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Policy report

30 Sep 2017

Colorado Health Institute vice-president Amy Downs spent seven months in New Zealand between February and August 2017 as an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow in Public Policy and was hosted by Treasury.

This is her report of her findings, which examines and reports on the reforms of the...

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Research report

24 Nov 2017

Adults in 2014–15 were significantly more likely to be obese than adults of the same age 20 years earlier at almost any given age. At age 18–21, 15.2% of those born in 1994–1997 were obese, almost double the proportion of those born in 1974–1977 at the same age (8.0%).

Children and...

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Audio interview

23 Nov 2017

Victoria is poised to become the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying after a historic bill was passed yesterday in the state parliament.

After a marathon debate — MPs in the Upper House voted 22 to 18 to allow terminally ill patients in Victoria to legally end...

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23 Nov 2017

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy (the LGBTI Strategy) was released by the Australian government in December 2012, as part of a wider aged care reform process designed to increase sector...

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Report

22 Nov 2017

This report details the impact of physical inactivity on disease burden in the Australian population. Results from this study suggest that prevention and intervention efforts may best be focused on sustained population-level increases in physical activity, by as little as 15 minutes each day, to...

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Report

22 Nov 2017

On 13 October 2016, as part of its broader inquiry, the committee resolved to inquire into the illegal importation of products containing asbestos. The committee adopted the following additional terms of reference for this part of the inquiry:

The illegal importation of products...

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Research report

21 Nov 2017

A cancer biomarker is a molecule either produced by the cancer or by the body in response to a cancer that can be measured in blood, body fluid or tissues and indicates the presence or status of the cancer. Biomarkers associated with altered (mutated) genes can be used to screen for the risk of...

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Survey

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21 Nov 2017

In September 2017 Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation, Bicycle Network, conducted a survey of public attitudes towards Australia’s mandatory bicycle helmet laws. The survey received 19,327 responses.

The respondents are from across...

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Journal article

21 Nov 2017

In 1965, the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) secretly funded a review in the New England Journal of Medicine that discounted evidence linking sucrose consumption to blood lipid levels and hence coronary heart disease (CHD). SRF subsequently funded animal research to evaluate sucrose’s CHD risks...

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Research report

20 Nov 2017

This report presents the findings of a project which assessed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s access to hospitals with public birthing services and 3 other types of maternal health services across Australia, then investigated possible high-level associations between access,...

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Research report

19 Nov 2017

The notion that the problems associated with modern death and dying can be solved simply by allowing more Australians to die at home is an oversimplification. Moreover, the myth that most people want to die at home, but don’t, has also unhelpfully reinforced the popular fear that grim,...

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Report

16 Nov 2017

Nutrition needs to become a central policy consideration in China’s broader food security strategy. China’s working population (15 – 60 years old) is set to recede out to 2050 while its elderly population (over 60 years old) is expected to become the largest group in the country by the same date...

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Commentary

16 Nov 2017

To many, Productivity Commission reports epitomise the harsh, economically dry prescriptions that often prove unpalatable to governments. So here’s a surprise.

In its recent report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the commission’s...

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Research report

15 Nov 2017

This report builds on the earlier work by addressing a number of critical questions about effective approaches to coordination of injury prevention initiatives. Drawing on comparable systems nationally and internationally, as well as expert stakeholder interviews throughout 2016, the report...

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Research report

14 Nov 2017

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is committed to keeping sports relevant and viable, whilst supporting all Australians to develop their physical literacy for active and healthy lives. The ASC is aware that the sport environment is changing and is dedicated to supporting...

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14 Nov 2017

In Australia, more than one in five children arrive at school already affected by environments and experiences that are less than optimal for their development.

These children are developmentally vulnerable and at risk of problems now and later...

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Research report

13 Nov 2017

Digital Me, is the latest in a series of surveys conducted by the Australian Psychological Society, to examine issues affecting the wellbeing of Australians.

It has been conducted as part of Psychology Week, an annual initiative that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can...

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Discussion paper

13 Nov 2017

There are approximately 380,000 quad bikes in operation in Australia used for in workplaces, recreation, adventure tours and competitive racing. About 20,000 quad bikes are sold each year in Australia and they are one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms. 

The...

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Report

13 Nov 2017

The report makes three recommendations that  New Zealand government can put into place immediately:  

  • Make sure policy and legislative reform are child-centred and rights-based. Identify where children’s rights are not being met, what needs to be done, who will do the work,
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Research report

13 Nov 2017

New health technologies, diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities are continually being developed and implemented, along with constant reform of the supporting health services and systems. It is critical that health services understand how health care users perceive services and...

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