ABC News Edith Bevin 12 July 2015
Doctors and nurses who routinely share mobile phones in hospital wards to get laboratory results and coordinate care could be putting the health of patients at risk by spreading disease and infections, a Tasmanian study has concluded.
BBC News 8 July 2015
The Ebola crisis proves the World Health Organization (WHO) lacks the “capacity and culture” to deal with global health emergencies, says a damning independent report, commissioned by the WHO itself.
The review panel says WHO was too slow to act to get on top of the deadly virus which has now killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.
And it calls for an urgent overhaul of the organisation.
WHO says it has plans for reform.
(BioMed Central 3 July 2015) A total of 175 journals in BioMed Central’s publishing portfolio now have impact iactors in the recently published Journal Citation Report 2015, of which 104 journals rank in the top half of their categories.
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The Conversation Ian Chubb 6 July 2015
Starting in late 2014, I convened a series of roundtables with representatives across the disciplines, with a view to learning from success. The Prime Minister announced the outcomes of that process in May: nine science and research priorities, each with three to four corresponding practical research challenges. It is a significant step forward, and it is important that the implications are properly understood.
This is the first in our series on the Science and Research Priorities recently announced by the Federal Government. Stay tuned for expert roundups on each of the nine priorities in coming days.
ABC News Stephanie Anderson 3 July 2015
Year 12 participation rates in science subjects as well as top level mathematics are at a 20-year low, according to Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb. Professor Chubb said Australia’s future would rely heavily on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and teachers need more support to encourage students to get involved.
ABC News 30 June 2015
Current and former Defence Force personnel are calling for a wide-ranging inquiry into whether thousands of servicemen and women have suffered serious illnesses due to exposure to toxic jet fuel.