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Image: Former AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, presenting the scholarship to Darren Harnett at this year's AMA National Conference. Darren Hartnett is the recipient of the 2016 AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship. The third year medical student, from the University of Newcastle, spoke…

For some cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the thought of joining their loved ones for a meal can be, quite literally, sickening. Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy can cause devastating physical side effects and wreck a patient’s social and family life. Patients say they find it difficult…

Labiaplasty is the most common form of female genital cosmetic surgery and involves surgical reduction of the labia minora or the inner lips of the vulva. However we still don’t really know what impact the procedure has on the lives of women who choose to have it. This is not that surprising given…

Obesity is a major public health problem In Australia. More than one in four adults are now classified as obese, up from one in ten in the early 1980s. And about 7% of children are obese, up from less than 2% in the 1980s. Obesity not only affects an individual’s health and wellbeing, it imposes enormous…

A recent review of in-vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) clinics in Australia, conducted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), identified some misleading ways they present people’s chances of a having a baby on their websites. Clinics provide IVF success rates in often confusing…

Being diagnosed with HIV is a confronting experience. However the stigma associated with HIV infection – a hangover from its social and medical history – is responsible for an exaggerated perception of transmission risk through sex, and the harms of living with HIV infection. In our consensus statement…

Last week’s announcement of funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provoked mixed reactions. Australia’s leading biomedical research funding agency allocated A$190 million for a range of projects, including centres of excellence to find a solution to alcohol-related…

Around 1,000 teens and young Australian adults are diagnosed with cancer each year. It’s well known the disease has an immense physical and psychological impact on these young people. But the ongoing challenges of life after cancer treatment are less well recognised. While they vary depending on cancer…

The ability to precisely edit DNA via CRISPR technology has emerged as the one of the most powerful advances in biology. A new paper showing repair of a genetic mutation in human blood cells represents an important step towards treating the common, debilitating and expensive-to-treat blood disease known…

The gut microbiota is the community of bugs, including bacteria, that live in our intestine. It has been called the body’s “forgotten organ” because of the important role it plays beyond digestion and metabolism. You might have read about the importance of a healthy gut microbiota for a healthy…