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Underwater rivers

Scientists discover unusual underwater rivers along Australia's coastline

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered underwater rivers along most of Australia’s continental shelf that are unique and do not occur at this scale anywhere else in the world. The research has been published today in Nature Scientific Reports.

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Female engineers share industry experiences online

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

A panel of female industry leaders with some of the most diverse and creative engineering careers in Western Australia will share their experiences at an online event next Tuesday to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day.

Australian native rat

Mapping the genome could help in race to save native rat

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have unveiled a genetic analysis of an endangered native rodent, which could help researchers and conservation authorities better understand how to protect the Australian species. 

social media

How your behaviour on social media could be limiting the quality of your news feeds

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

An international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia has examined how people’s online behaviour and preferences on social media could be limiting the quality and balance of information they receive through their news feed.

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Risk of preterm births falls under new initiative

Thursday, 11 June 2020

The rate of potentially fatal preterm births in Western Australian hospitals can be safely reduced by up to 20 per cent when a coordinated series of interventions is applied to pregnant women, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Dr Brid Phillips

UWA Expert Series - Literature as a coping mechanism - waiting for the second wave

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

 UWA School of Allied Health lecturer and former emergency department nurse Dr Brid Phillips says it is important we find effective coping mechanisms to address stress and fear in WA’s frontline health workers who are still “holding their breath” and remain alert and ready in case there is a sudden surge of COVID-19 during the winter period.

Professor Jane den Hollander

UWA reaffirms commitment to international students from China

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

There has been discomforting commentary over the past few days related to international students from China. I reaffirm The University of Western Australia’s commitment to the deeply held values that underpin all we do. We uphold and celebrate diversity, fairness and inclusivity; and we stand resolute in our rejection of racial prejudice and intolerance in any form – always.

Wave Energy Research Centre buoys

UWA expertise to help shape future of Australian oceans

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Five ocean researchers from The University of Western Australia have been selected to join the newly established Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre, a Federal Government initiative which explores the sustainable use of ocean resources to drive economic growth. 

Roslyn

UWA Expert Series - Funding boost for COVID-19 research to support WA health

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Projects led by The University of Western Australia that are focused on developing a greater understanding of the health effects of COVID-19 have received a $1.1 million funding boost through The Department of Health and Western Australian Health Translation Network grants program.

Professor Bryant Stokes

Graduates and staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

One of The University of Western Australia’s first graduates in medicine who became one of the State’s top neurosurgeons and led improvements in Western Australian healthcare is among 13 alumni and staff members recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Aspire UWA

Mentor program to help Peel students learn about STEM careers

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

A new online mentoring pilot program launched by The University of Western Australia with support from the Alcoa Foundation will see students from years 9 to 11 in the Peel region learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career opportunities.

Professor Jon Watson

UWA Expert Series - Protest at a safe distance to avoid superspreaders

Monday, 8 June 2020

As life starts to return to normal but the threat of COVID-19 remains, Professor Jon Watson, Executive Dean of UWA's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, looks at how we balance what we want to do and what we think is important with the health risk to individuals and the State as a whole. His comments follow a spate of protests both locally and worldwide over inequality, human rights and democracy.

Australia survey map

UWA researchers ask where should future Australians live

Monday, 8 June 2020

Australia’s population is set to double over the next century, and researchers at The University of Western Australia have created an online survey that looks at how to distribute this projected growth across the country.

Doctor with laptop

UWA researchers to predict suicide risk with artificial intelligence

Monday, 8 June 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are developing a system using artificial intelligence that can predict the likelihood of suicide in individuals most at risk, and assist with clinical decision-making.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Black lives matter. Aboriginal lives matter. Black deaths in custody must stop

Friday, 5 June 2020

The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention at The University of Western Australia has today released a Statement on #BlackLivesMatter, and Black deaths in custody. An extract from the Statement is below.

Winthrop Hall

Clarifying statement of UWA's borrowings

Friday, 5 June 2020

A news article in today’s Australian, with secondary reporting in The West Australian, stated that UWA’s total debt stood at $134 million.

Professor Kevin Pfleger

Australian drug chosen for global trial to treat COVID-19

Thursday, 4 June 2020

A drug developed by The University of Western Australia’s spinout company Dimerix will be used in a global trial to treat patients who have Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) as a result of COVID-19.

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UWA launches online short courses to meet need for skills

Thursday, 4 June 2020

In response to the challenges many Australians may face finding work in the coming months, The University of Western Australia has launched new online short courses that offer practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.

Julie Lee

Why only half of Australians downloaded the COVIDSafe app

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Australians who have chosen not to download the COVIDSafe app are not as concerned about security and privacy – they just don’t think COVID-19 is severe enough to make them download the app, according to research by The University of Western Australia.

Perth Festival

2020 Impact Report confirms Perth Festival stimulates society on a grand scale

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Perth Festival is an annual boost to Western Australia’s social wellbeing, economy and hospitality industry, a new report reveals.