Impact and engagement
Too close to home: The closer the pokies venue, the greater the loss
Just living close to a gaming venue increases the likelihood that you will gamble, face an increased risk of bankruptcy and experience poor mental health.
Health SWAps work
The sector-wide approach (SWAp) has been a prominent way to operationalise principles for aid effectiveness. A health SWAp is a formal agreement between an aid-recipient government and its donors.
The profile of a distressed worker: young, female and in casual work
The most detailed picture yet of those most affected by economic downturns shows young women suffer the greatest increase in psychological distress.
Loneliness is not just a health burden; it also has an economic cost
Loneliness has an economic cost. As a new study reveals its link with mental health in Australia, what can be done?
Why is mental healthcare treatment among children and young adults so low?
Less than half of all young adults facing mental health issues access professional help. Instead, they turn to friends and family for help with personal and emotional problems. Why?
Saving blood: Managing supply without health risks
Changes to patient blood management guidelines have lowered health risks for patients and reduced costs with fewer blood transfusions and less time spent in the hospital.
Teacher assessment bias: Overweight children more likely to be rated lower
Heavier primary school children are given less favourable academic assessments by their teachers.
Young women are hit doubly hard by recessions, especially this one
Women in their early-20's and mid-40's are more affected by local economic downturns than men.
Bouncing back from COVID-19: what determines resilience?
'She'll be right mate' is Australia's version of Britain's 'Keep calm and carry on'. But what determines our ability to bounce back when life deals a heavy blow?
Don't hold off breast cancer screening, women told
COVID-19 has made women reluctant to attend routine breast cancer screening, but there is a compelling reason not to put it off: cost.
How COVID-19 widens the divide between rich and poor children
Financial hardship from the COVID-19 lockdown will broaden the gap between rich and poor, with children faring worst.
Why economics is the missing piece in the mental health puzzle
Our governments spend less than $400 a year per person on mental health services. That has to change. But what's the best approach?
How economic conditions impact on opioid deaths in Australia
Unemployment-related stress leads to an increase in prescription opioid deaths; so does economic uncertainty.
Where should our mental health dollars go?
Mental health issues can have little-understood but long-reaching consequences for individuals, families, neighbourhoods. Developing a mental health policy that best utilises our economic resources is crucial for all Australians.
Fixing Australia's health system
The 'Americanisation' of our health system; pharmaceutical protectionism; a regulator for health – Professor Jeff Richardson has been at the coalface of these policy debates for more than 30 years.
Weighing up the costs of childhood obesity
As the Federal Government's inquiry into the obesity epidemic gets underway, new research shows the overall cost of childhood obesity may be much higher than previously thought.
Understanding the long term costs of natural disasters
Just how long does it take a community to get back on its feet following a natural disaster? And how much do we really know about the long-term effects on people's living standards, job prospects, educational outcomes and health?