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Who is our health regulator, AHPRA, and does it operate effectively?

In Australia, we sometimes hear of problems in the health industry regarding anaesthetics, cosmetic surgeons or chiropractors acting in ways that could be, and sometimes are, harmful to patients.


Sore losers forgetting the importance of grace in defeat

Defeat is a truer test of character than victory. Whether it’s the US Open or Australian politics, the way participants deal with failure impacts the contest overall, with implications well beyond a moment of madness.


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Friday essay: the rise of the ‘bin chicken’, a totem for modern Australia

In just a few decades, the Australian White Ibis has made itself at home in many of Australia’s coastal and inland cities.


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Pay to play: is participating in sport becoming too expensive for everyday Australians?

Australians spend nearly A$11 billion a year on sport and physical activity participation fees, according to the Australian Sports Commission.


Diabetes, Professor David Simmons

Community power beats a pill when it comes to combatting diabetes

I have no doubt that the people of Campbelltown are sick of hearing about the high rates of diabetes in their region. What I don’t think they hear enough about is the solutions that exist.


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I have painful periods, could it be endometriosis?

Nine in ten young women experience the cramping or stabbing of period pain just before their monthly bleed or as it starts.


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Health Check: how long are you contagious with gastro?

There’s no way you’d want to go to work when you’ve got the telltale signs of gastro: nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.


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The US plan for a Space Force risks escalating a ‘space arms race’

United States Vice President Mike Pence has confirmed overnight plans to create a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the US military.



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