University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised, research-intensive university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research and community engagement spanning more than 160 years.

Its outstanding performance in international rankings puts the University of Melbourne at the forefront of higher education globally. It is ranked number 1 in Australia by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 28th worldwide. Melbourne’s position as Australia’s top University has also been reaffirmed in the 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings, in which it has moved up three places from last year, to equal 54th in the world and third in the Asia-Pacific.

The University is uniquely located on the fringe of the city of Melbourne’s central business district. It serves as a hub for the Parkville research precinct – one of the world’s leading centres of medical and biotechnological research – and is a vital part of surrounding neighbourhoods such as cosmopolitan Carlton.

About 50,000 of the best and brightest students from around the globe come to study at the University of Melbourne.

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There is already a substantial list of research reports, reviews and inquiries into issues in the vocational education sector which could be used to build an action plan. www.shutterstock.com

The vocational education sector needs a plan and action, not more talk

We already have all the research reports, reviews and inquiries we need to make reform to the VET sector happen. What we need is proactive leadership and action.
Corruption isn’t always illegal. Transparency International defines it as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Shutterstock

Equality: our secret weapon to fight corruption

Beneath conflicting trends in corruption surveys is a clear truth: addressing inequality makes good economic sense.
The Melbourne Apartments Project developed by the Barnett Foundation offered 28 units to households living within 4km of the site and willing to leave their social housing. Barnett Foundation

Affordable home-ownership scheme offers a pathway out of social housing

Shared equity models have a dual benefit of making home ownership affordable for people on modest incomes and freeing up scarce social housing for other households in need.
Vancouver has scaled up delivery of affordable social housing to about 15 times as much as Melbourne over the past three years. Shutterstock

Ten lessons from cities that have risen to the affordable housing challenge

Cities overseas that have been able to overcome the affordable housing challenges facing cities like Melbourne have adopted a coordinated and systemic approach to scaling up solutions that work.
Shifting negative attitudes towards ageing, the elderly, death and dying is a social challenge and key to an effective aged care workforce strategy. Shutterstock

Bring on the royal commission, but we have a plan to act on aged care right now

There is no need to wait for royal commission recommendations to act on aged care. We can implement a national strategy to improve the sector's workforce in the next year three years.
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Poll wrap: Labor drops in Newspoll but still has large lead; NSW ReachTEL poll tied 50-50

The Coalition's recent hit in the polls seems to be subsiding, while Kerryn Phelps may have made a damaging error by announcing she'll preference the Liberals in the Wentworth byelection.
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC’s first Annual Public Meeting. JOEL CARRETT/AAP

Media Files: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why

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ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked today, despite being less than halfway through her five-year term. The major question is: why? Today on the podcast, we explore the possibilities.
There are many barriers to the implementation of the Anti-Domestic Violence Law. In particular, the community has yet to be adequately educated about domestic violence laws.

Why stigma against victims of domestic violence persists in Indonesia

It has been 14 years since Indonesia enacted the Anti-Domestic Violence Law, but victims are still stigmatised for speaking out.
Everyone was up in arms about a lack of privacy with the My Health Record, but the privacy is the same for other types of patient data. from www.shutterstock.com

If privacy is increasing for My Health Record data, it should apply to all medical records

New laws mean My Health Record data is more protected than other patient data. Privacy policies should be the same across the board.

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