The Conversation Maggie Hardy 24 April 2015
An old academic joke you start to hear around federal budget time goes something like this: “Researchers could strike but no one would care, because no one would know we’ve gone until 10 or 15 years later.”
Most of us working on the coal face of science probably won’t see any outcomes in our lifetime – although with the rapid developments in technology that may be changing.
It takes a large degree of foresight to continue funding research when we know the result is decades away, and it says a lot for Australians that we’ve been so successful on a global stage.
But already this year researchers have battled with threats of funding cuts for critical infrastructure, through a scheme called NCRIS. With an outpouring of public support, from researchers and our supporters, the decision was reversed and 1,700 jobs in Australia were saved, but only for another year.
ABC News | April 22, 2015 | Andrew O’Connor
A focused effort on promoting scientific research in Western Australia is expected to build on the state’s strengths in mining and energy and help broaden the economy in the longer term.
Premier Colin Barnett unveiled the state’s first science statement at a conference today, mapping out the five key priority areas for scientific research. Continue reading…
ABC News [Radio National] 20 April 2015
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have released a ‘Vision for a Sustainable Health System’, which proposes a major overhaul of the current funding system for general practice, so that patients can be better supported in the community through local providers, reducing the need for expensive hospital treatment.
Brisbane Times 21 April 2015
Scientists have made an important discovery in the fight to eradicate a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year.
The most effective method for detecting malaria, using powerful microscopes to examine blood, has remained virtually unchanged since 1880.
But researchers at Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the Australian National University and the CSIRO have made a discovery that could revolutionise the way people are tested for the deadly disease.
View the source article: http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/03/25/infdis.jiv176.abstract
ABC News 17 April 2015
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland says a new health research precinct will be one of the greatest lasting legacies to come from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Games village at Southport will be turned into a ‘Health and Knowledge Precinct’ after the competition.
Policy chairman Martin Brady said it would create thousands of jobs in important industries.
“It’s going to be based on a lot of IT and medical and really that’s one thing that’s lacking on the Gold Coast,” he said.
ABC News 18 April 2015
A remote tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon appears to be resistant to modern antibiotics even though its members have had barely any contact with the outside world, researchers say.
The human body is brimming with bacteria that perform important functions including building the immune system and helping digestion.
But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.
A study published in the journal Science Advances looking at the gut, mouth and skin microbes in people from a small, isolated tribe in southern Venezuela’s Amazonian jungles shows just how much modern life may be altering humankind’s bodily bacteria.
View full text http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/3/e1500183.full-text.pdf+html
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