Media Release from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)
Monday 3 April 2017
Media Contact: Rachel Murphy Senior Media Advisor, 03 9667 1319 /0435 761 732, email@example.com
Collaboration key to tackling public health issues
VicHealth’s Sustainable Development Goals Partnership grants aim to foster collaboration between Victorian and international partners to explore how social and environmental issues such as climate change, ageing populations and the exponential growth of technology will affect our health over the next two decades.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter announced the funding during the first plenary session of the 15th World Congress on Public Health 3–7 April. The Congress brings together leading international public health experts in Melbourne to share learnings from around the world.
Ms Rechter said VicHealth welcomed the opportunity to facilitate partnerships between leading global experts to tackle critical public health issues such as obesity, gender equality and mental wellbeing. [click to continue…]
Media release from the Tabbot Foundation
3 April 2017
Associate Professor Suzanne Belton says, ‘Telehealth abortions with tablets are a safe and effective way for Australian women to seek a termination of pregnancy.’
‘It is a low-risk procedure. Very few women needed extra support at a hospital for assistance with bleeding or additional pain relief.’
‘Women can use a telephone medical abortion service to speak with doctors and nurses to get information, tests and medications. So far more than 1000 women have used the service which is very affordable, since September 2015.’ [click to continue…]
CT scans have raised kids’ cancer risks
Sex after 65: sexual activity and physical tenderness are important to healthy ageing
Are celebrities bad for your health? Just 12 per cent of star endorsements are for healthy choices
Your phone could be telling you to eat more veggies
Public health – enemies of the people?
Stories from the 15th World Congress on Public Health
Monday 3 April 2017, Melbourne Convention Centre
More at www.wcph2017.com/media.php and @wcph2017 on Twitter.
Contact Niall on 0417-131-977, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tanya on 0404-083-863 for interviews [click to continue…]
We’re looking for an experienced science communicator to join our team at Science in Public, someone:
- who has developed and delivered communication strategies and understands what it takes to make science news
- who loves science and loves working with scientists to get their work into the public space
- who knows who’s who and can list at least ten national science agencies. The more knowledge you have of the science world in Australia the better
- who can hold their own in a discussion about Oxford commas and CMYK numbers.
You must be able to write fluently and accurately, manage a number of projects at once, and work to tight deadlines. A solid grounding in WordPress, Twitter and MailChimp would also be useful.
The position is full-time or near full-time. Pay will be negotiated based on experience and hours can be negotiated to be family-friendly.
If you are interested, please send me a short email summarising:
- your mix of skills (media, outreach, project management, writing etc.)
- your experience in science communication and /or media liaison
- what you want to get out of the role
- examples of your writing and/or media stories that you have been involved in clearly stating your contribution.
Science in Public is a specialist science communication business based in Spotswood, Melbourne. We have a core team of six plus associates around the country. We work with governments, universities, research institutes and individual scientists to help them present their work in public. You can read more about us and our work at www.scienceinpublic.com.au.
If you have any questions, you can give Sarah Brooker a call on 0413 332 489. Otherwise, email your one-pager addressing the above and a CV to email@example.com by lunchtime Friday 7 April.
Tuberculosis (TB) is treatable and preventable. So why does it still kill more than 4,000 people each day? And what do we need to do to end the epidemic by 2030? We need to talk about solutions on World TB Day, Friday 24 March 2017.
Tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in Australian 130 years ago. Rates have plummeted since then, from 1,200 per million to four per million for males and from 900 to two per million for females, thanks to better living conditions, antibiotics, TB sanatoriums, immunisation and better screening.
Globally, we’re gaining ground in the fight to end TB:
- Between 2000 and 2013, TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment programs saved an estimated 37 million lives.
- The TB mortality rate fell by 45 per cent and the prevalence rate by 41 per cent from 1990 to 2013.
TB can lie dormant and undetected for months. But a weakened immune system leads to infectious ‘active’ TB, with fever, coughing up blood, and weight loss, the last of which gave the condition its historical name, ‘the consumption’. It’s a far cry from the Hollywood or BBC versions of TB, such as Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! elegantly dying while singing ‘Come what may’. [click to continue…]
Nominate for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.
But we need your help to find the humble science heroes, promising early-career researchers, media-shy innovators, and modest teachers who deserve to have their work recognised on a national stage. [click to continue…]
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.
An Australian girl born today can expect to live to 84 years. She’s gained a decade since 1960. Life expectancy for our Nepalese sisters has doubled from 35 to 71 years.
Around the world there’s been a remarkable transformation in the human condition. It’s come from a host of public achievements, including the following:
- Improvements in living conditions in the early 20th century—better water supplies, sewerage systems, food quality and health education, have led to overall lower death rates and longer life expectancy at all ages.
- In Australia, childbirth is 10 times safer for babies, and in USA, childbirth is 100 times safer for the mums than it was 100 years ago.
- In Australia, we’ve seen a 95 per cent decrease in death rate for children aged zero to four years (including infants).
- We’ve seen an 80 per cent reduction in cervical and uterine cancer mortality.
- We have universal education for all children with no discrimination towards girls achieving their goals.
- The protection of human rights of women and girls are improving, though we have more to do.
- Women are less likely to die of breast cancer thanks to screening and improved treatments.
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The biggest powder bed 3D printed metal aerospace component is on display at the Melbourne International Airshow at Avalon.
- Press release below, and background information here.
- Photos and video here
Barrie Finnin, CEO of Amaero, with a hand on the 3D printed door hinge from a Chinese jet airliner
Monash University has commissioned the world’s largest metal printer, and has used it to print a large door hinge from a Chinese jet airliner. The aluminium hinge weighs 11 kg and is 40 by 80 by 39 cm in size. It is the largest powder bed 3D printed metal aerospace component printed to date.
The $3.5 million Xline 2000R printer acquired by Monash University is one of five made to date by German manufacturer Concept Laser. It’s the only one outside America and Europe, the only one based in a university and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere available for contract manufacturing.
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Media release from Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
9 FEBRUARY 2017
Pop-up science festivals, an astronomical observatory on wheels, and Future Earth innovations are among 39 projects sharing in $500,000 in National Science Week grants.
I want to congratulate the successful grant recipients for their efforts to inspire people about science, technology and innovation.
National Science Week gives people in metropolitan, regional and remote areas opportunities to meet scientists, discuss hot topics and celebrate the contribution of Australian science to society, culture and economy. [click to continue…]
The 15th World Congress on Public Health is coming to Melbourne in April 2017.
Stay tuned to hear about the exciting stories coming out of the Congress.
For more information on the Congress, visit the website: www.wcph2017.com/index.php.
We’ll be tweeting from the official account @wcph2017.
© Lesley Martin 2016
Half of Australia’s science university students are women. Why are only 21 per cent of the professors teaching them women?
40 Australian universities and other research organisations are signed up and working towards a bronze award level of recognition for supporting women in science. What can they learn from the UK’s ten-year experience?
UK chemist Professor Tom Welton is in Australia to share how his team at the Imperial College London Chemistry Department achieved a gold Athena Swan Award for promoting gender equality.
“Australia and the UK both suffer from a ‘leaky pipeline’, with a disproportionate number of women leaving academia at all career stages. This loss of female talent is a loss for science and broader society,” says Professor Welton. [click to continue…]
Three Victorian high-school students will visit Google, NASA, and Stanford University on an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley on the 19 January.
They’ll also get to network with other young entrepreneurs from around the world and practice their pitching skills, presenting their business idea to local industry leaders.
The students, aged 14, 16 and 17 from Bendigo, Box Hill, and Mount Waverly, won the trip with their idea for a DIY box-set to teach electronics and programming skills. It was presented at the TiE Young Entrepreneurs competition in Melbourne in late 2016. [click to continue…]
Thursday 8 December 2016
Professor Alain Aspect firmly believes we’ve entered the second quantum revolution—an age which will see radical technological developments across industries, from manufacturing and measurement, to energy generation and computing.
During the first quantum revolution, we discovered the rules that govern the quantum realm, and how they differ from classical physics. Those discoveries, from 1950 onward, led to the invention of lasers, transistors and optical fibres.
Now in the second revolution we’re taking these rules and using them to develop new technologies in communications, measurement, and computing. Today at the Physics Congress, Alain Aspect from Institut d’Optique Graduate School will review how we got to where we are today, and share his hopes for what’s next. [click to continue…]
Thursday 8 December 2016
On the final day of the Physics Congress in Brisbane we’re hearing about inventions that could change the way we generate and store power.
Researchers available for interview, contact Toni Stevens on 0401 763 130 or firstname.lastname@example.org
QUT researchers spot solar revolution in fly eyes
The compound eyes of flies have inspired QUT researchers hunting for the perfect solar cell.
Fly eyes have evolved over millions of years to make the most of the tiny amount of visible light that hits them in a brilliant example of natural nanotechnology. The team’s zinc-oxide replicas pull off the same tricks, using a three-zone structure copied straight from a real-life fly. The bio-inspired nanomaterial captures energy across a wide solar spectrum using only one material, something that conventional solar panels struggle to achieve with a plethora of metals. The fly-eye solution comes “very close to perfection,” says Dr Ziqi Sun, and could readily be incorporated into modern solar cells for an impressive boost in energy harvesting.
At the conference Ziqi will talk about the underlying technology that he and his colleagues have developed to make nano-structures using sheets of metal oxides. The new solar cell design will be published in Materials Today Chemistry. [click to continue…]
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Have more been found, what is Australia’s role, and why should we care?
Back in February 2016 it was Professor David Reitze who announced to the world that gravitational waves had been discovered at LIGO, 100 years after Einstein predicted them.
Credit: Matt Heintze/Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab
And now they want to find more. Last Thursday LIGO resumed the search for gravitational waves and the world is eagerly awaiting the results.
Today in Brisbane David Reitze will give a first-hand account of what it is like to make a potentially Nobel-prize winning discovery, which is being hailed as the beginning of a new era in astronomy.
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Wednesday 7 December 2016
Nanorubies and diamonds make your cancer cells stand out in a crowd (Melbourne)
Near-infrared fluorescent nanomaterials could help surgeons better identify tumour tissue to remove, and healthy tissue to leave, according to researchers at RMIT. Dr Philipp Reineck and his team tested seven classes of red and near-infrared fluorescent materials in spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy experiments for the first time. They found that nanomaterials such as nanodiamonds and nanorubies are vastly more stable than the organic dyes currently in use—glowing brighter for longer. [click to continue…]
Tuesday 6 December 2016
Scientists available for interview from the Physics Congress in Brisbane
We have the technology! The first simple quantum computers are being built all over the world as decades of research and development culminate in technology that accurately builds structures atom by atom.
Researchers already have practical plans for building usable quantum computers based on silicon, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology Professor Michelle Simmons, at the University of New South Wales, will tell the Australian Physics Congress in Brisbane on Wednesday. [click to continue…]
Tuesday 6 December 2016
It’s the world’s biggest experiment—a multi-billion machine, with first results in 2025.
Speakers from around the world, including senior advisor to the ITER project Professor Jean Jacquinot, will speak at the Physics Congress in Brisbane about the global race to master the process that powers our sun. Researchers from ANU will speak about Australia’s involvement. [click to continue…]