While we must put in place effective measures to protect against the malicious use of personal data, not using the information collected about Australians comes at a cost.
Leaked documents of a secret 'taskforce' to reform public hospital funding reveal some controversial proposals. So how are hospitals funded and why might this need changing?
Governments in anthrax endemic countries should build efficient surveillance systems that incorporate detection, confirmation and efficient data collation and feedback.
It is our view vitamin “gummies” that contain food acids, and have a high sugar content, are not medicines consumers need and their sale should be prohibited on public health grounds.
Forget tinkering with the rules of boxing. It's time for a wholesale change. Let's make hits to the groin the aim of the game and ban hits to the head.
No wonder obesity is a tough public health issue for governments to deal with. Our research has uncovered a range of barriers to tackling it, some more obvious than others.
Urban green spaces are most effective at delivering their full range of health, social and environmental benefits when physical improvement of the space is coupled with social engagement.
We've known for years that childhood trauma can have lifelong effects on our health. It's time for medicine and public health to start addressing the problem head-on.
The poor quality of hand sanitisers in Kenya poses a health concern. If this market remains unregulated these products might encourage the undetected transmission of infectious pathogens in hospitals.
Antenatal care is a vital time for both mother and unborn baby. It promotes and establishes good health before childbirth and after delivery.
Africa is expected to have among the steepest increases in the number of people affected by non-communicable diseases - it needs health care systems that can cope.
One of the confirmed causes of Chronic myeloid leukaemia is contact with an atomic weapon or nuclear radiation. Other risks factors of this type of cancer are still being established.
Pandemics are global threat but not everyone prepares for them in the same way.
The ABC's new show Ask the Doctor goes some way to explain the many contributors to obesity. So, why spoil it with the take-home message that willpower is all you need to lose weight?
Long-term studies help identify new risk factors for disease and how we might address them.
When is the upcoming ban on early evening TV sports betting ads not a real ban? When it's a partial ban that ignores how real people watch sport.
Cholera kills thousands every year but is treatable if it is caught early. Understanding how El Niño shifts cholera risks in Africa can help countries prepare for outbreaks and save lives.
Understanding controversial suicide death estimates in Mozambique is challenging due to a lack of readily available data.
The latest federal budget leaves mental health chronically underfunded, with inequitable access to services, and without a clear national strategy.
Yelp and Twitter can help us spot food poisoning outbreaks quickly. But a new study shows the data favor some communities over others.