Science & Health

Misinformation: The common thread between pandemics

Since health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 cases, misinformation has spread just as quickly as the virus. Social media may …

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Authentic mindfulness in the era of ‘wellness’

Meditation and mindfulness practices in Western nations are booming. One report estimates that 55 million Americans engaged in meditation in …

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Can telehealth be used for effective palliative care?

If ever there is a time when you really do need to see a doctor in person, as opposed to …

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The question of conscientious objection in the voluntary assisted dying debate

Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) has been legal in countries such as Switzerland and the Netherlands for more than a decade.  …

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Mapping climate policy

As the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions becomes increasingly urgent, governments of all levels, as well as private businesses …

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Pill testing really does reduce the risk of harm for drug users

Days out from the event, festival goers for Canberra’s Groovin the Moo festival were told the event would no longer …

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Has Covid destroyed our trust in experts?

It started with a tweet. On 14 January 2020, as the world waited anxiously for news about the emerging virus …

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Religious chaplaincy is failing the Defence Force

While the nation takes stock to remember our Anzacs this week, we need to take a moment to think about …

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Scientists, working together, can prevent future pandemics

Costly delays in reporting and responding helped COVID-19 spread. But the failures that saw it become a pandemic were of …

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Assisted dying and palliative care: An argument for ‘chewing gum’

In his classic book Straight and Crooked Thinking – now in its fifth edition (2011) – Robert H. Thouless describes many …

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Future-proofing research

The founding father of Federation Henry Parkes declared in 1890 that Australia should “embrace the power that is conferred by …

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It’s time to decriminalise personal drug use

The global ‘war on drugs’ is one of the single-most catastrophic public policy failures in history. Now one Victorian MP …

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