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Menzies is an independent medical and research institute, a national leader in health, education and research training.

Menzies has made a difference in people’s lives for more than a quarter of a century.

Specialising in Indigenous and tropical health research, the team at Menzies carry out research in more than 60 Indigenous communities across Australia and in developing countries in our region.

We continue to find new ways of breaking the cycle of disease and improving the health and wellbeing of Australian society and beyond.

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If you have been drinking more water than your body needs, the body tells the kidney filters to get rid of the spare water. That’s when your urine will look paler. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: why is urine yellow?

One of the waste products that your kidneys put into your urine is a chemical called urobilin, and it is yellow.
Health education needs to lift spirits and give optimism, such as this image of Peter Parmbuk and Marcus Kinthari washing their hands at the Gerry the Germ area of the Wadeye Health Centre in 2010. Clive Hyde/AAP

Words from Arnhem land: Aboriginal health messages need to be made with us rather than for us

The disempowering effect of lack of knowledge, and the downstream impacts on health behaviours and outcomes, underpins the disadvantage of First Nations people.
Only around half of at-risk Indigenous Australians are taking preventative medication for heart disease. from www.shutterstock.com

Getting a heart check early can prevent heart attack and stroke in Indigenous Australians

A new study has found too few Indigenous people are getting health checks, despite their elevated risk of heart problems.
The long road to abortion reform in the NT has been made possible by community campaigns, and gender parity in the lower house. Brian Yap/Flickr

Decriminalisation in the NT signals abortion is part of normal health care

Decriminalisation is important as it signals to the community that abortion is part of gynaecological care and should not be treated differently to any other form of health care.
Imagine spending an extra $68 every time you did a $100 shop – and getting nothing extra for it. thebittenword.com/flickr

Food price gap shows need for subsidies and promo deals for remote areas

On average, all food is 53% more expensive in remote communities, with the price increasing annually by approximately 5%, compared to an annual rise of only about 1% in Darwin supermarkets.
Indigenous prisoners perform a welcome ceremony at the 2014 opening of Darwin’s $500 million prison, which is likely to be full by 2018. AAP/Neda Vanovac

State of imprisonment: if locking ‘em up is the goal, NT’s a success

The Northern Territory stands out for having one of the highest imprisonment rates in the world - much higher even than in the US - and it’s hard to argue that this does the community much good.
If you’re born underweight, like this little baby on the left, it can make a world of difference to your lifelong health. Menzies Health

Australia’s 7 Up: the revealing study tracking babies to adults

Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion with students in the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory. Research shows acting on overcrowded housing could greatly improve Indigenous kids’ school attendance in remote communities. AAP/Neda Vanovac

How crowded homes can lead to empty schools in the bush

Tony Abbott is spending this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Australian Aboriginals are at most risk of bad physical and mental health and they have the worst health services in the country. publik16/Flickr

Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north

Aboriginal people living in remote communities have much worse health status and longevity than other Australians. And this imbalance will not be remedied until governments work with Aboriginal leaders…
Providing a subsidised fruit and vegetable box to Indigenous families improved child health outcomes, the study showed. AAP Image/Tara Ravens

Indigenous child health improves when fruit and veg are cheap: study

Providing subsidised fruit and vegetable scheme to low-income Indigenous families in northern New South Wales improves children’s health and significantly reduces antibiotic use, a new study has found…
Recent research finds new potential treatments for Tuberculosis, a disease that affects over eight million people worldwide each year. shin

Lung gas holds clue for future tuberculosis treatment

Australian researchers have uncovered a link between low levels of the gas nitric oxide in the lungs of tuberculosis patients and the body’s ability to fight the deadly disease, opening the door to potential…

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