• An open letter to the Prime Minister

    Jamie-Lee Dwyer     |      January 9, 2019

    The greatest obstacle faced by disabled people every day is not their physical limitations but other people’s ignorance. Organisations such as Youngcare help people live their lives to their full and need greater public support.

  • 5 life lessons from our immune systems

    Joanna Groom     |      January 7, 2019

    Our immune systems protect us from innumerable threats from the outside world, and adopting some of its traits could also help us in our lives and workplaces.

  • Gearing up against skin cancer

    Andrew Trounson     |      January 6, 2019

    From state of the art mole-mapping to new drug treatments, the way we diagnose and treat skin cancers is being revolutionised, but being sensible in the sun is still the best medicine.

  • Yes please to yoghurt and cheese: The new improved Mediterranean diet

    Open Forum     |      January 2, 2019

    Thousands of Australians can take heart as new research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease – and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet.

  • Air travel and urbanisation increase the risks of contagion

    Open Forum     |      December 31, 2018

    Our cities are becoming denser, the global population is expanding and more people are travelling by air than ever – so what does this mean for the health security of Australians?

  • Healthy lifestyles and exercise help keep dementia at bay

    Cheryl Critchley     |      December 30, 2018

    Dementia cases have doubled over the past 25 years, creating enormous health challenges around the world. While its causes remain complex, mounting evidence suggests that regular exercise can help avoid or postpone it.

  • Stress takes its toll in the emergency services

    Open Forum     |      December 27, 2018

    A national study has found one in three police and emergency services employees experience high or very high psychological distress compared to one in eight Australian adults.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – inside our hospitals

    Jennifer Jamieson     |      December 25, 2018

    Christmas sees a spike in admissions to hospital trauma units, but understanding the types of injuries involved could help people take more care and prevent them.

  • How to beat holiday stress

    Jared Cooney Horvath     |      December 19, 2018

    Seventy per cent of us experience a spike in stress over the festive season, but some understanding of why we get anxious and its effect on our bodies can help us relax this Christmas.

  • Methamphetamine and alcohol remain Australia’s problem drugs

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2018

    Methamphetamine was the leading drug problem for the seventh year running according to a report by Odyssey House NSW, one of Australia’s largest alcohol and drug treatment services.

  • Australia’s aged care workforce starts to lag behind demand

    Open Forum     |      December 9, 2018

    Lower paid and lower skilled personal care workers are likely to be substituting the work of enrolled nurses in Australia’s residential aged care homes, according to new research.

  • Stumbling into the brave new world of gene editing

    Christopher Gyngell     |      December 8, 2018

    The alleged creation of the world’s first gene-edited babies in China raises serious questions about the ethics and transparency of CRISPR technology.