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03 Aug 2017

In the early morning, there can be few more beautiful places to walk than along the tropical foreshore of Townsville in north Queensland, with palms framing views across the sparkling waters to Magnetic Island and beyond. The trail leads past cafes, swimming spots, parks and a stunning cultural...

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01 May 2013

It’s a story that wouldn’t normally make the headlines. A middle-aged man in a central Queensland town found himself stacking on a lot of weight unusually quickly. His blood pressure was on the rise, and he struggled to get a good night’s sleep. His diagnosis, diabetes, is far from rare, and the...

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07 Mar 2013

AS RESEARCH projects go, it probably didn’t sound too earth-shattering for the volunteers who offered to help. Apart from demonstrating their good health, they simply had to give blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as have swabs taken from various locations on their bodies.

We will...

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09 Oct 2012

In 1990 a research team began tracking a group of babies born in two inner suburbs of Melbourne. Their latest results paint a complex picture, writes Melissa Sweet for APO and Inside Story

JENNIFER sits poised on the edge of a large leather armchair...

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05 Jun 2012

The principles behind an American campaign to reduce unnecessary and often expensive medical interventions are gaining support in Australia, writes Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

ON A WET, miserable evening in Sydney not so long ago, a panel of...

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29 Nov 2011

 

BEFORE we dive into the murky, tumultuous waters of the present-day debate about mental health, it’s worth pausing for a quick trip back in time. Our destination is Roma, in the Darling Downs of southern Queensland, almost thirty years ago.

At the local hospital, a long search is...

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16 Jun 2011

A growing movement among US healthcare professionals is arguing that medical treatment can cause more harm than good, reports Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

MOST of us have grown up listening to the constant refrain of modern healthcare: the chorus...

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10 Jun 2011

Public health nurses at the 11th Street Family Health Services Center are committed to developing long-term relationships with the community, reports Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

MUCH of the debate about the future of primary healthcare in Australia...

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28 Mar 2011

“Locational disadvantage” has an enormous impact in many Australian suburbs. But an experiment in Sydney’s 2168 postcode area is yielding results, writes Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

THE sun is intense as I drive back to Miller, a suburb of some...

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04 Mar 2011

This article by Croakey's Melissa Sweet summarises recent developments in health journalism internationally

, as well as developments in journalism more broadly that have some relevance for public health. It is sourced almost entirely from links circulated via...

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