Are you at risk of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes? It depends on where you live

Rae Thomas, Bond University; Clare Heal, James Cook University, and Julia Lowe, University of Newcastle Sarah lives in London. She is pregnant with her first child. Her mother had gestational diabetes and Sarah is told this puts her into a higher risk category for the condition, thus she should have a test. At 26 weeks, she has a 75g fasting glucose test to see if … Continue reading Are you at risk of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes? It depends on where you live

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The complex relationship between Mental Health, Crime and the criminal justice system

In the criminal justice system, mental health presents a lot of legal issues. Especially when the individual in question has mental health issues but is not officially diagnosed.  For example, when it comes to murder, under Commonwealth law in Australia, unsoundness of mind can be used as a defence to a criminal charge. Application of this law means that people who are charged with a … Continue reading The complex relationship between Mental Health, Crime and the criminal justice system

Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

Juanita Westbury, University of Tasmania Last month the aged care minister Ken Wyatt announced he would introduce regulations to address the use of “chemical restraint” in residential aged care – a practice where residents are given psychotropic drugs which affect their mental state in order to “control” their behaviour. Psychotropic medications used as “chemical restraints” are antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-epileptics and benzodiazepines (tranquilisers). Wyatt followed this … Continue reading Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

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Ethical Issues in Genome Editing

        Genetics and biotechnology have had and continue to impact our lives in a lot of ways. But just like any other technology, biotechnology raises also raises issues of ethics. Ethical issues that often impact social policy, environment and the law. In this essay, we will consider some ethical issues of biotechnology, from a historical perspective, we will also look at some of the issues … Continue reading Ethical Issues in Genome Editing

Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia

Nicole Lee, Curtin University To demonstrate the failure of the war on drugs, NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann came out this week about her own drug use: Since my 20s, I’ve occasionally taken MDMA [ecstasy] at dance parties and music festivals. I know journalists, tradies, lawyers, public servants, doctors, police and yes, politicians (most well into their forties), who have done the same. When asked … Continue reading Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia

Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it

Gina Masterton, Griffith University Fiona (not her real name) came to Australia from New Zealand as a 19-year-old backpacker. Here, she met a man, got married and had two boys. The domestic violence began after her first son’s birth, and Fiona endured it for several years. In 2017, when her children were eight and ten, Fiona summoned the strength to leave her husband. Not being … Continue reading Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it

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What Everyone Must Know About OBESITY

Obesity is a condition that is associated with excessive levels of body fat, obesity is considered a major health problem in Western Countries. Between 2014 and 2015 a staggering 63.4% of the population was overweight. This is an increase of 19% from 1995. In the same period, there was about 22,700 hospital separation involving one or more weight loss procedure, seven of eight of these … Continue reading What Everyone Must Know About OBESITY