My five year old grandson started school last Monday with all the other new kids from all backgrounds in this great country we call Australia. He was a few months old on the day Kevin Rudd, as Prime Minister, delivered his speech to parliament on 13 February 2008 and gave the long-awaited national apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The salt content of ready-to-eat meals has not changed in the past four years despite global voluntary targets to reduce salt content in food and the surge in the number of such products on supermarket shelves, a new study by The George Institute for Global Health has found.
Health care system is "failing" heart attack survivors – half of all heart attacks are "not the first"1 and thousands die from repeat events every year1. The cost of repeat heart attacks exceeds $8.4 billion annually, over half the total acute coronary disease cost burden1 Key heart health groups outline a five point plan for reform to reduce repeat events and reduce overall burden of heart disease2.
Already juggling three jobs and being a father of four, it is a surprise that Associate Professor Martin Gallagher also has the time to head up The George Institute's Renal and Metabolic Research division. Being inspired everyday to help patients is what drives his commitment.
Today Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has announced National Health Medical Research Council funding for ground-breaking health and medical research across Australia, of which the George Institute received over $18 million.
SaltSwitch, a new feature of the popular healthy shopping app, FoodSwitch, launches today to empower Aussie shoppers to select the lowest salt options and improve their chances of living a longer life.
A toddler fighting to get out of their car seat while their parent is rushing to get to work or the shops is a familiar scene to most parents. A few safety checks when buckling up can easily be missed. A simple community-based education program can turn buckling up into something kids want to do.
Dr Julie Redfern of The George Institute for Global Health has been awarded a 2012 Research Development Project grant by the Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN) for her research around people who have survived a heart attack and other serious acute coronary syndrome events.
Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of men and women in Australia, claiming the life of one Australian every 11 minutes and costing the health system $12 billion annually.
Researchers from The George Institute, the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales are a step closer to answering this important question after finishing recruitment for the Paracetamol for Acute Low Back Pain (PACE) study.