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A drug traditionally used as an anaesthetic and sometimes used recreationally could be effective in preventing suicide in severely depressed patients, says a UNSW academic who has trialled the drug.

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In publicising the plan to cut emissions from old coal power stations, US President Barack Obama put the emphasis on health. Now it's time for Australia to do the same, write Melissa Haswell and Haydn Washington.

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A doctor who worked at the Christmas Island detention centre has told a UNSW forum there has been “no adequate response” to a 92-page letter detailing concerns about asylum seekers' health.

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Paying fees may not be a choice that many aspiring PhD students will make, so while $20 billion to medical research is great, who’s actually going to do the research?

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A paediatrician with first-hand experience of the detention centre on Christmas Island will tell a public health symposium at UNSW tonight that detained children are showing signs of physical and developmental problems including language delay and regression. 

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The government’s proposal for a $7 co-payment for GP visits requires careful evaluation to ensure those in need are not deterred from necessary help, write John Kaldor and Nicholas Zwar.

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New Australian research demonstrates the potential public health impact of mental health prevention programs delivered in the workplace.

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Two medical doctors who have visited and worked at the detention centre on Christmas Island will speak publicly for the first time about their experiences at a symposium hosted at UNSW.  

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The budget focuses on the way we fund the health system rather than on the way we deliver care. It is unfair and unnecessarily increases hardship for many, writes John Dwyer.

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A new resource is being launched to tackle mental health problems among people with an intellectual disability and to improve the system that is currently failing them.

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