Health & Medicine

Evidence-based suicide prevention begins with deeper analysis

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

Researchers in mental health are working with colleagues at the Coroners Court of Victoria to refine and evaluate a register of deaths by suicide in the state of Victoria in an effort to identify risk factors for suicide, and to development effective prevention measures. By Katherine Smith.

Can your eye colour change?

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

 

Andi Horvath explores the reality about iris colour, and why it sometimes changes.

Puppy carers in short supply

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014

 

General Practice vet Dr Leonie Richards from Melbourne University’s Werribee Animal Hospital explains the benefits to all involved of fostering a Seeing Eye Dog puppy. By Katherine Smith.

Flying dental checks for Mallee community

Volume 10 Number 9 September 8 - October 13 2014

 

Annie Rahilly looks into the experiences of ‘flying dentists’ … dental students who recently spent a day working with the Royal Flying Doctor service.

Believing in an innovative future for immunology

Volume 10 Number 9 September 8 - October 13 2014

 

Chris Weaver profiles eminent scientist and Melbourne Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty.

What can we learn from the African Ebola outbreak about the global threat of infectious diseases?

Volume 10 Number 9 September 8 - October 13 2014

 

In an ever-shrinking world, Australia has a lot to learn from the current Ebola outbreak. Kate Dukes speaks to the Doherty Institute’s Mike Catton and Julian Druce about their work in keeping us safe from infectious diseases.

Antibiotic resistance: the global public health threat of the 21st century

Volume 10 Number 9 September 8 - October 13 2014

 

With the rapid and widespread emergence of resistance to antibiotics, many drugs crucial to controlling life-threatening diseases – such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections and urinary tract infections – are becoming less effective. By Elizabeth Brumby.

Bridging the gap in the control of infectious diseases

Volume 10 Number 9 September 8 - October 13 2014

 

Elizabeth Brumby speaks with the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute, Professor Sharon Lewin.

Nursing students get a taste for practice in Nepal

Volume 10 Number 8 August 11 - September 7 2014

 

A group of University of Melbourne nursing students recently had the experience of a lifetime, travelling to a very remote area in Nepal to undertake an elective placement. By Kate Dukes.

Safe societies are strong societies

Volume 10 Number 8 August 11 - September 7 2014

 

Associate Professor of Social Work Louise Harms, who chaired Melbourne’s program committee for a recent International Social Work conference, reflects on the event and the challenges ahead for social inclusion in Australia.

A commitment to inclusion

Volume 10 Number 8 August 11 - September 7 2014

 

A Melbourne alumna believes in providing women with the opportunity to make a difference. By Chris Weaver.

Global health, human rights and HIV and AIDS

Volume 10 Number 8 August 11 - September 7 2014

 

Global health and human rights have a history of convergence that has been formative for the evolution of public health and law. In a keynote speech hosted by the Nossal Institute for Global Health, the Honourable Michael Kirby emphasised the need to reform global intellectual property laws in order to beat HIV and AIDS. By Elizabeth Brumby.