UWA News has moved to Impact

Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

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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.

Professor Barry Marshall

UWA Expert Series - Barry Marshall confident a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

There is hope future pandemics could be controlled in as little as a few short months if current research projects working on experimental custom-made vaccine technologies are eventually successful, according to The University of Western Australia’s Nobel Laureate and Clinical Professor Barry Marshall.

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Study confirms common antidepressant doesn't work as stroke treatment

Thursday, 14 May 2020

A large international trial has confirmed previous findings that a commonly used antidepressant is not effective in supporting the recovery of patients who have had a stroke.

Professor Jon Watson

UWA Expert Series - Curb frustration and stick to government advice to ease restrictions: UWA expert

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

If we give in to our frustrations and ease up too quickly on COVID-19 restrictions - beyond what the Government advises is acceptable - then the highly infectious virus could get out of hand very quickly, warns Professor Jon Watson, Executive Dean of The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

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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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.

Professor Toby Richards

UWA Expert Series - Researchers working together will provide best defence against COVID-19

Thursday, 16 April 2020

UWA’s Professor Toby Richards shares his insight on COVID-19 treatment, clinical trials and why buying time through isolation and ramping up collaboration is our best chance of defence.

Associate Professor Brendan Kennedy

UWA researchers create new way to detect breast cancer more accurately

Thursday, 16 April 2020

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has developed a new way to more accurately detect breast cancer in patients undergoing breast-conserving surgery.

Professor Jon Watson

UWA Expert Series - UWA expert warns being too confident too soon could be dangerous for WA

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

WA is risking COVID-19 disease flare-ups across the state if it becomes too confident too soon and responds to the recent “flattening of the curve” by easing up on strict social distancing restrictions, warns The University of Western Australia’s Professor Jon Watson, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Saba Saheli, Roger Cook and Tim Colmer

WA patients to benefit from medical research boost

Friday, 6 March 2020

Western Australia's medical innovation and research capabilities have received a substantial boost with $2.5 million from Lotterywest.

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Three female Indigenous students graduate in Doctor of Dental Medicine

Friday, 13 December 2019

Three Indigenous women were among 232 students to graduate at a ceremony held today in The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall.

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Study finds problems with gestational diabetes test in rural areas

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

A number of pregnant women in rural and remote areas may be missing out on being diagnosed with gestational diabetes due to problems with blood testing, according to new research by The University of Western Australia, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and member services.

Professor John Newnham

WA Australian of the Year Awards announced

Friday, 8 November 2019

Philanthropist and education advocate Dr Annie Fogarty AM and world-leading pre-term birth expert Professor John Newnham have been recognised in the 2020 WA Australian of the Year Awards, announced last night.

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Phone coaching prevents falls in older people

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

A new, phone-based falls prevention program called RESPOND has been shown to reduce falls in older people who are sent home from hospital emergency departments.

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Indian Ocean Rim at forefront of medical congress in Perth

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Cutting-edge leukaemia diagnostic test methods invented here in WA and a host of blood treatment and management issues and innovations are being discussed at an international conference hosted by The University of Western Australia this week.

Environment and population key to reducing child deaths in Africa

Monday, 7 October 2019

An international study led by The University of Western Australia and Flinders University has found children under the age of five in Africa are more likely to die than those in wealthy countries due to a degraded environment and increasing population density.

Graham Hillis

Funding boost for heart valve disease and breast cancer research

Friday, 4 October 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded more than $2.8 million in funding for two research projects that will investigate treatment of a common heart condition and whether breast cancer patients benefit from MRI.

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Researchers recognised in Young Tall Poppy Awards

Friday, 20 September 2019

Three researchers from The University of Western Australia and its affiliate Telethon Kids Institute have been recognised in this year’s WA Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

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.