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New research into the impact of injuries in Vietnam has revealed the catastrophic costs of recovering from an injury.

The Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) has announced major funding towards improving heart disease in the Pacific Islands. Over AU$1million dollars will be dedicated towards comprehensive salt reduction programmes in Fiji and Samoa, based on the success of the George Institute’s salt reduction workin Australia and internationally.

Much is made in the Western media of the growing global political and economic importance of China and India.  There is also much commentary about personal rights, financial inequalities and social dissidence.

Last year SMS traffic globally was expected to break eight trillion. It is a highly accessible communications channel and one that the George Institute for Global Health has harnessed to test whether simple reminders sent via mobile phone text message can reduce cardiovascular risk.

A sore back doesn’t only impact work and play, but it can also have a considerable impact on the hip pocket.

Vlado Perkovic asks: is appropriate for us to spend several hundred million dollars discovering new treatments, but then only invest a few million on testing whether these treatments work at all or are better than other alternatives?

For people receiving health care for acute and persistent low-back pain, symptoms will improve significantly in the first six weeks, but pain and disability may linger even after one year, states a large study by The George Institute for Global Health, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

When Anushka accepted the position of Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute in 2001, she would have been completely unaware of the impact she was set to have at her new workplace. She commenced work on her PhD in the Institute’s cardiovascular division, focused on identifying the major cardiovascular risk factors in the Asia Pacific Region, work for which she received the University of Sydney’s Peter Bancroft Prize.

When Anushka accepted the position of Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute in 2001, she would have been completely unaware of the impact she was set to have at her new workplace. She commenced work on her PhD in the Institute’s cardiovascular division, focused on identifying the major cardiovascular risk factors in the Asia Pacific Region, work for which she received the University of Sydney’s Peter Bancroft Prize.

“I first came to Australia in December 2009 to commence my studies and work at The George Institute. I returned to Brazil in July 2010 to marry my lovely wife Marcia, who is also a researcher, and came back to Australia with me to also work at The George. Living in different countries for almost seven months made me realize that life is meaningless when you live far away from those that you love the most”. 

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