• Australia needs a national environment protection agency

    David Shearman     |      April 1, 2018

    Australia needs an independent national agency charged with safeguarding the environment and delivering effective climate policy, according to a new campaign launched by a coalition of environmental, legal and medical NGOs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 5 simple tips to help our kids cope and prosper

    Don Tustin     |      March 12, 2018

    Psychologist Don Tustin says many of his adult clients would not be experiencing mental health issues now if they had learned better coping skills between the ages of four and eight.

  • Supermarkets must start to tackle obesity

    Open Forum     |      March 10, 2018

    Australian supermarkets must take more responsibility for their role in driving Australia’s worsening rates of obesity, according to a new study ranking the nutrition policies of Australia’s biggest food chains.

  • Australia needs a colonoscopy wait-time guarantee

    Julien Wiggins     |      March 9, 2018

    Julien Wiggins, the Chief Executive Officer of Bowel Cancer Australia, calls for a colonoscopy wait-time guarantee to address delays in diagnosing Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

  • Precision healthcare and genomics: The delicate balance between what to ask and what to tell

    Marcel Dinger     |      March 5, 2018

    Precision healthcare and genomics could improve health outcomes and reduce costs, but care must be taken to avoid over-diagnosis and allay needless anxiety.