• 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.

  • Patients embraced telehealth during COVID-19

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2021

    The expansion of telehealth-supported access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic was roundly embraced by general practice patients, according to new Flinders University research.

  • Growing public support for compulsory vaccines

    David Smith     |      May 12, 2021

    New research has found widespread support among Australians for mandating COVID-19 vaccinations to protect vulnerable populations and speed the return to normality.

  • Falling down

    Emi Berry     |      May 9, 2021

    Every year around the world, more than 684,000 people die as a result of a fall, and 172 million more are left with short- or long-term disability, but UNSW researchers say implementation of new fall prevention strategies could help save lives.

  • Healthier options for NSW

    Nicky Morrison     |      April 29, 2021

    NSW is developing a planning policy with the goal of creating healthy places but these laudable policy goals need to be embedded in laws and budgets to improve the lives of people in the state.

  • Malaria in the Asia Pacific

    Julia Cutts     |      April 26, 2021

    Eliminating malaria from the Asia Pacific by 2030 is an ambitious but achievable goal. It will require sustained political commitment combined with renewed investment in research and development to overcome the unique complexities of malaria in our region.

  • An unexpected upside of COVID

    Karyn Galvin     |      April 24, 2021

    The shift to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic has given people with chronic diseases more freedom and control over their lives.

  • Australia’s five per day

    Open Forum     |      April 19, 2021

    There were more than five drug-induced deaths per day in Australia in 2019, with an increase in deaths involving amphetamines and cocaine, according to a new report.

  • Hubs of hope

    Christine Grove     |      April 6, 2021

    Developing specialist youth mental health hubs could help stem the tide of mental health issues facing young people.

  • 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.