train to age better

    Open Forum     |      November 29, 2018

    Pumping iron might bulk up your muscles, but endurance or high intensity training protects your DNA as you age, according to German researchers.

  • Keep slapping on the suncream

    Open Forum     |      November 23, 2018

    It’s safe to slap on the sunscreen this summer – in repeated doses – despite what you may have read about the potential toxicity of sunscreens.

  • 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.