The grim reality for older Australians during COVID-19
While public health issues have been foremost in the global fight against COVID-19, public policies are only now exposing the full consequences of this international scourge. And for more than a third of older Australians, isolation – not health concerns – was the biggest problem.
A tourist drawcard and an economic lifeline – but a threat to health
Exotic to tourists, essential for local low-skilled workers, Indian street food vendors also peddle another ware: the risk of contaminated food.
Loneliness is not just a health burden; it also has an economic cost
Loneliness has an economic cost. As a new study reveals its link with mental health in Australia, what can be done?
Saving blood: Managing supply without health risks
Changes to patient blood management guidelines have lowered health risks for patients and reduced costs with fewer blood transfusions and less time spent in the hospital.
Teacher assessment bias: overweight children more likely to be rated lower
Heavier primary school children are given less favourable academic assessments by their teachers.
More say in what to pay? Putting patients in the driver’s seat
Delivering high-quality health care with limited funding is increasingly difficult for many GPs. Could the solution be as simple as giving patients more say in what to pay?
Bouncing back from COVID-19: what determines resilience?
'She'll be right mate' is Australia's version of Britain's 'Keep calm and carry on'. But what determines our ability to bounce back when life deals a heavy blow?
How COVID-19 widens the divide between rich and poor children
Financial hardship from the COVID-19 lockdown will broaden the gap between rich and poor, with children faring worst.
How economic conditions impact on opioid deaths in Australia
Unemployment-related stress leads to an increase in prescription opioid deaths; so does economic uncertainty.
Burnout: the advent of the modern brain drain?
Understanding how people can recover following career burnout may be just as difficult as unravelling the root cause, according to new research.
Where should our mental health dollars go?
Mental health issues can have little-understood but long-reaching consequences for individuals, families, neighbourhoods. Developing a mental health policy that best utilises our economic resources is crucial for all Australians.