• Australia could fare worse than China in the virus outbreak

    Open Forum     |      March 13, 2020

    Australia could see higher death rates from the novel coronavirus outbreak than China, due to our relatively older population and the more severe symptoms they suffer.

  • COVID-19: Profit or people?

    Jason Kasses     |      March 11, 2020

    It’s time for Australia to take real action to prevent coronavirus taking hold in this country. Closing the nation’s borders to foreign visitors could help us contain the virus and protect our most vulnerable citizens from harm.

  • Protect the nation – or international trade?

    Nicholas Coatsworth     |      March 10, 2020

    COVID-19 has created a tightrope on which governments must balance between protecting their own citizens and maintaining diplomatic and trading relationships abroad.

  • Taking the panic out of the pandemic

    Open Forum     |      March 6, 2020

    In the wake of Australia’s first coronavirus-related death on Sunday, the nation now has just a small window of opportunity to avoid hitting the panic button.

  • Estimating the economic impact of coronavirus

    David Uren     |      March 6, 2020

    Just as the course of the virus is uncertain, so too is its likely economic impact; predictions vary wildly and it’s difficult to trace the effects of previous epidemics.

  • China’s coronavirus cover-up

    Ryan Manuel     |      March 5, 2020

    China’s draconian efforts to contain the virus outbreak followed weeks of denial and coverup in the first affected region, potentially putting the world at risk of a major epidemic.

  • Ice, ice baby

    Diane Nazaroff     |      March 5, 2020

    NSW’s Special Commission of Inquiry into methamphetamine treatment services, harm reduction and drug laws has missed an opportunity for reform.

  • Tips for traveling during the coronavirus crisis

    David Beirman     |      March 2, 2020

    As coronavirus spreads across the globe, travelers need to be smart about where they go, how they travel and what precautions they take.

  • Curbing Australia’s sweet tooth

    James Muecke     |      March 2, 2020

    We’re hardwired to love sweet things, but too much sugar is leading to an increase in type 2 diabetes. Here’s what individuals and policymakers can do cut our collective sugar intake.

  • If you need somebody to trust, trust yourself

    Open Forum     |      March 1, 2020

    New research suggests a distrust of past experience may underlie obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and the findings could help patients and treatment providers understand seemingly irrational behaviors.

  • Get social against skin cancer

    Open Forum     |      February 27, 2020

    90 per cent of young adults regularly use social media, and so it’s a resource which cannot be overlooked in the battle to combat disease, including skin cancer.

  • The ramifications of Australia’s China travel ban

    Bryan Mercuri     |      February 25, 2020

    Australia closed its borders to travelers from China at the start of February ‘to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community’ so it’s time to assess its impact on the export, education and tourism.