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health May 27, 2017

Cutting-edge research into corneal transplants

Something as simple as cleaning an oven can have life-changing consequences if things go wrong. One accidental splash of caustic cleaner into an eye can leave people with loss of vision and pain from ulceration. And up until now, no effective...

health May 20, 2017

Post-traumatic growth and the Black Saturday bushfires

In the days and months after Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, Rhonda Abotomey felt overwhelmed by the scope and scale of what she had experienced. Abotomey lost three family members in the fires that raged through the state and...

health April 29, 2017

Design for wellbeing in healthy houses

It took a brief involving a 10-year-old autistic boy to steer Melbourne architect Anthony Clarke towards a largely uncharted area of specialisation. The boy’s parents were one of Clarke’s early clients and they wanted their new family home to allow...

health May 6, 2017

Health and climate change

Ruby was 90 when she was admitted into the busy Melbourne emergency department in that horrendous summer of 2009 that smashed heat and disaster toll records. She told hospital staff her walker had got caught on the edge of the carpet and she had...

health April 7, 2017

Supporting mental health carers

He looked like any other nervous kid sitting for the 2010 Higher School Certificate, but the mere fact this boy from country Victoria had reached that point was a triumph. Blake, who wants to be known only by his first name, had assumed an...

health March 4, 2017

Ménière’s disease and hearing disorders

At 15, schoolgirl Elizabeth Bova, worn down by violent dizzy attacks and ringing ears, asked her neurologist to destroy a critical part of her inner ear in the hope of regaining some semblance of peace. Since her first year in...

health February 11, 2017

The clown doctors of Lady Cilento

In a quiet and unassuming corner of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane, a transformation is taking place. Inside a nondescript room are two women who seek to make people laugh so that they might forget their...

health February 4, 2017

Biology-inspired smart fabrics

In 2013 students at a weaving course in the United States were surprised to discover the ambitions of one of their classmates. While they had their sights set on stylish sofa throws or rugs, biomedical engineer Professor...

health December 9, 2016

Men and Parenting Pathways study

The millennium role model dad is quite a guy. He’s that superhero in jeans and T-shirt who confidently takes his preschooler to the park for a play date while his newborn sits contentedly in a sling across his chest. Naturally...

health November 19, 2016

The neglected world of comorbid disorders

In the ambulance, Katelyn (not her real name) wondered if she was having a psychotic episode. She thought she heard the ECG monitor emitting a drawn-out tone. For the past eight weeks she’d been told her heart could stop at...

health November 5, 2016

Magnetic technology for early onset scoliosis

In October this year Ella Hammond was booked in to see her orthopaedic surgeon in Sydney for a procedure that had her mother excited but edgy. The surgery was to lengthen the rods that had been implanted in the three-year-old’...