Our current focus on the drug ice takes the spotlight away from the harms of excessive alcohol use, which is actually a bigger problem in Australia.
Alcohol-related violence is a much bigger problem in Australia than the harms of illicit drugs but we tend to overlook the former because the latter gets more headlines.
Libertarians have a deeply atomising picture about communities, states, even about what it is to be human.
David Leyonhjelm's parliamentary inquiry into what he calls “the nanny state” reflects a view of human beings as essentially independent individuals. But that's not kind of society most of us want.
Predicting the severity of the flu season based on one data set paints an unnecessarily scary picture.
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Australia's in the middle of the annual flu season and once again, it's claimed to the worst on record. But why is it that every season seems to outdo previous ones and how bad is this year, really?
The most powerful strategy for achieving happiness is to give up trying to be happy.
To pose the question of whether we can love happiness feels a bit like asking whether the Pope is a Catholic. Most of us believe we not only can love happiness, but that we should!
The Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit Court suggested Australia had an obligation to track down and look after the welfare of such children.
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Fresh details have emerged of a 2012 case of an Australian couple who were delivered twins via a commercial surrogacy arrangement in India, but brought only one twin home. Does Australia have obligations to ensure the other twin's welfare?
The gift of time makes patients happy.
Much of the fear of cancer arises from a lack of control, so I'm at my happiest when a patient with a new diagnosis comes in bewildered and shaken and leaves my office feeling a modicum of control.
Health professionals may be sentenced to two years in jail for the unauthorised disclosure of information about conditions in detention centres.
From July, doctors will no longer be able to fulfil their ethical and professional obligations to report mistreatment of detainees.
Participating in a HIV cure trial offers few benefits for the individual but many for the community.
A recent survey of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom found that over half would participate in a clinical study to develop a cure for HIV despite this posing a risk to their health.
Cutting emissions will limit health damages and bring about important health improvements.
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Tackling climate change is the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century, a team of 60 international experts today declared in a special report for the medical journal The Lancet.
Nursing homes are not set up or resourced to facilitate the independence of younger residents.
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More than 7,000 young Australians with disabilities are forced to live in nursing homes because they're unable to find suitable accommodation that meets their needs. But this may be about to change.