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Image - Which mask works best? We filmed people coughing and sneezing to find out
If you’re not sure whether wearing a face mask is worth it, or you need to wear a mask but are unsure which type, our new research should help you decide. We took videos of what happens when you talk...
Published: 24 July 2020
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Shown in a new study published in scientific journal PLOS ONE and contributed to by Rubana Islam doctoral student at the SPHCM with a focus on non-communicable diseases, urban slum-dwellers in low...
Published: 16 July 2020
Image - Which face mask should I wear?
Australia’s chief medical officer Paul Kelly today recommended people in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire wear masks when leaving the house: […] If people have symptoms and they need to go for a test...
Published: 13 July 2020
Image - Victorians, and anyone else at risk, should now be wearing face masks. Here's how to make one
After early success in suppressing COVID-19, we are facing a resurgence in Victoria, which is threatening disease control for the whole country. Outbreaks in northwestern Melbourne, including in...
Published: 8 July 2020
Image - Melbourne's lockdown came too late. It's time to consider moving infected people outside the home
From midnight Wednesday, all of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 lockdown for six weeks. There are only four reasons for residents to leave their homes: shopping for...
Published: 8 July 2020
In a SAM Conversation with experts from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney, one of the world's leading academic and research institutions, Dr Anurag Sharma, Co-Director...
Published: 29 June 2020
Image - Misconceptions, lack of targeted communication key reasons for low flu vaccine uptake in Aboriginal adults
Widespread misconceptions seem to be a barrier to Aboriginal people accessing the flu vaccine, according to a new study by UNSW public health researchers published this week in the Australian and New...
Published: 26 June 2020
Dr Blessing Akombi
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a cultural practice that is associated with poor health outcomes and violates human rights. More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut.   A new...
Published: 25 June 2020
Image - Australians ‘do the right thing’ when following COVID-19 advice: survey
Australians showed a high level of compliance during the peak of the COVID-19 emergency despite only one in five perceiving a high risk to their health, a survey led by UNSW Sydney experts has found...
Published: 24 June 2020
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Men aged 50-plus are putting their quality of life on the line by not assessing the risks before doing home improvement projects, according to the new research led by Katherine Schaffarczyk, a Master...
Published: 19 June 2020
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A new Rapid Urbanisation and Population Health (RUPH) Research Network has been established by UNSW’s Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation and will be led by Associate Professor Xiaoqi Feng from the...
Published: 19 June 2020
Dr Kerry Chant
Congratulations to SPHCM alumna, Dr Kerry Chant PSM (MB BS ’87, MHA ’91, MPH ’95), on receiving the UNSW's Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Alumni Achievement. Kerry is the Chief health Officer for...
Published: 16 June 2020
Image - Updated WHO advice tells health authorities to consider mask recommendations for the community
The World Health Organization (WHO) has today released new advice on the use of face masks in the context of COVID-19, laying down revised guidelines for health authorities that are deciding on their...
Published: 6 June 2020
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Dr David Muscatello, a senior lecturer in infectious diseases at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, has been awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)...
Published: 28 May 2020
Image - Research into health benefits of green space receives funding
A research project investigating how green spaces can reduce inequalities in mental health and cardiometabolic disease prevention has received $1.45 million in funding from the United Kingdom...
Published: 26 May 2020
Image Isireli Rabukawaq Fiji Training Centre Covid-19
Masters of Infectious Diseases Intelligence student, Isireli Rabukawaq is applying his epidemiological and infectious disease expertise in Fiji. The COVID-19 pandemic has become his top priority in...
Published: 24 May 2020
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Dr Christine Linhart, researcher, teacher, and Masters course convener from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, is working with local collaborators to strengthen the civil...
Published: 9 May 2020
Women's health and well-being
The UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) is contributing to the response to COVID-19 with new research supported by UNSW's recently established Rapid Response Research Fund for...
Published: 9 May 2020
Image - We should aim for zero cases before lifting restrictions, a top epidemiologist says
As states slowly start to lift some restrictions on social distancing, Professor Mary–Louise McLaws from UNSW Medicine says that we should not become complacent, recommending a staggered approach to...
Published: 8 May 2020
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Graduate of our Master of Public Health and Master of Health Management programs, Dr Mohit Tolani, is a dentist in Dapto in New South Wales, Australia, where he is also busy running a charitable,...
Published: 8 May 2020

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