Posts: Health

11 10, 2017

Framework for a national strategy on climate health and wellbeing

By | 2017-10-16T15:20:42+00:00 October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

“Climate Change is the defining issue of the 21st century” – Dr. Margaret Chan, World Health Organisation.

Climate Change is more than an environmental issue but has become an economic, social, health, and human rights issue. Australia is one of the developed countries most susceptible to the effects of climate change since a majority of the […]

16 05, 2017

Punching holes in the Matrix

By | 2017-05-16T14:28:36+00:00 May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

I have always loved the movie ‘The Matrix’.  I watched it again recently with my daughter Meaghan, and I can’t help but be struck by the parallels of the situation that Neo, Morpheus and their allies find themselves in the movie, with the circumstances of a growing number of people who are fighting passionately for […]

20 02, 2017

Sobering health stats in latest Productivity Commission report

By | 2017-02-23T12:08:33+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Sobering health stats in latest Productivity Commission report

New health minister Greg Hunt probably choked over his breakfast cereal this morning as he read the blandly titled Report on Government Services 2017, released by the Productivity Commission this week. Read more

18 02, 2017

E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

By | 2017-02-23T12:08:43+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Comments Off on E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Cancer Research UK-funded scientists found that people who swapped smoking regular cigarettes for e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for at least six months, had much lower levels of toxic and cancer […]

18 02, 2017

Air pollution linked to heightened risk of type 2 diabetes in obese Latino children

By | 2017-02-23T12:09:00+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Air pollution linked to heightened risk of type 2 diabetes in obese Latino children

Latino children who live in areas with higher levels of air pollution have a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new USC-led study. Read more

14 02, 2017

Study highlights importance of preventing weight gain in adults to reduce type 2 diabetes

By | 2017-02-23T12:09:43+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Study highlights importance of preventing weight gain in adults to reduce type 2 diabetes

A study of over 33,000 people, published in the journal BMC Public Health, indicates that public health strategies that aim to prevent adult weight gain in the whole population have the potential to prevent twice as many cases of type 2 diabetes as strategies that target individuals at high […]

13 02, 2017

Dietary guidelines don’t work. Here’s how to fix them

By | 2017-02-23T12:09:53+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Dietary guidelines don’t work. Here’s how to fix them

Dietary guidelines come under a lot of fire. They have been accused of not being based on evidence, not being environmentally sustainable and being out of touch with nutritional science. They also fail to change people’s eating habits, as shown in Australia and the US. Read more