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Professor Chris Maher, Director of the Musculoskeletal Division at The George Institute for Global Health, said that the new back pain tool — Back Pain Choices — synthesises recommendations from evidence-based practice guidelines in Australia, the UK and USA into a unified set of recommendations.

The ADVANCE study assessed over 10,000 people living with type 2 diabetes across 20 countries. The study has identified the benefits of tight blood pressure and blood glucose control for people with diabetes, and has influenced guidelines for diabetes care globally.

Motivated by the chance to deliver better health outcomes for Indigenous populations, Sharon Ponniah joined The George Institute in 2012 as Program Manager for the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration.

Mary Anne Land joined The George Institute for Global Health in 2010. Not even 12 months after completing her Masters in Public Health in her hometown of Wollongong NSW, she now finds herself completing an internship at The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

As I move towards 50, I think more about my age than I used to. And it’s not entirely encouraging.I hurtle around the sun, clock up the years and head unswervingly towards the inevitable. Or do I?

Kidney failure shortens the life of affected people, reduces quality of life and is expensive to treat. Prevention is key, as relatively few treatments have been shown to be effective.

For some time, medical experts have relied on a commonly used marker to treat a patient’s risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke. New research recently published in the British Medical Journal by The George Institute for Global Health has clearly shown that this widely used treatment in people with kidney disease is not effective.

Older people comprise a large sector of the driving population and increase by 25% each decade. By 2030, there will be more than half a million drivers, aged 65 years and older, on New South Wales roads. For many older members of the community, driving a car means independence and freedom, particularly in areas that are under-resourced by public transport.

From July this year all Australians will be able to register to have their personal health records made accessible online to the health care professionals they authorise. The promise is that for the first time, Australians will have easy access to information about their medical history, including medications, test results and allergies, and so will their health care providers.

Even patients who undergo non-cardiac surgery are at risk of cardiovascular complications including death. Simply the stress, inflammation and clotting from any number of surgeries could predispose the heart to injury. Across the world, more than one million adults die within months of non-cardiac surgery each year.

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