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Health & Wellbeing

From personalised health to public policy: the latest in medical and wellbeing research and innovation.

  1. 3 December 2020 – COVID-19, Children, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Schools

    Should schools close during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Research including the University of Melbourne finds schools are unlikely to play a role in COVID-19 community transmission, provided key measures are in place.

  2. Podcast25 November 2020 – Brain, Chronic Illness, Coughing, Neuroscience, Respiratory diseases

    The science of coughing

    Coughing is a human defensive reflex - it keeps our airways clear - but Professor Stuart Mazzone explains the difference between a good cough and a bad cough.

  3. 25 November 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Blindness, Closing The Gap, Indigenous Health, Trachoma

    The Indigenous eye-care gap is closing, but not fast enough

    The Indigenous community-led approach to COVID-19 is a lesson in closing the gap on vision but government support is needed, say University of Melbourne experts

  4. 21 November 2020 – Consumer products, Diet, Food, Food Sciences, Nutrition

    Food Health Star labels are driving healthier products

    Food health labels improve the nutrition of packaged products but they must be compulsory to make a bigger difference, finds a University of Melbourne-led study

  5. 18 November 2020 – Hospitals, Nursing, Pressure Wounds, Ulcers, skin

    Under pressure

    A University of Melbourne expert says 2020 has highlighted the crucial role of nurses in managing pressure wounds, or bed sores, especially in COVID-19 patients

  6. 18 November 2020 – COVID-19, Public Health, Self-isolation, Sex, Sexual Health

    Hooking up in lockdown

    A new University of Melbourne study shows how COVID-19 lockdown impacted sexual behaviour, highlighting sexual and reproductive health services are still needed

  7. 16 November 2020 – Ageing, COVID-19, Community, Health, Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

    Transforming the aged care crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to support older people’s desire to live and thrive in their own community say University of Melbourne experts.

  8. 13 November 2020 – Cognitive Behaviour , Emotions, Mental Health, Psychology, Wellbeing

    The science of supporting others

    University of Melbourne experts provide six evidence-based tips for providing support in times of extreme change –finding our ‘COVID normal'.

  9. 13 November 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous, NAIDOC Week, Social Work, Therapy

    Decolonising social work

    Proud Durrumbal/Kullilli and Yidinji woman, University of Melbourne educator and social worker, Tileah Drahm-Butler, is working to decolonise social work.

  10. 11 November 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Face Masks, Melbourne, Public Health

    Time for smart masking

    With so few COVID-19 cases Victoria's compulsory mask wearing laws no longer make sense and it's time for smarter rules, says a University of Melbourne expert