• How not to make a bed – synthetic drugs in Australia

    David Caldicott     |      January 31, 2014

    Sophisticated synthetic drugs are flooding the Australian market, and for every drug banned there are five others lurking in the wings. Emergency consultant and illicit drug expert Dr. David Caldicott says a temporary ban on these products is just a starting point to buy us some time.

  • Anti-depressant prescribing

    Steve Hambleton     |      January 24, 2014

    Australian doctors are among the highest prescribers of anti-depressants worldwide. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton thinks that while it’s a good thing that more people seek help for depression, the health system should better support doctors to spend more time with their patients.

  • Ride to cure diabetes

    Open Forum     |      January 2, 2014

    At this fundraising event people from all over Australia meet from 17 to 19 January, for just one day or the whole weekend, to cycle through the beautiful Barossa Valley. Participants can choose between 35, 80 or 160 kilometres.

  • Year in review 2013

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 23, 2013

    I would to thank you, the Open Forum community, for all the support you have shown throughout 2013. As readers and bloggers you play a major role in shaping the content of this website.

  • Bringing Christmas wishes to kids in need

    Louise Baxter     |      December 18, 2013

    Leading up to the festive season, the Starlight Children’s Foundation is working hard again to make wishes come true for hundreds of children battling a chronic or life-threatening illness. Louise Baxter asks everyone to ‘Join the Mission’ this Christmas.

  • Testosterone for diabetes prevention in men

    Professor Gary Wittert     |      December 17, 2013

    In men aged 50 or more who are overweight and have low testosterone levels the risk of developing diabetes over the next five years is extraordinarily high. Professor Gary Wittert and his team at the University of Adelaide are leading a study to investigate if testosterone supplements can prevent diabetes in these high risk men.

  • Trending in the right direction – but a long way to go

    Jane Powles     |      December 11, 2013

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently launched two reports on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Jane Powles says that while they indicate a trend in the right direction, we need ongoing commitment from the government, all states and territories.

  • How can we ensure Australians experience a ‘better’ death?

    Zoe Keon-Cohen     |      December 9, 2013

    People are living longer, and consequently the practice of medicine and the way we live and die has changed. Dr Zoe Keon-Cohen is part of a panel addressing the sensitive topic of end of life planning.

  • Grow your life and business by nurturing those around you

    John Carpenter     |      December 6, 2013

    Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. John Carpenter provides a glimpse into how nurturing, developing and caring about the people around you will accelerate your own growth and life.

  • The most important decision I didn’t make

    Leicester Warburton     |      December 6, 2013

    Australians are among the highest consumers of alcohol worldwide. Leicester Warburton has a very personal reason for urging us to better educate our children on the perils and damage of uncontrolled drinking.

  • Creating a better community for everyone

    Ron McCallum     |      December 2, 2013

    Today is the International Day of People with Disability. The Patron of this event, Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum, urges us as a community to become more aware of persons with disabilities.

  • Attitudes and evidence will underpin disability reform

    Craig Wallace     |      December 2, 2013

    There still remain a lot of barriers in our urban landscape for people with a disability. Craig Wallace would like to see a national survey on community attitudes towards disability to give us solid evidence about what these attitudes are and what could leverage change.