• New frailty index could improve aged care outcomes

    Open Forum     |      August 24, 2020

    A new frailty index using historical data from more than 900,000 older Australians could improve aged care and health outcomes for vulnerable older people.

  • 5 design trends reshaping healthcare institutions

    Derek Lotts     |      August 6, 2020

    Health care institutions are being forced to adapt to the current pandemic, but are also looking to improve their services in terms of institutional design as well as the delivery of care.

  • Now is not the time to shy away from innovation

    Alison Verhoeven     |      July 29, 2020

    Telehealth and virtual healthcare stand out as opportunities which should continue to be leveraged in a post-pandemic world.

  • Australia’s Health 2020 report reveals mental health crisis

    Open Forum     |      July 24, 2020

    The Australia’s health 2020 report shows one in five Australians reported a mental or behavioural condition in 2017-18, but a UNSW mental health prize is helping to highlight the work of people fighting this crisis.

  • The pathologization of normality?

    Nick Haslam     |      July 22, 2020

    Concerns that normality is being medicalised by the inflation of psychiatric diagnosis criteria appear overblown – but some conditions do need scrutiny.

  • In praise of vitamin K

    Doug Fenwick     |      July 11, 2020

    How many of you can “plank” for over an hour? Octogenarian Doug Fenwick can, and he puts his recovery from serious illness and current remarkable fitness down to Vitamin K.

  • Half a dollar for healthier kids

    Open Forum     |      July 1, 2020

    Fifty cents per child per day is all it would take to improve the nutritional value of food at long daycare centres, according to new research from Edith Cowan University.

  • The science of living longer

    Kate Gregorevic     |      July 1, 2020

    Dr Kate Gregorevic’s new book, Staying Alive: the Science of Living Healthier, Happier and Longer, applies the science of longevity to everyday life; and this edited extract explores how the small daily decisions we make now can help us live better for longer.

  • Charting the success of telehealth in lockdown

    Centaine Snoswell     |      June 24, 2020

    Telehealth is not new, but its uptake was slow and fragmented until COVID-19 came along. The challenge now is to make it a sustainable and routine part of health care into the future.

  • 7 lessons for Australia’s health system

    Stephen Duckett     |      June 22, 2020

    In a report released today, the Grattan Institute outlines seven key lessons that can help make the health system more effective, efficient and equitable, and better able to deal with future crises.

  • Making the most of telehealth consultations

    Breanna Wright     |      June 6, 2020

    Both health professionals and patients need to make some behavioural adjustments to get the most out of their telehealth appointments.

  • Epigenetics holds the key to new blood treatments

    Open Forum     |      May 26, 2020

    New research into epigenetics will help scientists investigate new treatments for blood disorders.