• Are preprint medical studies eroding public trust in science?

    Open Forum     |      April 2, 2021

    Three leading medical communications organisations warn the public could lose trust in science if researchers rush to release research data, particularly during crises such as COVID-19.

  • Transforming mental health care through lived experience

    Victoria Palmer     |      March 21, 2021

    By co-designing mental health care with people who have lived experience, researchers aim to rebuild Australia’s care system.

  • Pandemic may offer opportunity to wind back unnecessary care

    Open Forum     |      March 17, 2021

    A systematic review of more than 80 scientific studies from around the world has found a pandemic-induced median reduction of 37 per cent in the use of healthcare services, such as visits to emergency departments.

  • Acting now to prevent dementia

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2021

    Dementia prevention needs to be Australia’s next public health area of focus, as the nation heads towards a projected number of one million people with dementia by 2056.

  • Healthcare sector should reach out to technology scale-ups 

    Zivit Inbar     |      March 12, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of technology and opened opportunities for the health care industry, but also showed us that we need to make some critical changes.  

  • Medical workforce data shortage hampering access to care

    Open Forum     |      March 9, 2021

    Challenges with data collection and infrastructure are affecting medical workforce research and access to medical care, particularly in rural and regional Australia, according to Australian experts.

  • Telehealth services need to be accessible to all

    Rebeccah Bartlett     |      March 5, 2021

    Distance-based care such as telehealth is now likely to become a consistent feature of community-based care models well into the future.

  • Sleep keeps teens on track for good mental health

    Open Forum     |      February 11, 2021

    As families settle back into a new school year, sleep experts at the University of South Australia are reminding parents about the importance of teenagers getting enough sleep, cautioning them that insufficient sleep can negatively affect their mental health.

  • Jabs are the key to victory

    Open Forum     |      January 31, 2021

    COVID vaccinations are in the news, but this shouldn’t overshadow the importance of existing vaccinations to diseases such as measles in reducing child mortality, particularly in the developing world.

  • Early to bed, early to rise…

    Open Forum     |      January 6, 2021

    Staying up late is often a special treat for the kids over the holidays, but if it becomes a habit it could damage their health and wellbeing, according to new research from the University of South Australia.

  • Leadership lessons from Santa

    Open Forum     |      December 19, 2020

    As Father Christmas gears up for the busiest 24 hours of his year, two doctors reflect on the skills he uses to get a seemingly impossible job done effectively and safely – and whether they can be applied to medicine.

  • How COVID changed the way we use health care

    Open Forum     |      December 18, 2020

    Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals how people’s use of health care services changed due to COVID-19.