• Using AI to predict hospital costs in real time

    Jinghui Liu     |      July 19, 2021

    Hospitals only know how much a patient costs once they’ve gone home, making it difficult to plan spending efficiently, but predictive algorithms can estimate costs soon after diagnosis.

  • Changing the chatter on body image

    Open Forum     |      July 18, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on people struggling with body image issues and eating disorders. A world-first chatbot has been launched in collaboration with the Butterfly Foundation to provide much-needed support to those who are struggling.

  • Precision medicine for Australians with cancer

    Open Forum     |      June 24, 2021

    A new resource developed at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and The Kinghorn Cancer Centre for oncologists could help make targeted cancer therapies more accessible for Australian patients.

  • Overshare

    Open Forum     |      June 18, 2021

    Aussie researchers who analysed more than 20,000 free apps on the Google Play Store found serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices in a range of popular health-centred phone apps.

  • A helping hand for mothers

    Open Forum     |      June 10, 2021

    Recognising the symptoms of maternal anxiety and depression can be difficult, but a new app developed by the University of South Australia and parent support group Village Foundation will help thousands of women monitor their mental health during pregnancy and after birth.

  • Remember the seasonal flu?

    Clive Williams     |      June 1, 2021

    While COVID has dominated the headlines since the start of last year, seasonal flu and other viruses will continue to kill Australians long after Covid-19 has been contained around the world.

  • Home is where the heart is

    Open Forum     |      May 31, 2021

    The number of Medicare-subsidised palliative care services received by Australians in their own home almost doubled between 2015–16 and 2019–20, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • Drug pathway could unlock treatments for diabetes and cancer

    Open Forum     |      May 28, 2021

    Scientists have visualised and investigated a key molecular pathway that could one day help treat inflammation, diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases and potentially even COVID-19.

  • It’s more than the money

    Anthony Scott     |      May 27, 2021

    While Australia’s Federal Budget promises more money to rural GPs, will the cash make a difference when to comes to getting and keeping doctors in remote Australia?

  • Medical workers face mental health crisis

    Sean Farrell     |      May 25, 2021

    Frontline medical workers across the world are more stressed, anxious and making poorer decisions, and they’re unconsciously telling us through their social media posts.

  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away

    Open Forum     |      May 21, 2021

    The first wide-ranging study to look at whether healthy food prescriptions lead to better diets and healthier patients suggests there could be some truth to the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’

  • Drug testing and opioid blockers could reduce overdose deaths

    Vernon White     |      May 17, 2021

    The incidence of drug abuse has been growing across the country, but the ability to manage addictions has not kept pace with the social toll.