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How adaptable are common urban tree species under drought conditions?

Researchers in the Which Plant Where project based at Western Sydney University have assessed urban tree species to select species that are more likely to cope with heat and drought as they mature.


Woman who gave birth in hospital

Expert: Babies will fare well against COVID-19 if they are kept close to mum

A Western researcher has compared the potential health implications of COVID-19 for newborn babies, against the impact of being separated from their mother.


Collecting water samples

Study finds platypus paddles in “surprising” Sydney waterways

A pilot study of one of Australia’s most elusive creatures, the platypus, has revealed they are living in unlikely, urban locations in Sydney.


Aerial view of Australian housing

New research explores stress of unaffordable and insecure housing on older renters

With the number of older Australians who rent projected to increase over the next decade, a new report calls for urgent action to address rental affordability and security on a national scale.


Baby hand

Study: If women’s birth choices aren’t supported, they may go it alone

A Western Sydney University study has found that women may be prepared to deliver their babies at home, unassisted, if Australia’s maternity health system is not reformed.


Pregnant woman

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.


Global turtle study highlights extinction risk and roadmap to recovery

A Western Sydney University researcher has contributed to the first global and comprehensive assessment of the world’s turtle and tortoise species.



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