Health & Medicine

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.

Communication and health policy creation during the Australian HIV/AIDS crisis

Volume 10 Number 7 July 14 - August 10 2014

<!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 62 360 Uni of Melb 3 1 421 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-AU JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <! /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} --> <!--[endif] --> <!--StartFragment-->The Australian response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s was one of the most effective in the world, marked by cooperation between government, community groups, the health sector and academic institutions. The 2014 International AIDS Conference presents an opportunity to recall the lessons of this response, to reflect on their enduring legacy, and ask how their example might be applied today. By Elizabeth Brumby.  <!--EndFragment-->

Bootcamp for health advocacy change makers

Volume 10 Number 7 July 14 - August 10 2014


NCDFREE, a global social movement against non-communicable diseases, is bringing together young change-makers through global health advocacy ‘bootcamps’ around the world – starting in Melbourne. By Elizabeth Brumby and Maddison Connaughton

The public health challenges of advertising in sport

Volume 10 Number 7 July 14 - August 10 2014


Alcohol, junk food and gambling industry sponsorship of sport could soon go the way of tobacco sponsorship if public health advocates get their way, reports Daryl Holland.

Investing in Indigenous health leadership

Volume 10 Number 7 July 14 - August 10 2014


Future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals will have the opportunity for leadership development in health policy and practice thanks to a $10 million gift from leading Australian philanthropist, Greg Poche. By Elizabeth Brumby.

Fighting paediatric brain cancer through research and advocacy

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014


Six years after losing their daughter Isabella to an incurable form of brain cancer, University of Melbourne HIV/AIDS researcher Robert De Rose and his wife Khush are working to fund research into this rare and unforgiving disease. By Elizabeth Brumby

Epilepsy: from demons to enlightenment

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014


A program to develop an enlightened empathy in medical students for people with epilepsy is being run as part of the Medical Humanities program of the Melbourne Medical School, and a new exhibition in the Medical History Museum, bring new insights into focus. By Annie Rahilly.

Searing of hearts and minds

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014


Melbourne hosts the 20th World Aids Conference this month, and a University of Melbourne exhibition documents responses to the epidemic since 1979. By Annie Rahilly.

No longer justifiable: seclusion and restraint practices in mental health

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014


Kate Dukes talks to Professor Bernadette McSherry from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute about the Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint Project and the issues which led to its formation.

Designer rice brings nutrition to developing world

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014


Dr Alex Johnson is an academic in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne and heads the Melbourne node of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics. He has developed genetically modified rice and wheat strains that might one day improve the lives of billions. By Daryl Holland.

Positive psychology at Melbourne strengthened by major gift

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014


A major gift of $2.3million from philanthropist John Higgins has strengthened the University of Melbourne's research and teaching in the field of positive psychology – which aims to build psychological health and resilience in individuals and organisations.

Online support for domestic violence to be trialled

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014


Improving rates of poor disclosure by victims of domestic violence is the focus of a new online web based project led by the University of Melbourne.