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  • Australasia’s cancer research breakthroughs showcased at 2nd Lowy Cancer Symposium

    Thursday, 16 May 2013

    MEDIA RELEASE: The Lowy Cancer Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Medicine Faculty (UNSW Medicine) will host the 2nd Lowy Cancer Symposium: Discovering Cancer Therapeutics, highlighting Australasia’s cancer research breakthroughs and showcasing some of the best international...

  • Re-stigmatising the mentally ill

    Wednesday, 15 May 2013

    OPINION: Just when we thought we were heading for a more tolerant and accepting attitude toward people afflicted by mental illness, a feature and a news article in Saturday’s The Australian quoting leaders in the area of forensic psychiatry have revived the old mental-illness-equals-axe-murderer...

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    Mapping the human brain

    Thursday, 09 May 2013

    Two UNSW researchers are among 11 world experts to address the US Congress this week as part of President Barack Obama’s initiative to map the human brain. Neurosurgeon Charlie Teo, who is a senior lecturer at UNSW, and stem cell researcher Associate Professor Kuldip Sidhu have been chosen to...

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    Updating systematic reviews at the click of a mouse

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013

    Systematic reviews could one day be updated in minutes at a fraction of the current cost thanks to new automation, according to Dr Guy Tsafnat of the Centre for Health Informatics. Reviews of the evidence provide valuable decision support for doctors, but it takes one or two people up to two years...

  • Why it's hard for obese people to lose weight

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013

    Like in a terror network, removing the key players from clinical networks can result in the collapse of the entire network, according to research conducted by Janet Long of the Centre for Clinical Governance Research. Clinical networks – or collaborations between health professionals from different...

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    Is the ED the best place for patients to die?

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013

    Of the 140,000 people who die in Australia each year, at least 100,000 are “expected” to die. Of these, 54% die in acute care hospitals and only 16% die at home.  For the majority of those patients, their end-of life (EOL) trajectory is characterised by long term deterioration with multiple...

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    Keeping faith on accreditation

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013

    Accreditation should be seen as an ongoing quality improvement and review process rather than a one-off challenge to be met, said Dr David Greenfield of the Centre for Clinical Governance Research, University of New South Wales (UNSW). As part of the ARC-funded ACCREDIT Project, which Professors...

  • Are antidepressants over-prescribed?

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013

    Systematic reviews could one day be updated in minutes at a fraction of the current cost thanks to new automation, according to Dr Guy Tsafnat of the Centre for Health Informatics. Reviews of the evidence provide valuable decision support for doctors, but it takes one or two people up to two years...

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    Electronic information systems improve patient care

    Tuesday, 07 May 2013

    Introducing an electronic information system into the emergency department (ED) enables faster and better-informed decision making and specialty consultations, according to a study of the doctors and nurses who are using them. And while many users questioned the time it took to input data into the...