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Oz sizzles as climate action cools – Jim Salinger

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 26th, 2017.

2017 has been a sizzler for Australia, showing global warming is alive and well, but as Dr Jim Salinger writes in the NZ Herald, both Australian and New Zealand governments are failing on climate action. An excerpt (read in full): As Australia sizzles and the ice on our Southern Alps shrink what climate action is […]

Faster medicinal cannabis access in Australia – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 22nd, 2017.

The Australian Federal Government has made changes to speed up access to medicinal marijuana, which patients will be required to request through their GP. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the change today, which he said would facilitate faster access to medicinal cannabis for patients with the necessary approvals. Imports by approved providers will be authorised for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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