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Kids just need some sand and a swing to get enough play

Families do not need large gardens to ensure preschoolers get enough outdoor play at home. A sandpit, swing or cubby house is enough, according to a study of 1600 Perth preschoolers. Researchers at University of WA’s School of Population and Global Health and Telethon Kids Institute examined how children spent their home time outdoors. “This […]

The West Australian

Case study: mental health services still struggling in the NDIS era

There is ongoing concern that certain mental health services are struggling to survive after their funding was shifted to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, despite being designed to serve a wider group than the 64,000 people with psychosocial disabilities thought to be eligible. A recent case study produced by Canberra’s Woden Community Service shows the […]

The Mandarin

NDIS puts mental health support providers under pressure

Australia’s psychosocial support services are facing significant challenges thanks to funding changes brought in with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), says a senior mental health researcher. In a new paper in Public Health & Research Practice, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Sax Institute, Dr Sebastian Rosenberg and colleagues say the NDIS is having […]

We are unprepared for climate change impact on allergies

A growing body of international research is connecting climate change to higher concentrations of allergenic pollen, but the lack of research in Australia has Associate Professor Paul Beggs worried. In a review published in Public Health Research & Practice this week, Professor Beggs presented research from around the globe linking climate change to an increased risk of […]

Medical Republic

Managing the conversation around naturally occurring asbestos

Asbestos is a word that strikes fear in the general public – and rightly so, as its use in mining and construction has led to thousands of deaths from lung disease and counts as one of the great public health disasters of the modern era. Not so many people know that asbestos is a mineral […]

The Sax Institute

The good news about Indigenous health

The urgent need to close the gap across a range of health markers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can sometimes obscure the real progress already being made in specific areas. This is the case with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates, argue the authors of a research paper that has just been named Best […]

The Sax Institute

Many Aussies mixing alcohol and energy drinks – and it’s a dangerous combo

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can disrupt your heart, disturb sleep and bring on anxiety – yet despite the health risks, a lot of Australians are doing it. About 40 percent of drinkers consumed alcohol mixed with energy drinks in the past year, per a study published in the Sax Institute journal Public Health Research & […]

Nine News

How national governments collaborate to improve migrant health and well-being

Australia granted 13,760 humanitarian visas to offshore applicants in 2016-17. This number will increase to a planned offshore program of 18,750 in 2018-19, and there is a continued need to ensure that the health and well-being of these immigrants is safeguarded during the settlement process, as well as mitigating against discrimination. In a paper in Public Health Research […]

The Mandarin

‘The catch-22’: refugees to Australia struggle to find work

They might be qualified, committed and keen to work but newly arrived refugees face significant barriers to work – the “catch-22” of needing Australian experience to find employment but requiring employment to gain that experience. Between November 2015 and July last year, Australia resettled an additional 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq in a one-off […]

The Guardian

Australians want better labels on ‘unhealthy’ foods, but not sin taxes

Almost 80% of Australians want clearer labels on unhealthy foods, but far fewer support taxation as a tool to deter consumption. In a survey of 2,474 adults in New South Wales, Cancer Council NSW researchers found that 86% of people supported a colour-coded food labelling system, 79% supported displaying health warning labels on unhealthy food, […]

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