Measures to address cost of living concerns will be a key component of the upcoming federal budget, according to the prime minister. With less than a week until the 2022/23 budget is handed down, Scott Morrison said work was being finalised on ways to address the soaring cost of essentials such as petrol and groceries. […]
Georgie Moore (Australian Associated Press) The National Disability Insurance Scheme is estimated to leave the economy $52 billion better off, delivering $2.25 for every dollar spent. An analysis commissioned by National Disability Services lays out the costs of underfunding the scheme, showing about 10,200 jobs are lost for every $1 billion of underspending. Progressive […]
We will get out of this pandemic, says Maria Van Kerkhove, the COVID-19 Technical Lead of the World Health Organization (WHO). The question is how fast — and if we’ll take what we’ve learned from the past two years and apply it to the next emerging pathogen. In conversation with TED current affairs curator […]
Paul Osborne and Dominic Giannini (Australian Associated Press) The two biggest states have backed a federal push for schools to reopen in a coordinated way across the country. Queensland has moved to delay the start of the school term by a fortnight, after health advisers said it would give more time for people to […]
Your belly and your brain speak to each other, says obesity researcher Mads Tang-Christensen. Offering scientific proof that obesity is a disease influenced by genetics and the environment, he introduces a molecule discovered in both the brain and gut that helps control appetite — and which could be engineered to promote healthy weight loss […]
Dominic Giannini (Australian Associated Press) There are an estimated 1.7 million undiscovered viruses in mammals and birds, any one of which could become a new pandemic. To combat and manage emerging zoonotic diseases, the federal government will put an additional $8.4 million into Australia’s wildlife health and early detection research over the next four […]
Does not getting enough sleep lead to Alzheimer’s disease? Sleep scientist Matt Walker explains the relationship between the two — and how researchers are exploring how to use sleep to decrease our chances of developing this condition. Sleeping with Science, a TED series, uncovers the facts and secrets behind our nightly slumber.
Matt Coughlan (Australian Associated Press) Australia is on track to hit the crucial milestone of 80 per cent coronavirus vaccination coverage in mid-November and could reach 90 per cent just weeks after that. Vaccine rollout co-ordinator John Frewen revealed the latest government projections for people aged 16 and over at a Senate hearing on […]