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New mothers, infants and adolescents face challenges to healthy food and nutrition - research shows

Huge challenges are preventing new mothers, their infants and adolescents from eating healthy food and getting adequate nutrition.


Less screen time and more sleep critical for preventing depression

A cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis of data from the UK Biobank, has found that lifestyle factors such as less screen time, adequate sleep, a better-quality diet, and physical activity strongly impact depression.


Western research team awarded US Office of Naval Research ‘Global-X’ grant to develop world first event-based underwater sensing technology

Western has been awarded a ‘Global-X’ research grant from the United States Office of Naval Research Global to lead a new project utilising world-first event based underwater sensing technology.


Koala hotspot populations on NSW North Coast in long-term decline, study finds

Western Sydney University research has analysed close to three decades of data from koala hotspots in New South Wales — to find populations have steadily declined, with disease the most common reason koalas have been admitted to care.


Artist expedition captures recovering Blue Mountains swamplands

A group of well-known Australian artists have completed an artistic expedition to a rare upland swamp in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, as part of Western Sydney University’s acclaimed ‘Painted River Project’.


School temperature mapping provides first guidelines for cooler schools

A new research report by Western Sydney University and Macquarie University into the impacts of outdoor heat on school children has made practical design recommendations to better cool our schools.


Girls at school in Solomon Islands (image: Plan International)

Cable internet brings both opportunities and risks to millions of children and young people in the Pacific, reveals new report

Research shows how the rollout of cable internet systems across the Pacific opens up unprecedented learning opportunities for children but also exposes them to new risks of harm.


Study: Māori health disparity has persisted for a quarter of a century

An international research team has analysed the health records of people with diabetes in New Zealand – exposing the full extent of the health disparities experienced by people of Māori and Pacific Islands heritage.



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