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Dragonfly by Leanne Tobin
Aboriginal health
The federal government has announced funding for a new 10-year Indigenous Health Research program to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In working to Close the Gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, three major priorities have been set by the program, which address the biggest preventable health challenges faced by Aboriginal...
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Virtual reality goggles
Virtual reality
Associate Professor Dan Catchpoole, Head of the Tumour Bank at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, has been awarded $260,000 to use Virtual Reality (VR) visualization to allow childhood cancer specialists to make more informed treatment decisions for their patients, thanks to an innovative grant program by the Sony Foundation and cancer charity Tour de Cure. The program aims to bring medical...
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Patient navigators
A clinical trial for children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) will help address health inequities experienced by children with CKD from low socioeconomic backgrounds. The trial received funding under a national program of the Medical Research Futures Fund to boost clinical trial activities into rare cancers, rare diseases and unmet needs. Subject to receiving all ethics and regulatory a...
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Research integrity
Professor Jennifer Byrne, head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit and professor of molecular oncology at the University of Sydney, has been digging deeper into scientific fraud since she made an alarming discovery one night in 2015 as she was browsing through research papers on PubMed.  She noticed striking similarities between several papers published by differe...
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Genetic counselling
The Australian Genomics Acute Care study provides the families of critically unwell babies access to rapid genomic testing, in the case that a rare, genetic condition is suspected. The national program, which is also being piloted in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, aims to provide genetic testing for up to 250 babies in neonatal paediatric intensive care units within a ma...
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