Curtin University

With more than 44,000 students, Curtin University is one of Australia’s largest tertiary institutions. Based in Perth, Western Australia, it boasts a strong international presence with campuses in Sydney, Singapore and Malaysia. Curtin offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, health sciences, humanities, Aboriginal studies, science and engineering. It is also recognised for its research in the areas of minerals and energy, ICT and emerging technologies, health and sustainable development.

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If ADHD is a neurobiological disorder, a child’s birthdate or gender should have no bearing on their chances of being diagnosed. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Youngest in class twice as likely to take ADHD medication

New research has found the youngest children in West Australian primary school classes are twice as likely as their oldest classmates to receive medication for ADHD.
How will it fit in? Every new development should consider the existing neighbourhood character. Tod Jones

When gentrification lacks empathy: a case study

The Melbourne suburb of Richmond is prime inner-city real estate, but the community is paying a price for redevelopment that jars with the existing neighbourhood.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman will investigate Centrelink’s automated debt-recovery system. AAP/Dan Peled

Why Centrelink should adopt a light touch when data matching

Centrelink's debt recovery system is using information in a way that it was not designed to be applied, without properly adjusting for differences between the tax and social security system.
It’s important to look at what businesses are purchasing. Shutterstock

Explainer: why markets care what businesses are buying

If you're into business and finance there are myriad numbers you can look at. But PMI is one of the better ones if you really want to know where an economy is going.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about antimatter. Shutterstock

Antimatter breakthrough sheds light on matter’s shadowy twin

One of the great mysteries of the universe is why there is so much more matter than antimatter. Now a new experiment is helping us understand the nature of antimatter better than ever before.
MYEFO leaves Treasurer Scott Morrison with the difficult task of managing Australia through a period of both sluggish GDP growth and a persistent budget deficit. Mick Tsikas/AAP

There are two big political problems buried in the latest budget update

Next year GDP will grow at the second-slowest rate in 16 years, according to MYEFO. This has big implications for unemployment and the deficit.
People who haven’t experienced drug dependence often don’t know why it’s so difficult to kick the habit. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: what makes it so hard to quit drugs?

Regardless of how they are consumed, alcohol and other drugs eventually make their way into the brain via the bloodstream. Once there, they affect how messages are sent through the brain.
You can’t burn fat off a specific area, but you can build different muscles to change the shape of your body. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How we can change our body shape with exercise

Once we reach adulthood, our bone structure and proportions are fixed, but we can manipulate our muscles.
The kinds of activities volunteers can do have changed, from long-term activities to more short-term, episodic volunteering. AAP/Dan Peled

Why don’t more people volunteer? Misconceptions don’t help

Volunteers in Australia are essential to the provision of a range of services. Yet Western countries – including Australia – have recently reported a decline in volunteer rates.
A march in Perth on Australia Day this year in support of Indigenous people. Angie Raphael/AAP

Changing the date – and a state of mind – from the westerly edges

Changing the date of Australia Day celebrations – as the City of Fremantle has done – is a move towards a less racist future. And when it comes to challenging insularity, there are other positive signs in Western Australia.

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