Impact and engagement

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?

The link between childhood obesity and poor learning
Obesity is a global epidemic. The number of obese adults has more than doubled to 600 million worldwide since 1980, according to the World Health Organization.