People with disability are more likely to be victims of crime – here’s why

It’s not just about carer stress or socioeconomic   disadvantage. Halfpoint/Shutterstock The Morrison government has finally agreed to a royal commission into the abuse of people living with disability – if the states get on board. After hearing horrific tales of abuse and neglect in the media this...

Explainer: how does a vasectomy work and can it be reversed?

Men who don’t want any more kids will often choose to have a vasectomy. From shutterstock.com Some men may shudder at the thought of “the snip”. But vasectomies are a safe and effective form of contraception for men who have completed their family, or don’t...

Everyone can be an effective advocate for vaccination: here’s how

Listening to people’s concerns is important when talking to someone who is hesitant about vaccination. From shutterstock.com The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named vaccine hesitancy as one of their top 10 threats to global health for 2019. Last week, the wife of an NRL footballer made national headlines after...

It’s time to change our drug dog policies to catch dealers, not low-level users at public events

  The use of drug dogs leads to riskier drug-taking at festivals. Shutterstock In the early 2000s New South Wales became the first Australian state to introduce drug detection dogs for policing, with the aim of “targeting drug supply” and “attacking the root causes of drugs”...

Putting babies under general anaesthetic won’t affect their development, new research shows

A new study found no detectable impact on   brain development. From shutterstock.com Making the decision to operate on a baby or toddler can be complex and confronting for parents. It involves weighing the risks versus the expected benefits for the child. One of the questions...

Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine? No you won’t says new study

The phrase has a nice ring to it, but that's all it has! Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way...

Mindful eating: the Victorian food trend that could help you lose weight and transform your health

We are what we eat and maybe learning how to eat is just as important as learning what to eat. In recent years, mindfulness – defined as “a mental state or attitude in which one focuses one’s awareness on the present moment” – has become embedded...

In debates about drug use, fun is important

“Just say no” messages are ignored because young people want to have fun. Marvin Meyer Millions of Australians use, or have used, illicit substances at some point in their life, while millions more are regular users of legal drugs such as alcohol, tobacco or sleeping pills. While some people become heavy users...

Does microdosing improve your mood and performance? Here’s what the research says

Microdosers take such small quantities of psychedelic substances that there are no noticeable effects. By AppleZoomZoom Microdosing means regularly taking very small doses of psychedelic substances such as LSD or psilocybin (magic mushrooms) over a period of weeks or months. The practice has made countless headlines over the...

One in six Australian women in their 30s have had an abortion – and we’re starting to understand why

Women aged in their 20s are more likely to have an abortion than women in their 30s. Kirsts Luhaers/Unsplash Abortion is a common experience for Australian women. Around one in six have had an abortion by their mid-30s, according our new research published today in the Australia New Zealand...