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Giving people a bigger say in rural health care

September 17, 2013

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A radical ‘grass roots’ approach for providing health care to rural Australia is being pioneered in a new La Trobe University research project valued at almost a million dollars. Based on an award-winning community participation model in Scotland, it aims to turn on its head existing methods of planning and designing health services. Head of […]

Probing the mechanisms of motor neurone disease and dementia

December 6, 2011

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Cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one of the few people who have survived Motor neurone disease.  Almost paralysed, he has lived with the disease for about 50 years, trapped in a failing body. A group of closely related disorders, motor neurone disease affects the nerve cells controlling muscles in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in […]

Malaria researcher finalist in ‘People’s Choice’ award

September 5, 2011

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Genes targeted for potential new-generation drugs:   Alex Maier chose Australia as the best place to further his studies seeking a cure for malaria – a disease that kills more than one million people every year, most of them children. This year the former German scientist was chosen as Victorian finalist in the highly contested […]

New reproductive laws still discriminatory

September 5, 2011

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First study to seek views of clinicians and regulators: Having done away with controversial laws barring single and lesbian women from fertility treatment, Victoria’s revised legislation is likely to cause new problems – both for women and clinicians seeking to help them. This is revealed in a recent study published in the ‘Journal of Law […]

Victoria’s bush fire smoke reached stratospheric heights

September 5, 2011

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Landmark study probes impact on global climate science: Smoke from Victoria’s disastrous bushfires of 2009 circled the globe for more than three months, at heights previously thought unlikely, a La Trobe University study has found. The findings have been published in the leading Journal of Geophysical Research.  They challenged conventional scientific wisdom that fire-borne aerosols – […]