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Largest book sale in the State supports children in need

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The University branch of Save the Children Australia will hold its annual book sale at The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall, below the UWA clock tower, from Friday 16 August to Wednesday 21 August.

Girls in Engineering

Girls in Engineering and eye research team among Eureka Prize finalists

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

An outreach program to encourage high school girls to study STEM subjects and the research team that developed a highly effective strategy to reduce the impact of a common eye infection are finalists in the 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Alice Hashiguchi

UWA pharmacy student wins national award

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

A pharmacy student at The University of Western Australia has been named Pharmacy Student of the Year at an awards ceremony in Sydney.

Two researchers collecting coral samples at the bottom of Ningaloo Reef

Research aims to preserve the future of Ningaloo Reef corals

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are a step closer to discovering more about the health of our oceans after analysing how coral in Ningaloo Reef formed.

Christobel Saunders

Improved physician communication for cancer patients

Friday, 26 July 2019

New research led by Monash University and involving The University of Western Australia, Melbourne University, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Flinders University, and Eastern Health has highlighted best practice for communication between physicians and cancer patients.

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Industrial fishing poses threat to sharks

Friday, 26 July 2019

An international team of more than 150 scientists from 26 countries including Dr Ana Sequeira from The University of Western Australia Oceans Institute have found even the most remote parts of the ocean offer sharks little protection from industrialised fishing fleets.

Rock Art agreement

New agreement to preserve, protect and study WA rock art

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A new era of Western Australian rock art research is about to begin with the signing of an agreement between Rio Tinto and The University of Western Australia for a five-year funding arrangement for rock art research.

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Early places offered to year 12 students

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

The University of Western Australia has launched an early offer program for students with an expected ATAR of 80 and above.

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Get a taste of university life at UWA Open Day

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Find out what’s on offer at the only WA university ranked in the world’s top 100 when The University of Western Australia holds its annual Open Day on Sunday 4 August between 9am and 3pm.

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Wool odour could be key to protecting sheep from flystrike

Monday, 22 July 2019

A global research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Western Australia has identified compounds in Merino sheep wool that are attractive to Australian blowflies.

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Exmouth gulf home to secret whale nursery

Friday, 19 July 2019

A study led by The University of Western Australia and Oceanwise Australia has revealed the remarkable biodiversity of the Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia’s remote North West, including a secret nursery where whales whisper to their calves.

Immunotherapy researchers

Researchers unlock clues to improving cancer treatment

Thursday, 18 July 2019

A research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with Telethon Kids Institute and 13 health research organisations has identified key differences between cancers that respond to immunotherapy and those that do not.

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Robotic fish helps protect native species from invasive pests

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have developed a robotic fish that behaves like a bodyguard for native species and safeguards them against the aggressive attitudes of invasive pests.

Elderly woman holding two bottles of medication

Older Australians taking multiple medicines may be putting their health at risk

Monday, 15 July 2019

The number of Australians over the age of 70 taking five medicines or more a day has risen to nearly one million people and is increasing, according to a new study led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with UNSW, Sydney.  The study has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

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New test could reduce premature births by up to 30 per cent

Friday, 12 July 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and King Edward Memorial Hospital have teamed up with Australian molecular diagnostics company SpeeDx to commercialise a new low-cost test to identify women at risk of premature birth. Based on research and results of clinical trials they predict the test could reduce premature birth by up to 30 per cent.

Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurray

New exhibition shines a light on Central Desert artists

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

A new exhibition at The University of Western Australia’s Berndt Museum of Anthropology will showcase a significant collection of paintings from the 1970s to 1980s by artists from the Central Desert region. 

Kevin Pfleger

State-first program to accelerate digital health in WA

Monday, 8 July 2019

A consortium of partners across the WA medical research sector including The University of Western Australia will develop and deliver the State’s first digital health-specific program designed to support education programs in digital health commercialisation.

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Holiday camp to inspire Indigenous high school students

Friday, 5 July 2019

More than 40 Year 10 and 11 Indigenous students from across the State will spend their school holidays at The University of Western Australia for the annual Indigenous Science, Engineering and Health Camp where they will learn about future career opportunities.

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Awards and achievements - June 2019

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Dr Katie Attwell

Study finds most Australians support mandatory vaccination

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

The Federal Government’s strict ‘No Jab, No Pay’ policy is well supported by the majority of Australians, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia and University of Sydney.