• Patients and the data breach notification maze

    Megan Prictor     |      August 14, 2018

    A new report confirms that Australia’s healthcare sector is susceptible to data breaches, yet the legal requirements around breach notification are inconsistent and about to get more confusing.

  • High rates of hepatitis C increase the need for prevention and treatment

    Open Forum     |      July 25, 2018

    New research from NDARC and the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney shows almost 40% of people who have injected drugs in the past year are living with hepatitis C.

  • The murky world of industry sponsored ‘health consumer’ groups

    Open Forum     |      July 24, 2018

    University of Sydney experts call for greater transparency and independence from Australian health consumer groups, as new research reveals clouded disclosures about financial support and corporate sponsorship arrangements.

  • Omega-3 supplements don’t help your heart

    Open Forum     |      July 18, 2018

    Omega-3 supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be, according to a comprehensive Cochrane review which found that increasing the amount of long-chain omega 3 fats (those found in fish) in our diets doesn’t make our hearts any healthier.

  • Nature and science join forces to fight surgical infections

    Open Forum     |      July 16, 2018

    South Australian researchers are embarking on a $20 million medical and manufacturing research project which could reduce the chance of infection after orthopaedic surgery, thanks to a little help from the humble dragonfly.

  • Starving fungal infections could save millions of lives

    Open Forum     |      June 24, 2018

    Australian researchers have identified a potentially new approach to treating lethal fungal infections that claim more than 1.6 million lives around the world every year.

  • Weight loss can reverse atrial fibrillation

    Andrew Spence     |      June 23, 2018

    Obese people suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the heart condition by losing weight according to new Australian research.

  • Why do medical specialist consultation fees vary so much?

    Andrew Trounson     |      June 16, 2018

    A new report highlights the wide variation in fees and earnings among medical specialists, pointing to the need for more transparency in healthcare charges

  • Rebalancing the patient and the system

    Michael Gill     |      June 13, 2018

    Focusing more attention on the patient and less on the clinical process should increase satisfaction for both doctors and patients and reduce unwanted side effects.

  • Hitting the ‘big six’ for six

    Lucy Carroll     |      May 26, 2018

    An innovative eHealth program launched at UNSW aims to target the six main lifestyle risk factors among teenagers – including smoking, binge drinking and unhealthy eating – to help prevent chronic disease later in life.

  • Fast food shown to slow conception

    Andrew Spence     |      May 6, 2018

    A pregnancy study of more than 5000 women in four countries has proven the virtues of eating fruit and the pitfalls of fast food when trying to conceive.

  • We can change our brain and its ability to cope with disease with simple lifestyle choices

    Yen Ying Lim     |      May 3, 2018

    Lifestyle factors such as meditation can change our brain for the better while physical activity can induce a cascade of biological processes that improve function of brain regions responsible for memory and decision making.