• When should you call 000?

    Open Forum     |      May 27, 2019

    A lack of public understanding about when to call an ambulance is putting a strain on paramedic services and potentially risking lives, new research has found.

  • 5 things to know about population DNA testing

    Paul Lacaze     |      May 26, 2019

    Screening millions of healthy people for their risk of disease can be cost-effective and help save lives, but it also raises a host of ethical and regulatory concerns.

  • Improving Australia’s health system beyond the election

    Maarten IJzerman     |      May 18, 2019

    While Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, the major political parties are failing to address its long term sustainability at a time of demographic and technological change.

  • Housing is a health issue for Australians with disability

    Zoe Aitken     |      May 16, 2019

    Housing affordability and security for all Australians is a fundamental issue missing from the federal election campaign – particularly for those with disabilities.

  • How do the parties shape up on health?

    Stephen Duckett     |      May 13, 2019

    The major parties’ manifestos for the 2019 federal election present voters with starkly contrasting health policies. These policies are shaped and constrained by the overall themes presented by the party leaders, but have some unique elements.

  • Setting the record straight on home births

    Miranda Davies-Tuck     |      May 10, 2019

    More women are choosing to give birth at home, and Victoria has become the first state to issue guidelines on the trend to clinicians and health professionals.

  • Whole-genome sequencing is changing cancer care

    Maarten IJzerman     |      May 1, 2019

    Whole-genome sequencing is changing the treatment of cancer in Australia but we have to understand the scope of its usefulness in the real-world to support a more sustainable, affordable health system.

  • Making space for re-learning life skills after a stroke

    Ruby Lipson-Smith     |      April 30, 2019

    The design of rehabilitation facilities for people recovering from a stroke need to be ‘learning spaces’ that support re-acquiring lost skills.

  • Why you’re (probably) not allergic to penicillin

    Greg Kyle     |      April 29, 2019

    Are you allergic to penicillin? Perhaps you have a friend or relative who is? With about one in ten people reporting a penicillin allergy, that’s not altogether surprising, but in reality only 1 person in 50 actually is intolerant of this life saving drug.

  • A little exercise goes a long way

    Emmanuel Stamatakis     |      April 25, 2019

    People who spend much of their day sitting may need to move around less than previously thought to counteract their sedentary lifestyle, according to new research.

  • Policing on the front line of mental health emergencies

    Vernon White     |      April 24, 2019

    Police and mental health professionals must work together and ‘mind the gap’ when called to deal with people suffering mental health issues.

  • 10% of Aussies consume half the nation’s alcohol

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2019

    La Trobe University researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10 per cent of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of six standard drinks per day.