School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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Medical abortions finally will be easily available to Australian women when the drug RU486 is listed on the PBS. But without a national data collection system, details about quality, safety or access won't be known, experts argue.

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Tackling premature death in Pacific Islanders caused by conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease is the focus of a project funded by AusAID.

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In partnership with the health sector, UNSW is offering a new workplace-based professional doctorate for emerging leaders in public health.

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While social media has yet to be fully embraced by Australian academics, its capacity for information sharing and building connections cannot be ignored, explains Ben Harris-Roxas.

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Health care workers who consistently wear special fitted face masks are much less likely to get clinical respiratory and bacterial infections, according to new research led by UNSW academics.

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Almost two-thirds of adults and one fifth of children aged five to nine years are either overweight or obese, with a higher prevalence among people from lower socioeconomic groups, write Professors Nick Zwar and Mark Harris.

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Despite encouraging increases in some areas, cycling to work in Sydney remains a minority activity. Much more needs to be done before it becomes widespread and the benefits are felt on a population level, write Alexis Zander and Chris Rissel.

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A study into use of the federal government’s healthdirect telephone advice line raises questions over whether the line is the best use of finite health dollars.

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A UNSW-led soccer initiative designed to improve social cohesion for young refugees, is now part of an after-school care program.

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The world’s most vulnerable people continue to face massive health challenges, writes Heather Worth.

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