Meredith Craigie, Flinders University Australia is facing a critical public health issue of poorly managed pain. The combination of poor health outcomes, inappropriate prescribing for pain and non-prescription use of opioids has resulted in opioid-related deaths surpassing the national annual road toll. And prescription opioids were involved in more than 70%...
New Zealand is experiencing a heatwave across the country, with temperature crossing 37C in parts of the South Island. The temperature is causing difficulties to the people, and the country is running out of fans and air conditioners are not much in use generally. Schools that are equipped with heaters...
Australia has unveiled a new “defence export strategy” that seeks to make country one of the world’s largest arms exporters. The plan by the government, led by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, seeks to significantly increase the defence exports from t $1.5bn to $2.5bn a year currently. The Middle East, the Indo-Pacific...
David Hensher, University of Sydney The working year has not got off to a good start for Sydney trains and the New South Wales government. The rail network went into meltdown with chaos at many stations and trains delayed or cancelled. To add to this woe a 24-hour train driver...
Scientists have developed a new method of blood test --  CancerSEE -- that can detect eight common types of cancer. The test, when conducted over 1,000 patients with early-stage cancer, could detect a tumor in 70% of the cases, much before it started spreading. Developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University...
Emilie Ens, Macquarie University and Alana Grech, James Cook University Indigenous ranger programs are a rare good news story of a government initiative that delivers outstanding social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes. Now, new data have revealed that many Queenslanders would like to see these programs expanded. Recent polling shows that...
The home biogas system offers a zero-emissions alternative to paying for fossil gas. Samuel Alexander, Author provided Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne Last night I cooked my family a delicious pasta dinner using biogas energy. This morning we all had eggs cooked on biogas. I’m not sure what’s for dinner tonight,...
A new analysis has found that the healthcare system in Australia contributes over n 7% of the nation’s carbon footprint. The analysis led by the University of Sydney analysed 2014-15 financial data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 15 sectors of the healthcare industry. These included public...
Reporting on the sustainable development goals should not simply be a tick box exercise for business. www.shutterstock.com Renzo Mori Junior, The University of Queensland It seems there is a gap between what Australian companies publicly state they are doing with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what they are actually doing....
While Auckland region in New Zealand has closed down 16 spots due to water quality issues, a website is offering an insight into the extent of the water quality problem in the region. The website Safeswim provides forecasts of water quality and real-time alerts of public health and safety risks...

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