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Art by Dave Foster, 380 language groups for Australian Geographic.

Indigenous language link reveals common ancestor

New research has found a ground-breaking link between Australian Indigenous languages, demonstrating for the first time that all Indigenous languages descend from one common ancestor.


newborn baby

World-first study links birth interventions and long-term childhood illness

A team of leading international researchers have found significant links between medical interventions used in the birthing process – such as caesarean section and induction – and a child’s long-term health.


Pregnant woman

Rethinking childbirth education could save $97 million p.a.

Research led by The University of Notre Dame Australia, NICM and Western Sydney University, shows antenatal education not only reduces the rates of medical interventions during childbirth, but can save the healthcare system up to $97 million per year.


Stem cell cataract research

Western Sydney University leads world-first cataract research

A team of researchers from Western Sydney University are on track to significantly improve the lives of children and adults with cataracts thanks to their development of a world-first process able to generate light-focusing lenses from stem cells.


Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad

The Lebs: challenging literary traditions and perceptions of Australianess

Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s new novel The Lebs challenges literary traditions and perceptions of Australianess.


Baby in hospital

Unexpected arrival: Study describes the mothers most likely to give birth outside of hospital

Waiting for a baby to arrive can be anxious business. Once labour starts, how long do you wait before going to hospital? Should you take your time, have a bath, and prepare for a long labour – or is your baby likely to crown when you’re stuck in traffic?


Blood sample

Haphazard cholesterol checks place Australians at risk of heart disease

Nearly half of Australians on stable lipid-lowering treatment may be having fewer high-density lipoprotein (HDL-C) testing than recommended by national guidelines, while nearly one fifth are having more tests than recommended, new research reveals.


Otitis media research

The buck stops ear: Researchers hone-in on ear infection endemic

It’s the national health tragedy that’s falling on deaf ears: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the highest rates of ‘otitis media’ – or middle ear infection – in the world.



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