• Facing up to fentanyl

    Suzanne Nielsen     |      September 4, 2023

    Opioid addition remains a major health crisis in the USA, and Australia should guard against a similar disaster happening here.

  • Love your heart

    Open Forum     |      August 29, 2023

    International research suggests that half of all heart conditions are caused or exacerbated by five lifestyle risk factors – such as smoking or being overweight – which people can tackle to improve their health.

  • Healthier together

    Caitlin Reader     |      August 21, 2023

    Paying attention to the ‘social determinants of health’ as well as individual responsibility can reduce inequities in health outcomes, but many Australian state and federal social policies neglect them.

  • A sting in the tale

    Damon Whittock     |      August 17, 2023

    The anatomy of bee stingers could help lead to advancements in the emerging field of micro medical devices.

  • Mind over matter

    Alan Stevenson     |      August 1, 2023

    Research suggests our brain can control many facets of our daily physical lives in ways which were once thought impossible.

  • Dark winter

    Andrew Robinson     |      July 29, 2023

    In her new book Professor Raina MacIntyre proposes that we are entirely too complacent about the risks of pandemics, even after the global experience of COVID 19.

  • Local experience boosts rural health workforce

    Open Forum     |      July 9, 2023

    New research from the University of South Australia reveals that rural experience could be the key factor in increasing the number of health workers in Australia’s rural and remote communities.

  • A half empty pill box

    Open Forum     |      July 7, 2023

    Fewer than half of approved primary uses for new drugs in the US and Europe between 2011 and 2020 added substantial therapeutic value over existing treatments.

  • Calling the Medical Emergency Team

    Maddie Massy-Westropp     |      July 3, 2023

    They prevent more deaths than almost any other single hospital intervention, but introducing Medical Emergency Teams in hospitals was no easy task.

  • Put back the opiods

    Open Forum     |      June 30, 2023

    Opioid pain-relieving medicines are not more effective than a placebo in relieving acute back and neck pain and may even cause harm, according to a world-first trial led by the University of Sydney.

  • Primary care nurses can ease the GP workload

    Tracy Murphy     |      June 27, 2023

    Australia is lagging behind other countries in allowing nurses to offer safe, affordable and accessible primary care as opportunities for nurses to increase the services they provide are limited by Medicare fee-for-service rules.

  • Disaster counselling can do more harm than good

    Richard Bryant     |      June 26, 2023

    Immediate psychological counselling was offered to those affected by the Hunter Valley bus accident, as it is after every similar disaster, but the evidence shows this approach, however well-meaning, may be counter-productive.