Arthroplasty & infection: The bane of the orthopaedic surgeon

By Diane Quach, Mark Wilson | Volume 7, Issue 1 2016

The last 50 years have ushered in an era of rapid technological development in the domain of joint replacement surgery and subsequently improved the lives of millions, both in terms of alleviation of pain and functional restoration. In spite of this technical progress, periprosthetic joint infection remains a barrier in achieving entirely successful outcomes for […]  Read More →

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Failing the frail

By Dr Hannah Ireland | Volume 7, Issue 1 2016

What would society be, so that in his last years a man might still be a man? The answer is simple: he would always have to have been treated as a man. By the fate it allots to its members who can no longer work, society gives itself away. -Simone de Beauvoir, The Coming of […]  Read More →

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Primary prevention of dengue: A comparison between the problems and prospects of the most promising vector control and vaccination approaches.

By Aran Sandrasegaran | Volume 7, Issue 1 2016

Dengue fever has the highest and fastest-rising morbidity and mortality of any vector-borne viral disease. The growing global impact of dengue is a public health challenge with an economic burden that is currently unmet by licensed vaccines or vector control strategies. Therefore, effective, efficient, safe, and sustainable interventions are a public health priority. However, interventions […]  Read More →

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Inequality and mangoes in the Wild West: An elective perspective

By Anna Elliston | Volume 7, Issue 1 2016

Kununurra, at the top end of Western Australia, is a stark place. Red dust, mangoes, boab nuts, and the sibilance of deafening cicadas. Brilliant sunsets and fearsome lightning storms. Air so thick in the wet season it feels as though you could slice through it with the ragged, broken edge of a turfed XXXX beer […]  Read More →

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Smoke on the Water: A Student Based Guide to Electronic Cigarettes

By Damian J Ianno | Volume 7, Issue 1 2016

Diseases attributed to tobacco smoking are some of the most prevalent and preventable in the world. Therefore, smoking cessation programs and interventions are crucial components of population health strategies. Currently used interventions and medications have proved effective in aiding patient abstinence from tobacco, yet they are often met with low patient uptake, satisfaction, and compliance. […]  Read More →

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Cervical screening in Indigenous populations: Revisiting possibilities for selfcollection technique

By Diane Quach | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

Detection and triage of cervical cancer has undergone commendable advances since the introduction of the Papanicolaou (Pap) smear, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) detection, and recent implementation of the HPV vaccine. Many Australian females have benefited from these public health advances, however as with many other health trends in Australia, the Indigenous population appears to be […]  Read More →

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The magic number: The case for a 21-year-old minimum drinking age in Australia

By Martin Seneviratne | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

The United States is unique among Western countries in setting the minimum legal drinking age at 21 years. The choice of 21 was largely driven by a powerful road-safety lobby group in the 1980s; however a wealth of clinical and epidemiological evidence has subsequently emerged in its favour. A highly-publicised article in the Medical Journal […]  Read More →

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Clinical implications of the sex and gender differences associated with substance use disorders

By Arunima Jain | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

Substance use disorders are exceedingly complex management issues which result in significant medical and social consequences. Epidemiological studies in the United States and Australia show that more men than women are affected by substance use disorders. However, there is evidence to suggest that women have distinctly different and potentially more hazardous patterns of substance use. These include: a greater... 

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The gender imbalance in ADHD

By Mugdha Bokil | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

The gender imbalance in ADHD Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a highly prevalent neuropsychiatric condition placing a considerable burden of disease on our population. ADHD primarily manifests in childhood with symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity that affect normal function. [1] Though ADHD affects both children and adults, current literature has focused greatly on the disorder... 

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Vocal cord dysfunction: A co-existent or alternative diagnosis in refractory asthma?

By Dr. Glenn Yong | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

Asthma is a common condition. Numerous studies have consistently demonstrated that refractory asthma, while constituting under 10% of all asthma patients, consumes a disproportionate amount of healthcare costs. It is therefore imperative for clinicians to be aware of common mimics of asthma that can present with similar symptoms leading to inaccurate assessment of asthma. One […]  Read More →

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