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New guidelines highlight importance of managing high blood pressure

Thursday, 7 May 2020

A new global set of guidelines released today (International Society of Hypertension 2020 Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines) will help countries across the world manage hypertension, which is particularly critical in the current COVID-19 environment.

Professor Colin MacLeod

UWA Expert Series - Changes to COVID restrictions likely to trigger more anxiety

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The winding back of a limited number of COVID restrictions is likely to trigger a new wave of anxiety among Western Australians and it’s crucial that support is tailored to suit everyone’s needs across the entire community, says Professor Colin MacLeod of The University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science.

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Awards and Achievements - April 2020

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

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

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UWA Expert Series - World leading marine scientists Zoom in to help Year 12 students

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Some of the world’s leading marine scientists will be Zooming in to high school classrooms this term to help Year 12 students achieve their best in their final year of study amid the COVID-19 confusion.

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Car driver and cyclist interactions under the microscope

Friday, 1 May 2020

Car drivers and cyclists often share the roads and their interaction can cause friction between the two parties.

Professor Jon Watson

UWA Expert Series - Medical schools ready to boost hospital capacity with new medical assistant roles

Friday, 1 May 2020

A new role which allows final year medical students to work inside hospitals has been designed to enable Australia’s healthcare capacity to be immediately increased if required in response to COVID-19.

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Mobile grand piano entertains local Perth aged-care residents

Friday, 1 May 2020

With many elderly and vulnerable Australians remaining inside their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak, a musician from The University of Western Australia has helped provide musical entertainment for the residents of a Perth aged-care facility. 

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Study finds decline in heart attack and stroke in Type 2 diabetics

Friday, 1 May 2020

A study by The University of Western Australian and Fremantle Hospital with support from the Raine Foundation and NHMRC has found the rate of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular complications has improved in people with diabetes over the past 20 years.

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UWA expert series - Boost in science literacy may have changed our heroes

Thursday, 30 April 2020

There are indications that the general public’s scientific literacy may have improved in recent months due to a strong desire to keep up with the latest on COVID-19 and this may be having an impact on both our heroes and the power of social media influencers, according to researcher from UWA.

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UWA Expert Series - DNA may hold the key to protecting populations from COVID-19

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Science are part of a global team that is developing a new DNA test for COVID-19, which can provide faster and more detailed results than other tests.

Dr Katie Attwell

UWA Expert Series - What it will take to get those who don't like vaccines to have a COVID-19 jab

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Experts from The University of WA are eager to start work on trying to determine how to ensure the WA public fully embraces any new COVID-19 vaccine that is discovered and that the uptake is high enough to protect the community.

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UWA farewells first female engineering graduate

Thursday, 30 April 2020

The University of Western Australia is saddened to note the passing of UWA’s first female engineering graduate Roslyn MacKinlay (nee’ Clarke).

Dr Darja Kragt

Researcher investigating leadership gains national attention

Thursday, 30 April 2020

A researcher from The University of Western Australia who is examining how a person’s self-identity influences the way they lead others has been selected to present her research at the 2020 FameLab national final.

Tim Colmer

UWA Expert Series - UWA joins expert taskforce to help government response to COVID-19

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

The University of Western Australia has contributed nine top researchers to a taskforce of more than 100 experts across the Group of Eight (Go8) Universities that has today released a Roadmap to Recovery report, designed to help the Federal Government plot the best path through COVID-19.

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UWA Expert Series - Study to look at how people adapt to social isolation during COVID-19

Friday, 24 April 2020

A team of scientists from The University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science has launched a study to understand the mental health effects of physical isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is a joint initiative between The University of Western Australia, the Forrest Research Foundation, and the Minderoo Foundation.

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UWA study reveals outer metropolitan cancer patients most out-of-pocket

Friday, 24 April 2020

Cancer patients living in outer metropolitan areas in Western Australia are more out-of-pocket than their rural counterparts according to a new study by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

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UWA Expert Series - Migrants teach us how to care across distances

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Social distancing is teaching communities to find new ways to stay socially connected, yet physically distant migrant families have long learnt how to stay close according to researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Michaela Lucas

UWA Expert Series - Local trials to test effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

University of Western Australia researchers are hopeful local trials of the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine will not only determine if it is an effective way to boost the immune systems of frontline health workers but show whether it can be used as a whole-population COVID-19 protection measure when Australia’s borders are eventually opened again.

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UWA Expert Series - UWA experts help tackle COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

The University of Western Australia has launched an expert series  showcasing the health and medical expertise of its clinicians, academics and researchers who are leading efforts to address the COVID-19 health crisis. The series is complemented by an experts guide for media seeking evidence-based input from UWA academics across a broad range of subject areas and specifically, COVID-19.

Dr Lawrence

UWA Expert Series - Mental resilience on the COVID-19 frontline

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Lessons about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Australia’s emergency workers and bushfire fighters indicate it is essential frontline healthcare workers, as much as possible, be given adequate time to process, rest and recover after each shift caring for COVID-19 patients, according to The University of Western Australia’s mental health researcher Associate Professor David Lawrence.