The School of Health Sciences brings together Swinburne's renowned teaching and research capacity in the areas of biomedical science and statistics, nursing and allied health, psychology, nutrition, health promotion, public and environmental health, and exercise and sport science. Our teaching is underpinned by our internationally recognised research, giving our students access to the latest developments in their disciplines for an authentic learning experience. 

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    • Health

    Soy, oat, almond, rice, coconut, dairy: which ‘milk’ is best for our health?

    Lecturer in Dietetics, Leah Dowling, addresses the overwhelming number of milk choices, the domain of the modern plant-based milks and the importance of selecting an option that will serve the greatest nutritional value.

    Wednesday 30 September 2020
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    • Health

    New report reveals shocking state of prisoner health. Here’s what needs to be done

    A new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on the health of people in Australian prisons makes for sobering reading. It reveals that compared to the general population, people in prison have higher rates of mental health conditions, chronic disease, communicable disease, and acquired brain injury. This is despite the fact the prison population is relatively young.

    Wednesday 15 November 2023
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    • Health

    ‘We are worn out and no one cares’: why ambulance staff in UK and Australia are ready to quit the profession

    The COVID-19 pandemic may be over, but its scars remain for those on the frontline of the health sector – not least in the ambulance services. And our research conducted separately in the UK and Australia shows things are getting worse across the globe.

    Saturday 21 October 2023
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    • Science
    • Health

    What is ‘fried rice syndrome’? A microbiologist explains this type of food poisoning – and how to avoid it

    A condition dubbed “fried rice syndrome” has caused some panic online in recent days, after the case of a 20-year-old who died in 2008 was resurfaced on TikTok. “Fried rice syndrome” refers to food poisoning from a bacterium called Bacillus cereus, which becomes a risk when cooked food is left at room temperature for too long.

    Monday 30 October 2023
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    • Science
    • Health

    Insomnia and mental disorders are linked. But exactly how is still a mystery

    The 2004 movie The Machinist gives us a striking depiction, albeit a fictional one, of the psychological effects of chronic insomnia. When people don’t have enough sleep, their memory and concentration are impaired in the short term. They are also less able to regulate their emotions.

    Friday 20 October 2023
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    • University

    When you have a baby, can you stay friends with people who don’t have kids?

    If you have a baby, does this mean you can’t be friends anymore with your child-free friends? In a high-profile article for New Yorker magazine in September, journalist Allison Davis wrote about a “slow-rolling tectonic shift that neither side notices at first (especially the parents)”.

    Tuesday 10 October 2023

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