• The case for a royal commission into veteran suicide

    Luke Gosling     |      December 20, 2019

    The veteran death toll by suicide since 2001 is 10 times greater than our losses in Afghanistan and a proper investigation into causes and remedies is now urgently required.

  • Help your kids stay fit over summer

    Open Forum     |      December 16, 2019

    Aussie kids are starting their well-earned school holidays, but more screen time and snack time could have a bad effect on their health.

  • Battling the big smoke

    Lidia Morawska     |      December 14, 2019

    Sydney has been wreathed in smoke for days from spreading bushfires. Do masks and scarves help protect people’s lungs, or are Sydneysiders best advised to stay inside?

  • Measles grips Samoa

    Katherine Gibney     |      December 14, 2019

    The recent measles epidemic in Samoa is not only a tragedy in itself, but shows the potential dangers of falling vaccination rates in this country and around the world.

  • Cutting antibiotic use around surgery

    Karin Thursky     |      December 13, 2019

    New research finds antibiotics are often prescribed inappropriately before, during and after surgery, and that more needs to be done to change the culture of prescription.

  • The world can do more to fight chronic disease

    Open Forum     |      December 10, 2019

    There are plenty of evidence-based policy options for reducing chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease including tobacco taxes and encouraging exercise but many countries around the world are still not implementing them.

  • Pharmacies to the rescue

    Open Forum     |      December 9, 2019

    Pharmacists caught up in the Australian bushfire crisis are being hampered from providing timely and effective treatment to displaced people due to outdated laws, according to QUT researchers.

  • “Traffic lights” could encourage healthier food choices

    Open Forum     |      December 3, 2019

    The effectiveness of the Health Star Rating system in helping consumers make healthier food choices could be increased by using ‘traffic lights’, new research led by Curtin University has found.

  • Six ways to relax after work

    Derek Lotts     |      November 30, 2019

    Be it fishing, meditation or just a good crossword puzzle, we all need to find positive ways to wind down outside the workplace.

  • Here’s a way to end “health bill shock”

    Stephen Duckett     |      November 27, 2019

    A minority of greedy private doctors are bringing private medicine into disrepute, and reigning in their excesses would help restore public confidence in mixed healthcare.

  • Coach potato nation

    Brendon Hyndman     |      November 24, 2019

    Australians like to think of themselves as a sporty, active, outdoors nation, but in reality our young people are among the least active in the world, a trend which can only contribute to disease and obesity in the future.

  • Counting the true cost

    Open Forum     |      November 21, 2019

    Suicide statistics of non-Indigenous Australians are underestimated by 15 to 50 per cent, owing partly to coroners being confined to a binary finding of suicide or not suicide, and their desire to spare the dead person’s family the stigma of the act.