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Study finds women’s birth choices more likely to be supported by a midwife

A Western Sydney University study has found that it is possible for women to have a successful VBAC – and to feel safe, secure and supported in their birth choice – if they engage the services of a midwife.


New report: global snapshot of COVID-19 response

Western Sydney University’s Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative have used international research linkages to produce a new report on government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Opinion: 3 planning strategies for Western Sydney jobs, but do they add up?

The problem of not enough jobs in Western Sydney has been in the public spotlight for half a century. At the same time, record immigration levels and cheap housing on new residential estates on the urban fringe have fuelled growth in the region’s labour force.


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Opinion: Our laws failed these endangered flying-foxes at every turn. On Saturday, Cairns council will put another nail in the coffin

On Saturday, Cairns Regional Council will disperse up to 8,000 endangered spectacled flying-foxes from their nationally important camp in central Cairns.


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Opinion: Recession will hit job-poor parts of Western Sydney very hard

After 2016 – but before COVID-19, it should be said – Western Sydney experienced a mini jobs boom. Growth came from the region’s extraordinary surge in population, driven by record levels of immigration.


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Researcher lends a helping hand to foster care storyline on Neighbours

A Western expert has lent her expertise to one of Australia’s most popular, long-running drama series – to ensure that an important new storyline provides an accurate depiction of foster families in Australia.



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