Thursday, 29 June 2017

'Natural’ contraceptive methods on the rise in Australia

Authored by Dr Karen Freilich & Dr Sara Holton

Although most people in Australia use a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy, many use less effective contraceptive methods and few use long-acting reversible methods such as IUDs and implants.

A recent study by Monash University found that around one in seven sexually-active Australians use no contraception, and a further one in seven (15 per cent) use ‘natural’ contraceptive methods, such as withdrawal or fertility-awareness-based methods. This is a considerable increase from previous studies which have indicated that less than seven per cent of people use these methods.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Two new public health traineeships secured

In a major win for the School, we have received funding to act as a host institution for two advanced public health trainees in the 2018 cohort of the Victorian Public Health Medicine Training Scheme (VPHMTS). The scheme builds Victoria’s capacity in public health, producing graduates with strong skills and leadership to tackle current and emerging public health issues and cover public health emergencies such as the 2016 thunderstorm asthma event.

1,000th participant joins statin trial

1,000th participant Susan Ball (centre) celebrates with StaREE team members

Based on an article by Fleur O’Hare and Tania Ewing

An SPHPM-led national trial investigating whether cholesterol lowering drugs can lead to a healthier life in people 70 years of age and above has reached an important milestone with the registration of its 1,000th participant.

The STAtins in Reducing Events in the Elderly (STAREE) trial aims to recruit over 10,000 older adults to explore the debate around who are likely to benefit from statin treatment, weighing up the benefits and potential side effects of treatment. Statins are low cost, over-the-counter drugs used by millions of Australians to protect against heart attacks. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Excellence Awards showcase the ways we improve healthcare

SPHPM’s high-quality and diverse spread of research was on show at the School’s annual Excellence Awards earlier this month. The ceremony was held in the newly opened Conference Rooms at 553 St Kilda Road and was opened by ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine, who spoke about the need for scientists to share their passion and discoveries with media and the community.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Better pain management needed in emergency departments

The effectiveness of acupuncture for reducing acute back or ankle pain in the emergency department (ED) is comparable with that of pain relief drugs, but neither treatment, either alone or in combination, provides adequate relief within the first hour, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Over 20,000 people are treated in EDs each day in Australia and pain is the primary cause of attendance.1,2 


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