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Jan Copeland receives Peter Baume Prize
Congratulations to Professor Jan Copeland (PhD) who has been awarded the Peter Baume Public Health Impact Prize from SPHCM, UNSW Australia.  This prize is given for significant international impact...
Published: 28 January 2016
Image - 150 lives saved each year in NSW hospitals thanks to sepsis awareness program
Patients presenting with sepsis in NSW hospitals are receiving life-saving treatment earlier thanks to a program that has transformed the way emergency departments respond to the condition, a UNSW...
Published: 25 January 2016
Image - Taking the ouch out of vaccines
English physician Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine more than 200 years ago to protect against smallpox. It was needle-free, involving arm-to-arm inoculation with the vaccinia virus....
Published: 7 January 2016
Image - Online 'recipes' for bird flu virus add to bioterrorism threat
OPINION: Despite continuing global efforts to contain avian influenza, or bird flu, the means of engineering this potentially deadly H5N1 virus to render it transmissible to humans is freely...
Published: 9 December 2015
Image - Happiness has no bearing on how long you'll live, study finds
A new study has challenged the widespread, but mistaken, notion that unhappiness and stress cause ill health and found that being happy won't make you live longer. The findings are published today...
Published: 8 December 2015
Image - Sydney teens with a social conscience show entrepreneurial flair
How would you improve the wellbeing of poor and marginalised communities in a sustainable way? This was the question posed recently to a group of budding teenage entrepreneurs with a social...
Published: 23 November 2015
Image - Mental health, HIV and public health researchers get NHMRC funding boost
New drug trials for treating HIV infection, major depression and helping smokers quit are among the UNSW projects that have received major backing in the latest round of federal government medical...
Published: 9 November 2015
Image - Infectious diseases experts say Australia is unprepared for a bioterrorism attack
It’s a frightening prospect: a deadly synthetic contagion is deliberately released at a major public event with the potential to inflict serious illness and death. The convenors of Australia’s first...
Published: 3 November 2015
Image - Refugee champion, emergency medicine mentor named state finalists for Australian of the Year
UNSW refugee advocate Anne Bunde-Birouste and emergency medicine leader Gordian Fulde have been named as state finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards. Dr Bunde-Birouste, Convener of the...
Published: 23 October 2015
Image - UNSW study finds Fiji making progress towards ‘health for all’
A UNSW study has found Fiji’s poor are getting a fair share of the benefits from the Fiji government’s spending on healthcare but that challenges remain, particularly the lack of data to assess the...
Published: 15 October 2015
Image - Are you an effective healthcare leader? Take the test in UNSW’s new MOOC
A tool that allows healthcare workers to self-assess their leadership competencies is just one of the elements of the world’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in health leadership starting at...
Published: 1 October 2015
Image - Health experts warn measles epidemic remains a potent threat
Public health experts are gathering at UNSW today (Monday, 14 September) to discuss why one year after endemic measles was officially eliminated, Australia continues to be plagued by sporadic...
Published: 14 September 2015
Image - So you think you have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn’s?
OPINION: Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans and many are on the rise. Here’s what they mean for you, writes Rebecca Reynolds. The gastrointestinal tract...
Published: 20 August 2015
Image - Making vaccination truly compulsory is well intentioned but ill conceived
OPINION: The United States, Australia, and approximately half of European countries have mandatory vaccination requirements. The US and Australian experience has been well studied. The US vaccine...
Published: 23 July 2015
Image - I feel a bit sick, should I stay home or go to work?
OPINION: You wake up on a work day and feel under the weather. If you’re vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home is probably clear cut. But what if you generally feel unwell but are...
Published: 13 July 2015
Image - Record number of Indigenous PhD students graduate from UNSW
Four Indigenous students are graduating from UNSW with PhDs, with three receiving their doctorates during ceremonies on the Kensington campus this month. It’s a record number of doctorates awarded...
Published: 17 June 2015
Image - Nepal earthquake: 'A beautiful place that will rise again'
A day of action will be held at UNSW this Thursday (4 June) to raise funds for the people of Nepal as they recover from recent devastating earthquakes.  UNSW postgraduate health student Rejuta Dixit...
Published: 1 June 2015
Image - Did the alcopops tax do the trick in reducing alcohol related harm?
Hospital emergency department presentations for young people significantly decreased following the introduction of the alcopops tax in 2008, according to a new UNSW-led study published in the journal...
Published: 28 May 2015
Image - Cloth masks – dangerous to your health?
The use of cloth masks by healthcare workers may actually put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections and their global use should be discouraged, according to a UNSW study...
Published: 23 April 2015
Image - Using art to cure old age ills
A trip to the GP could see you walk out with any number of things; a bill of clean health, a specialist appointment or a prescription. But a referral to go and discover your inner Picasso? A UNSW...
Published: 20 April 2015

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