• Australia’s child and youth report card – Could do better

    Open Forum     |      March 2, 2018

    The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth urge state and federal government to prioritise the problems facing young Australians as a new report finds Australia in the middle of the pack on most key measures of childhood well-being.

  • The obesity paradox – myth or reality?

    Open Forum     |      March 2, 2018

    The ‘obesity paradox’ that suggests overweight people may enjoy some protection against heart disease has been challenged by a new population study. Can people really be ‘healthy at every size’?

  • Getting aged care innovation right

    Merlin Kong     |      March 1, 2018

    The aged care sector is undergoing sweeping reforms. Merlin Kong of innovAGEING calls for a renewed focus on innovation to improve the opportunities for older people to live meaningful, dignified, and socially relevant lives.

  • The future of mental health

    Dr Peter Baldwin     |      February 27, 2018

    Depression is expected to become the largest single healthcare burden by 2030. The Black Dog Institute’s Dr Peter Baldwin looks at the role technology can play in the transformation of mental health.

  • Thanks for the cash, now what about health service reform?

    David Thorp     |      February 23, 2018

    Reforming the health system is the only way to stymie the rising economic burden of health services but how do we deliver it? Dr David Thorp considers the advantages of new forms of community health service delivery.

  • It’s time for an Indigenous Health Purchasing Authority

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      February 21, 2018

    For governments indigenous health continues to be an intractable policy problem. Author of ‘Indigeneity – a politics of potential’ Dominic O’Sullivan considers the proposal of an Indigenous Health Purchasing Authority.

  • Blueprint maps out how to give Australians a 21st century health system

    Alison Verhoeven     |      February 15, 2018

    The recent report released by Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association maps out how to transform our healthcare system into a fit-for-purpose 21st century system. Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of AHHA, advocates for the immediate roll out the recommendations.

  • Improving health literacy crucial to better health outcomes

    Grant Kardachi     |      February 15, 2018

    Health literacy and self care are vital components of a sustainable healthcare system – but Australia has disturbingly low levels of both. Grant Kardachi considers the fundamental importance of improving Australia’s health literacy.

  • Artificial intelligence & machine learning – what does it mean for healthcare?

    Megan Kennedy     |      February 12, 2018

    Is the onset of artificial intelligence to be feared or embraced? Healthcare consultant Megan Kennedy considers the revolutionary potential AI presents.

  • Functional food

    Chris Blanchard     |      February 8, 2018

    The saying ‘You are what you eat’ is at the core of the research by the Director of the Functional Grains Centre and Charles Sturt University Professor of Food Science, Chris Blanchard. He writes about innovative research to improve the health properties of the grains we eat.

  • Good habits for good environment

    Lisa Novoradovskaya     |      December 7, 2017

    Environmental damage will considerably impact generations to come. Lisa Novoradovskaya, PhD student at Curtin University, WA, explains how changing behaviours by promoting proper habits could improve our health and environment.

  • Australia comes bottom of the class on climate action

    John Iser     |      November 24, 2017

    Australia has scored poorly in the recently released Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) coming 54 of 57 countries and remaining a long way from Paris targets. Dr John Iser of Doctors for the Environment discusses the major additional effort to be undertaken if Australia is to increase its ranking.