In Rio, only 12 sports contributed to the final medal haul.
Australia finished tenth on the medal table in the Rio 2016 Games, well below what the nation's latest funding strategy had led people to expect.
Will the Winning Edge strategy impact sport participation and limit sports' abilities to develop Olympic champions?
Australia has had a good start to the Rio Olympics. But does that mean that the strategy created in response to Australia's poor Olympic performance in 2012 is working?
Rather than assisting in prevention and allowing children to mature out of offending, juvenile detention does the opposite.
Important questions are being asked about why children were abused in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all.
Open plan offices may seem like a good idea but research shows they have a negative effect on employees.
An open plan office is not all it's cracked up to be but the alternative, segmented spaces, has its downsides as well.
Are players victims of workplace hazards or willing participants in known dangers?
The 2016 State of Origin rugby league competition is over for another year and the focus has shifted to off-field events with claims for compensation for brain injury.
In just four swipes on the interface of your phone, another person can access a wealth of your personal information.
In what circumstances can police search your phone? Must they obtain a search warrant? And what will happen if you refuse to provide your passcode or fingerprint required to access your phone?
Australia has been cognisant of the challenges aviation security poses.
That Australia has not suffered a successful terrorist attack on its aviation industry is testament to the resilience of our security system.
Even cheap dinners were found to influence prescribing habits.
An important new study in the United States has found doctors who receive just one cheap meal from a drug company tend to prescribe a lot more of that company's products.
Thought by many to be caused by alcohol, a skin condition is actually to blame for bulbous red noses seen on elderly men.
Painting by Domenico Ghirlandio, Wikimedia Commons
Many people will have seen a middle-aged or elderly man with an abnormally big red nose. Most think of it as synonymous with alcoholism, however it's a real condition that is not caused by alcohol.
We could be doing much more to prevent heart attacks.
Fewer than half of Australians who have had a heart attack take blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent them having another one.
Queensland’s laws targeting bikies are set to be replaced with more workable ones.
A report by a taskforce reviewing Queensland's anti-bikie laws is a step in the right direction for dealing with organised crime as a whole, rather than just focusing on one small sub-group.
Expanding the definitions of disease can cause a cascade of overtesting and overtreatment.
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The creation of new “pre-conditions” is turning millions of people into patients across the globe.
Victoria Police had reportedly warned Joseph Acquaro, who was gunned down in Brunswick this week, that he was a target of mafia groups.
Exactly what role does the mafia play in organised crime? And should Australian law enforcement agencies reassess their priorities?
Among the 61 recommendations is: ‘Don’t order chest x-rays in patients with uncomplicated acute bronchitis’.
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Harm doesn’t just come in the form of side-effects or further testing. The "cons" of any treatment also include the costs, which can be financial, emotional, and the costs of the individual’s time.
Consorting laws have been introduced under the pretext of combating organised crime – including that committed by bikie gangs.
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have introduced restrictive "consorting" laws. But are the laws justified? Are they an efficient and effective way to combat organised crime?
Attempts to disrupt the supply of ice have helped reveal the nature of the problem in Australia.
To tackle the ice problem, the government must learn from experience and avoid adopting a blinkered law enforcement approach.
« Les antibiotiques, ce n’est pas automatique », proclame une campagne institutionnelle. Mais le public, et même les médecins, ont encore du mal à se sentir concernés.
Doctors and patients are aware of the problem – they just don’t see themselves as responsible for it.
Bacteria become problematic when an infection occurs and antibiotics that would have treated the infection are no longer effective.
GPs have increased their test ordering by more than 50%. Imaging for back pain is one of the key culprits.
The evidence suggests too much medicine is doing us harm, particularly when treating knee pain, back pain, chest pain and screening for prostate cancer.
The Turnbull government’s package of measures to respond to domestic violence is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done.
Australia needs to treat and respond to domestic violence as a serious crime threat with risk mitigation and crime management strategies.