In Australia, many victims of spinal cord injury are young men whose lives are changed in an instant, and Western Australia - with its love of cars, sport and the great outdoors - has twice as many cases as other Australian states.
A report on Aboriginal heart health released this week is the most comprehensive ever published in Western Australia about the single biggest killer of Aboriginal people. The report highlights the need for all sectors of government, health service providers, business and the community to work together to further narrow the gap between rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heart disease deaths.
A specialist from The University of Western Australia who is at the forefront of research into high blood pressure (hypertension) will spearhead efforts to develop preventive strategies to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease.
New Zealand has the highest rates of adult and child obesity in the region and Australians too are becoming obese at an alarming rate with seven in 10 men overweight or obese according to the most comprehensive global obesity study to date.
Flavonoid-rich apples such as Western Australia's Pink Lady can provide greater health benefits than other varieties, according to joint research by The University of Western Australia and Department of Agriculture and Food.
In light of previous research which found that medical students valued compassion, patient-centred care and communication skills over clinical competence and knowledge, new research has sought to further explore medical students' views on professionalism.
Projects ranging from a world-first trial to test radiotherapy for mesothelioma patients to targeted therapies to treat those with advanced breast cancer are among those to be awarded research funding by Cancer Council WA.
The Lung Institute of WA's Annual General Meeting had historic significance with guest speaker Winthrop Professor Geoff Laurent of The University of Western Australia meeting members for the first time in his capacity as director.