• Opioids – where to from here?

    Open Forum     |      September 14, 2019

    Opioids are among the most powerful analgesics available to medicine, but they have huge capacity to cause harm. In trying to solve one problem, is a bigger one being created?

  • Boris on the ropes

    Open Forum     |      September 14, 2019

    Boris Johnson’s previously unshakeable public persona has been tainted by the tawdry Brexit spectacle, and he could potentially be the shortest surviving UK prime minister since 1827.

  • We don’t like Fridays

    Open Forum     |      September 13, 2019

    It’s Friday the 13th today, just another date on the calendar, so why are we worried? It’s a mixture of history, superstition, human nature and the influence of pop culture.

  • Is the war against type 2 diabetes being won?

    Open Forum     |      September 13, 2019

    Prevention strategies could be contributing to a recent fall in the number of people developing type 2 diabetes in some high income countries.

  • Bringing ancient Rome to life

    Open Forum     |      September 12, 2019

    Filmmakers just love the vivid drama of Ancient Rome. But which screen visions of the ancient superpower do our history experts rate the best?

  • Can we phase out fossil fuel exports?

    Open Forum     |      September 11, 2019

    The impact of Australia’s fossil fuel exports on climate change will be discussed at a Climate Transition Lecture hosted by the Practical Justice Initiative at UNSW Sydney on September 17.

  • Farmers flouting land clearing laws threaten rare species

    Open Forum     |      September 10, 2019

    Farmers and developers have destroyed more than 7.7 million hectares of threatened species habitat in the 21st century, revealing critical failures in Australia’s federal and state environmental protection laws.

  • Conviction politics: How prisoners shaped Australian democracy

    Open Forum     |      September 9, 2019

    British deportees aren’t often celebrated for their contribution to the nation’s progressive political traditions, but they played a vital part in building the country’s values as well as early infrastructure.

  • Smartphones can help tackle Australia’s mental health crisis

    Open Forum     |      September 8, 2019

    With smartphones and smart devices now ubiquitous in most Australian homes, a review by the Black Dog Institute has identified how these technologies can be used to identify, prevent and help treat mental illness. 

  • Can we save the Tasmanian devil?

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2019

    Released on National Threatened Species Day on 7 September ,a new book offers an update on the campaign to save the Tasmanian devil, which has suffered a dramatic reduction in numbers.

  • You are what you eat

    Open Forum     |      September 6, 2019

    In a study that will shock no one, people with the healthiest lifestyles enjoyed a 75 per cent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those with the least healthy lifestyles, according to international researchers who looked at data from all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand.

  • Good teaching relationships boost exam results

    Open Forum     |      September 4, 2019

    A UNSW study has shown that students’ relationships with teachers have a major impact on their engagement in schooling and that the good relationships outweigh the bad.