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Sheep are among the most common carriers of Q fever. Jorgen Haland/Unsplash

Australia’s drought could be increasing Q fever risk, but there are ways we can protect ourselves

Q fever is a flu-like infection that spreads to people from animals. The bacteria that causes it can withstand harsh environmental conditions – in particular, drought.
Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef is pictured in the Library of Parliament on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

The more women in government, the healthier a population

New research shows that female politicians spend more on health and education, improving the well-being of a population.
Indigenous kids experience more major life events than non-Indigenous kids, and this can affect their health. Rusty Stewart/Flickr

How discrimination and stressful events affect the health of our Indigenous kids

High Indigenous mortality rates mean Indigenous children may observe the death of relatives and experience grieving more often than the general population.
Blister-packs of the contraceptive drug Diane-35. In Kenya, millions of women do not have access to contraception methods. Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Kenya needs a new plan to make contraceptives accessible again

Contraception gives women the choice of how many children to have and when to have them. This empowers them - but millions of women in Kenya do not have this choice.
Given the money Australia has spent on mental health, it’s surprising that population data doesn’t show expected gains. Ben Barnes

Why hasn’t the mental health of Australians improved?

Despite two decades of investment in improving mental health services, the mental health of Australians has not improved. This may be because haven’t been spending money on the right approach and need…

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