Stellar graduates join Young Lives Matter Board

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Australia’s first Indigenous doctor Helen Milroy and Western Australia’s former chief justice Wayne Martin have joined the board of The University of Western Australia’s suicide research initiative Young Lives Matter Foundation.

Agatha and Alex Cohen

Vale Alex Cohen

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The University of Western Australia is saddened by the recent death of former Chancellor and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Alexander Cohen.

Raine Study

Origins of adult obesity found in early childhood

Friday, 6 September 2019

Western Australia’s Raine Study provided important data for a major international study that has found body mass index (BMI) in babies, children and adults is influenced by different genetic factors that change as we age.

Eureka Prize winning team

Leading eye research team wins Eureka Prize

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute have won a prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for developing a highly effective strategy to improve the management of one of the most common viral infections caused by cytomegalovirus, following transplantation.

Funding boost for mental health support in schools

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded more than $17 million in federal funding for 11 research projects, including $236,437 to design a suite of tools, resources and guidelines to support principals, school counsellors and teachers respond to students’ social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs.

Professor Christobel Saunders

Patient survey reveals flaws in cancer treatment

Friday, 9 August 2019

An international survey of more than 4000 cancer patients and carers, including 850 Australians, has highlighted the need to tackle shortcomings in diagnosis, treatment and psychological support as well as high medical costs.

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.

View of Winthrop Hall

UWA in top 10 subject rankings

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has placed The University of Western Australia in the world’s top 10 in Mining and Mineral Engineering (5th) and Marine/Ocean Engineering (7th).

Professor Wendy Erber

Top Indigenous STEM students make finals of Premier's Science Awards

Friday, 21 June 2019

Students at The University of Western Australia have taken out all four finalist places in a new Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year category in this year’s Premier’s Science Awards, announced by WA Premier Mark McGowan.

Dr Gail Alvares

Researchers call for the term 'high functioning autism' to be consigned to history

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Autism researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute have called for the term ‘high functioning autism’ to be abandoned because of the misleading and potentially harmful expectations it creates around the abilities of children on the autism spectrum.

Professor Graeme Hankey

Study urges GPs to be on alert for deep vein thrombosis

Monday, 17 June 2019

General practitioners and physicians are being urged to keep a careful eye on the potentially deadly condition of deep vein thrombosis because the signs and symptoms of DVT are non-specific and often difficult to diagnose, according to a review published today in The Medical Journal of Australia.

Professor Gary Lee

Pleural medicine leader named WA Cancer Researcher of the Year

Friday, 14 June 2019

A medical researcher from The University of Western Australia has today been named Cancer Council Western Australia 2019 Cancer Researcher of the Year.

Newborn baby

Babies make room in the womb for bacteria

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Our exposure to bacteria begins before we’re born according to new research led by The University of Western Australia. The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, used rigorous contamination controls to confirm that exposure to bacteria begins in the womb.

Raine Study participant

Pregnancy stress linked to lower sperm count in male offspring

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Men whose mothers were exposed to stressful life events during the first 18 weeks of pregnancy may have reduced sperm counts when they become adults, according to a new study led by The University of Western Australia.

Pregnant woman

Mentally ill at risk of dangerous pregnancy complication

Thursday, 30 May 2019

New research by Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia has revealed that women with severe mental illness have a greater chance of developing a serious medical complication during pregnancy.

Melinda Boss with her award

Awards and Achievements - March 2019

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, an article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month. If you know of great awards or achievements across the University please email uwamedia@uwa.edu.au

ED doctor examining patient

Up to 400,000 WA patients could be seen by GPs instead of hospitals

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

A study investigating hospital emergency department presentations in Western Australia has found that between 20 and 40 per cent of all patients could have been managed instead by general practitioners.

Brain

Can being born blind protect people from schizophrenia?

Friday, 15 February 2019

A study carried out by The University of Western Australia has provided compelling evidence that congenital/early cortical blindness – that is when people are blind from birth or shortly after - is protective against schizophrenia.

Teenage girl

Women who start periods early are at greater risk of cardiovascular problems

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study that has found young women who start having periods early and often have a high body mass index are more prone to cardiovascular problems later in life such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Preterm baby

Old drug could have new use helping sick premature babies

Monday, 8 October 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Curtin University are investigating whether an old drug could be used to help very sick premature babies.