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Australia AIDS free? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 12th, 2016.

Australian officials made headlines this week when they announced that AIDS was no longer an epidemic in their country, but New Zealand researchers warned against complacency. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) announced that with the extraordinary progress made against AIDS, it is now possible to “virtually eliminate” HIV infections in Australia. Head of the […]

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Australian Federal Budget 2015 – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on May 13th, 2015.

Australia’s Federal Government has delivered the latest federal budget, which includes funding top-ups and cuts to various scientific programmes. A summary of the impact on science, compiled by the Australian Academy of Science, can be viewed below – along with expert reaction collected by our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre on how the budget […]

Safe IVF in New Zealand – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on November 6th, 2014.

New Zealand and Australia are world leaders when it comes to safe In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), confirms a new report that summarises the latest data from the two countries. The authors of the Assisted Reproductive Technology in Australia and New Zealand 2012 report analysed data about IVF cycles undertaken in 2012 and the resulting babies born. They found that rates of multiple […]

Suspected Ebola case in Australia – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 11th, 2014.

A 25 year old Australian man, who has recently returned from a visit to the Ebola-affected Congo, has been admitted to a Gold Coast hospital after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms. It has not yet been established whether the man actually has the deadly virus. For background on the virus from earlier Science Media Centre round ups, […]

Pot-smoking teens less likely to finish high school

Laura Goodall posted in on September 11th, 2014.

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new research published […]

Australian court rules breast cancer DNA patenting – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on September 5th, 2014.

The full bench of the Federal Court of Australia has ruled that private companies do have the right to patent human genes. The court upheld a decision from February 2013 that ruled patents on breast cancer genes were valid because the method of isolating the gene created something new and could therefore be patented. Last […]

Australian smoulders under extreme heatwave

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 14th, 2014.

Health alerts have been issued and bushfires threaten as a major heatwave hits heavily-populated parts of Australia this week. Our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre have rounded up the following expert comments on various aspects of extreme heat. Further comments are available on their website. Alasdair Hainsworth is Assistant Director for Weather Services […]

UPDATED: Bushfires in New South Wales – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 18th, 2013.

Dozens of bushfires continue to rage in New South Wales, Australia.  Our friends at the Australian Science Media Centre have gathered expert comments below. We will update this page with new comments as they come in. On the decision to declare a State of Emergency in NSW, allowing people to be forced to leave their […]

Australian anthrax outbreak – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 20th, 2013.

An outbreak of anthrax in New South Wales, Australia, has killed up to 40 cattle and several farms in the area have been quarantined to stop the spread of the bacterial disease. Experts note that such outbreaks, while relatively rare, are to be expected from time to time. Our colleagues at the Australian SMC collected […]

Australia plans world’s largest marine reserve

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2012.

The Australian Government has released details of its final Commonwealth Marine Reserves Networks Proposals, revealing plans to create the world’s biggest network of marine reserves. Environment Minister Tony Burke this week released the Government’s final network of marine reserves which – once proclaimed under national environmental law – will increase the number of marine reserves […]

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