• The mystery of the megamountains

    Open Forum     |      February 6, 2022

    Giant mountain ranges at least as high as the Himalayas and stretching up to 8,000 kilometres across entire supercontinents played a crucial role in the evolution of early life on Earth, according to a new study by researchers at The Australian National University.

  • What’s your pleasure?

    Open Forum     |      February 3, 2022

    A nationwide survey investigating the nature and extent of Australians’ pleasures has been launched this week by Southern Cross University Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Desirée Kozlowski.

  • A bright future for blue carbon

    Open Forum     |      February 3, 2022

    Blue carbon credits could encourage the return of marginal land to its natural state, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and protecting biological diversity.

  • A welcome boost for commercialising research

    Open Forum     |      February 2, 2022

    Although Scott Morrison’s appearance at the National Press Club drew headlines for more controversial reasons, his announcement of more support for commercialising research has drawn the backing of stakeholders.

  • It’s complicated

    Open Forum     |      February 1, 2022

    Around 1 in 10 stints in hospital also involve people developing a complication from the hospital treatment or procedure, but how often this occurs may have more to do with patients than the hospital itself, according to new Australian research.

  • The mystery of the missing medicines

    Open Forum     |      January 31, 2022

    Almost a fifth of medications supplied to medical and surgical wards, and emergency departments were not administered to patients according to research published by the Medical Journal of Australia.

  • Measuring social inclusion for mental health

    Open Forum     |      January 26, 2022

    An award-winning Orygen researcher’s unique measure of social inclusion is set to deliver significant benefits for people living with mental ill-health.

  • Bedtime is the best time

    Open Forum     |      January 26, 2022

    Late night movies, gaming marathons and impromptu sleepovers may have featured over the holidays, but as we near a new school term, UniSA sleep experts say it’s time to settle kids back into a regular sleep routine.

  • Soil regeneration lags behind revegetation

    Open Forum     |      January 25, 2022

    The restoration of cleared and degraded Australian landscapes takes time and patience, but the extent of residual soil deficiencies surprised researchers studying the results of a six-year native planting project in South Australia.

  • Helping kids catch up in the pandemic recovery

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2022

    Researchers have warned that children and adolescents must not be left behind in Australia’s COVID-19 recovery plans given the negative indirect impacts of the pandemic on this age group detailed in a new brief and research review by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

  • Reforming Australia’s medical billing

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2022

    New research reveals GPs and specialists are ill-equipped to manage their Medicare compliance obligations, and have trouble accessing accurate advice and education, which can lead to billing errors. It finds that structural reforms are urgently needed to address the problem.

  • There aren’t plenty of big fish left in the sea

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2022

    Humans have selectively bred domestic animals to change their size, shape and behaviour for thousands of years, but pressure on wild populations is also imposing a form of ‘artificial selection’.