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Teen terminal illness blurs boundaries

Teen terminal illness blurs boundaries

Blurring professional and personal boundaries can sometimes happen when it comes to caring for adolescents and young adults (AYA) with a terminal illness, according to a Flinders University palliative care expert. Ms Kim Devery, a lecturer in the Department of Palliative and Supportive Services, and colleague Mrs Sharon Bowering last week presented a keynote addressContinue Reading

Australia’s long campaign to secure voters from regional ‘threats’

Australia’s long campaign to secure voters from regional ‘threats’

Australian political leaders keep finding new and innovative ways to position themselves as ‘national defenders’ in the face of regional challenges and threats, according to new research by the University of Melbourne. Political communication analyst Dr Stephanie Brookes has reviewed nearly a thousand political speeches, interviews, debates and press conferences from election campaigns dating backContinue Reading

Beware Christmas shoppers, online first impressions can fool you

Beware Christmas shoppers, online first impressions can fool you

Internet shoppers are more likely to buy if the first product review they encounter is a positive one even if subsequent reviews aren’t as flattering, new University of Melbourne research has found. Consumer psychologist Dr Brent Coker from the University’s Faculty of Business and Economics conducted the study, which has been published in the currentContinue Reading

Homelessness needs long-term investment

Homelessness needs long-term investment

A world-first report on chronic homelessness by RMIT University and Sacred Heart Mission has been launched by Federal Minister for Homelessness, Housing and Small Business, Brendan O’Connor. The report Meeting the challenge? Transitions out of long-term homelessness is the world’s first cost-benefit analysis of a program working to end long-term homeless. The research shows thatContinue Reading

Pre-drinking alcohol before hitting the nightclubs likely to lead to violence

Pre-drinking alcohol before hitting the nightclubs likely to lead to violence

The increasingly common practice of drinking at home before hitting the nightclubs is the major predictor of people experiencing harm or violence, Australia’s largest study into alcohol-related nightlife crime has found. The ‘Dealing with alcohol-related harm and the night-time economy (DANTE)’ study compared the effectiveness of alcohol-related crime prevention measures put in place between 2005Continue Reading

Preschool movement skills programs could lead to life-long benefits

Preschool movement skills programs could lead to life-long benefits

Preschools could hold the key to kids developing a life-long interest in physical activity. Researchers with Deakin University’s School of Health and Social Development, with colleagues from Northern NSW Local Health District, evaluated a movement skills program run by NSW Health in 18 NSW preschools. The study, published in the International Journal of Behaviour NutritionContinue Reading

New study to focus on emotional wellbeing of Arabic-speaking Australians

New study to focus on emotional wellbeing of Arabic-speaking Australians

A new study that aims to understand more about the emotional health of Australians of an Arabic-speaking background and ultimately offer more effective treatment options is being launched at Macquarie University. Little is known about the emotional wellbeing of Australians of an Arabic-speaking background. An Australian Bureau of Statistics survey from 2007-2008 found that eightContinue Reading

reach + significance = impact

reach + significance = impact

Eighty-seven per cent of Australian research has been ranked as having considerable, very considerable or outstanding impact, according to the results of the first ever Excellence in Innovation (EIA) for Australia initiative, released last week. The EIA initiative is a national benchmarking study developed to measure the impact of Australian research against international standards. SixteenContinue Reading

Marginalisation ‘traps’ one in 10 Aussies

Thousands of Australians are denied the ‘fair go’ each year, due to key factors such as mental illness, isolation, lack of education, climate change and gender, a University of Canberra researcher argued at a public lecture held at the University on Monday. Helen Berry, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the University of Canberra’s Centre forContinue Reading

Traditional knowledge of country at risk

Traditional knowledge of country at risk

Action to involve Aboriginal communities in the management of their remote desert environments needs to be stepped up – or risk losing the benefit of their traditional links with the land, according to University of Adelaide researcher Dr Douglas Bardsley. Dr Bardsley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population, says Aboriginal communities in remote areas ofContinue Reading

Reducing the risk of burns at home

Home is where most of us feel safest, but it’s also where nearly 80 per cent of all burn injuries occur, new research shows. Findings published in the second annual report of the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA) Bi-National Burns Registry (BiNBR), of which Monash University is a collaborator; gives the most comprehensive view toContinue Reading

Been cheating? It’s written all over your face

Been cheating? It’s written all over your face

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found a kernel of truth in the idea that unfaithfulness can be judged just by looking at a stranger’s face. And it is women who have the knack, according to Winthrop Professor Gillian Rhodes, Winthrop Professor Leigh Simmons and researcher Grace Morley, whose article on their researchContinue Reading

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