Life in the human herd is complex, and we are unavoidably inter-dependent when it comes to our health. Population health science looks at the things that cause ill-health in the first place.
Health and demographic surveillance systems are important to understand people and the societies that they live in.
Australia’s policies on preventing heart disease are based on outdated research from the US.
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.
Long-term studies help us prevent the type of diseases that would otherwise land us in hospital.
Long-term studies help identify new risk factors for disease and how we might address them.
Jamestown in Accra, Ghana, is home to many migrants from other parts of the country.
Vast numbers of people who migrate in search of a better life end up living in marginal conditions that put their health at risk. But individual lifestyle is also an important factor.
Indigenous kids experience more major life events than non-Indigenous kids, and this can affect their health.
High Indigenous mortality rates mean Indigenous children may observe the death of relatives and experience grieving more often than the general population.
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
Blister-packs of the contraceptive drug Diane-35. In Kenya, millions of women do not have access to contraception methods.
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.
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…