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Smashing the road toll: Easter and beyond

Friday 14 April 2017

Road deaths in Australia peaked in 1970, when 3,798 people died. A long-term downwards trend in road deaths means our road toll is now less than a third of that peak figure, but the road toll and the burden of injuries from road accidents remain a public health challenge.

Demand for Action on World Health Day

Friday 7 April 2017

Today, at the final day of the 15th World Congress on Public Health, delegates from over 83 countries carried by acclamation two Demands for Action.

Labia Library; domestic and economic violence; and more: Women’s health stories from the World Congress on Public Health

Thursday 6 April 2017

Around 4,500 people visit the Labia Library every day—women want to know what ‘normal’ genitalia look like.

Inside story on Syria; healthy parks healthy people; abortion by telehealth; and more: Stories from Day 4 of the World Congress on Public Health

Thursday 6 April 2017

Australian parents want water to become the standard drink offered to their children when eating out. In a Parents’ Voice survey of Australian parents, 89 per cent agreed that water should be the default option in kids’ meals.

Syria; self-driving cars; big businesses spreading disease; and more: Stories from Day 3 at the World Congress on Public Health

Wednesday 5 April 2017

The recent use of chemical weapons and toxic industrial chemicals in the Syrian civil war, with thousands of innocent civilians killed and injured, has once again illustrated the threat of inhumane, indiscriminate, and banned weapons of mass destruction to humankind, the environment, and public health.

Tobacco Australian Achievement

Wednesday 5 April 2017

Nearly 80% of the world's 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. Despite that, global annual cigarette sales rose from 5 trillion sticks in 1990 to about 6 trillion today. Prabhat Jha has been a key figure in epidemiology and economics of global health for the past decade, particularly influential in tobacco control.

Surviving the dark side of adolescence

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Adolescence can be the best years of your life—exploring your freedom to think, party, travel. But it can also be the worst—accidental injuries, street crime, depression, stress, and putting on unwanted weight.

New flu types; Africa getting healthier; Trump; and more—Global challenges at the World Congress on Public Health

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Over the past decade, Africans have been getting healthier—there are half as many kids dying of malaria; more and more people receiving life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS; and polio, leprosy and measles are close to elimination.

Sex after 65; CT scans raising kids’ cancer risks; are celebrities bad for your health; and more from Day 1 of the World Congress on Public Health

Monday 3 April 2017

In 2013 Melbourne researchers reported that Australia kids exposed to CT scans were at greater risk of cancer in later years. Today John Mathews and his team report that the risk is higher than they initially thought especially at the youngest ages.

Eliminating HIV and hepatitis B & C by 2030; what Trump means for public health; we’re getting fatter and sicker; and more from Day 1 of the World Congress on Public Health

Monday 3 April 2017

Public health has transformed the world. We have longer and healthier lives. Roads, work, food are all safer. So why are populist politicians and media portraying public health leaders as ‘enemies of the people’ asks Martin McKee.

Global Leaders in Public Health on their way to Melbourne

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The world's most important international gathering on public health, the World Congress on Public Health 2017 (WCPH) is on its way to Melbourne, Australia next week for five days of knowledge exchange on key public health issues which contribute to protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level.

What is saving and taking women’s lives?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Globally women are living longer, healthier lives—what are the success stories and new challenges? Girls born today—International Women’s Day—can expect to live 20 years longer than women born in 1960, the same birth year as Nigella Lawson, Bono and Erin Brockovich.

Celebrating longer, healthier lives on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

What is saving and taking women’s lives in 2017? The global average life expectancy for a girl born today is about 74 years. That’s 20 years more than women born in 1960.

From clean air and water in developing nations to chronic disease in wealthy nations: World Congress on Public Health explores saving lives by the millions

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

In Australia, we’re blessed with safe drinking water. We have more to fear from sugary drinks, with chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, now responsible for 85 per cent of deaths worldwide.

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