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 Journal of Public Health. Narratives about abortion often stigmatise women who have had one, or seek to...

Learning how to Trust Others Again

We have all experienced, in one way or another, the betrayal of trust — and it hurts. Whether by family, friend or foe, this kind of violation makes it hard to trust others again and it instead becomes tempting to build walls and shut people out. However, this is no healthy way to live and will only hinder your...

How Are Apps Helping People With Mental Illness?

With the rise of metal illnesses like depression and anxiety, people are now turning to smartphones to aid their treatment and progress. Even though social media apps have shown to be damaging to mental health, contributing to feelings like low self-esteem, jealousy and FOMO - fear of missing out - apps designed to improve mental health have been especially...

Want to improve your mood? It’s time to ditch the junk food

Eating a healthy diet fuels our brain cells, fights inflammation and helps produce the chemicals that make us happy. Antor Paul Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends. Depression can cause sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, and a lack of interest in activities that are...

History, not harm, dictates why some drugs are legal and others aren’t

When considering harm to the user and to wider society, alcohol is much more of a problem than MDMA. Krists Luhaers Drug-related offences take up a lot of the resources within Australia’s criminal justice system. In 2016–17 law enforcement made 113,533 illicit drug seizures and 154,650 drug-related arrests. Harm-reduction advocates are calling for the legalisation of some drugs, and the removal of criminal penalties on others. And...

Back at school? Here’s how to keep kids free of head lice

Head-to-head contact is the easiest way for lice to move from person to person. Dr Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology),  Author provided (No reuse) A new school year, and another battle between bloodsucking parasites and the kids they love to live on. But the real casualties are the stressed-out parents and carers trying to keep their kids free of lice. Here are some...

5 Things That Are Important for Your Child’s Mental Health

Everything that happens around your child can affect their development, from the people they come in contact with to the activities you do together. This is also why you want those everyday experiences to be as positive as they can be. You want your child to learn from them so they can be mentally healthy. After all, mental health...

Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia

No, it’s not mostly unemployed people who dropped out of school. Aranxa Esteve To demonstrate the failure of the war on drugs, NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann recently came out about her own drug use: Since my 20s, I’ve occasionally taken MDMA at dance parties and music festivals. I know journalists, tradies, lawyers, public servants, doctors, police and yes, politicians...

7 Impressive Health Benefits Of Clinical Pilates

Pilates, a physical fitness program developed by a German named Joseph Pilates is a favourite exercise regimen of many health enthusiasts. It offers tons of benefits and is a safe form of exercise that even pregnant women can enjoy its perks. But what if you're injured or has a medical condition that requires you to be extra careful when...

Why people born between 1966 and 1994 are at greater risk of measles – and what to do about it

People may unknowingly bring measles back from other countries, including Europe. Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock Australia was declared free of measles in 2014. Yet this summer we’ve seen nine cases of measles in New South Wales, and others in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. High vaccination rates in Australia means the measles virus doesn’t continuously spread, but we still have “wildfire” outbreaks when travellers bring measles into the country, often...