The board of White Ribbon Australia informs the community and supporters that it has taken the very difficult decision to close its doors.

This decision became necessary following an analysis of the organisation’s future sustainability.

New road rules changes are coming for children cycling on the footpath. After extensive consultation with pedestrian and cycling organisations, councils and community members, the road rules supporting children cycling on footpaths have been amended.

Melbourne researchers have unearthed three risk factors found in both toddlers and children starting school that can predict who will be overweight — and whose weight problems will resolve — with startling accuracy.

On World Homelessness Day, Jan Berriman from YWCA Housing explains the reasons behind the rise in the number of homeless women and suggests some practical solutions.

Due to unconscious bias, many people with disability face barriers in the workplace. As a result, the unemployment rate for people with disability is twice that of the general population.

Eating an ice cream or buying a bag of lollies as a summer treat is now off the menu at one local pool, which has banned unhealthy items from its kiosk.

VAHI have released their inaugural report entitled Challenges to healthy eating - food insecurity in Victoria.  This is the first time that a comprehensive, population-representative investigation of food insecurity and its determinants has been conducted in Victoria. It is based on the findings of the Victorian Population Health Survey using seven measures of food insecurity.

An innovative mental health program piloted in Geelong has been granted an extension, with scope for a permanent rollout and expansion across the state.

Climate change is regarded by many as the gravest problem humankind has ever faced. Unless fossil fuels are replaced by renewable sources of energy in the next decade or so, future generations will face a ruinous post-industrial revolution rise in global temperature of 3 degree Celsius or something even higher. It's also an almost uniquely difficult problem.

CSIRO are looking for volunteers to do an online email study for 4 weeks looking at how health communication can improve nutrition. 
This study is about understanding how we can better motivate and support people to eat healthier.
Interested? Click on the link 

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) health of the nation report shows mental health problems have replaced physical conditions as the most common ailments doctors treat.

The latest two-yearly snapshot of national wellbeing uses high-quality data to show how Australians are faring in key areas, including housing, education and skills, employment, social support and justice and safety.

High rates of sleep problems are experienced by children with ADHD and ASD, and these sleep problems can have a negative impact on the child’s day-to-day functioning.  The Deakin Study Centre thought that parent wellbeing may also be negatively impacted by these sleep problems. 

It’s an invisible crime: one in five Australians are victims of sexual violence, yet 85 per cent of them never report to police. For those who do, the path to a day in court is strewn with insuperable obstacles.

Bourke Street will be smoke-free within a couple of weeks after a ban was passed at a City of Melbourne council meeting on Tuesday night. A report to the council showed overwhelming backing among shoppers and traders for a smoke-free zone.


This newly released report of findings provides an overview of data collected via the inaugural Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey.

Young people who have experienced family violence have a lot to tell us, says Dr Katie Lamb, but too often there’s nobody listening."When I spoke to young people whose fathers use violence, I found that they really appreciated the opportunity to have their voices heard. 

The Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 sets out an ambitious but practical agenda to achieve change and reduce domestic, family and sexual violence against women and their children across five priority areas

The OECD has released its 2019 Education at a Glance report, comparing the education systems of the OECD's 36 member countries, including Australia, as well as 10 other countries.

On the whole, the global snapshot revealed a positive report card for Australia’s schools.

The Australian Medical Authority has joined other health organisations around the world – including the American Medical Association, the British Medical Association, and Doctors for the Environment Australia – in recognising climate change as a health emergency.