Science & Health

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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Population growth from Genesis to Revelations

The Book of Genesis is a romantic fiction written by a woman. The more I think about it, the more …

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Our window is closing on a liveable future

As catastrophic flooding devastates parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has …

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Red alert on climate change vulnerability and adaptation limitations

Projected global warming under current global emissions reduction policies will leave many of our region’s human and natural systems at …

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Mandatory consent education is a huge win for Australia

One year after activist Chanel Contos’ Instagram poll revealed more than 6,700 testimonies of sexual assault – often at high …

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Women in science still jumping hurdles

“Can I see a future with gender equity for women and girls in science?” If you had asked me 15 …

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