Violence against women in rural and regional Australia

Read my latest In Brief article for Western Alliance.

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Injury related morbidity and mortality in rural areas

Read my latest In Brief article for Western Alliance.

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How does engagement in research benefit health services?

Read my latest In Brief article for Western Alliance.

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Something about me …

I was asked to write something about myself for Western Alliance’s website. Read it here.

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Why rural Australians have poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts

See my article at http://www.westernalliance.org.au/in-brief-3/

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mHealth – Using mobile technologies to improve access and efficiency in health care delivery

See my article at http://www.westernalliance.org.au/in-brief-3/mhealth-using-mobile-technologies-to-improve-access-and-efficiency-in-health-care-delivery/

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Sugary drinks and public health: The bittersweet solution of a sugar tax

See my article at http://www.westernalliance.org.au/in-brief-3/sugary-drinks-and-public-health-the-bittersweet-solution-of-a-sugar-tax/

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Eradicating infectious diseases – could hepatitis C be next?

See my article at http://www.westernalliance.org.au/in-brief-3/eradicating-infectious-diseases-could-hepatitis-c-be-next/

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What makes a successful grant application?

Lots of things of course, starting with an excellent idea. However, are particular words important? In his article for The Conversation (27 February 2015), Owen Churches (Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at Flinders University) counts and charts the occurrences of words in the summaries of successful Australian Research Council Discovery Project applications. ‘New’ and ‘novel’ are very frequent (but oddly, not ‘innovative’), as are ‘understanding’, ‘Australia’ and ‘develop’. He also describes changes in word use over time. Well worth a look.

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New words

All languages evolve – if they don’t, they’re dead (Latin anyone?) New words arise from many sources. ‘Twerking’ was coined in the New Orleans bounce scene in the 1990s, and Miley Cyrus did the rest. Shakespeare alone added 1700+ words to English, including ‘amazement’, ‘bandit’, ‘dawn’, ‘hint’ and ‘secure’. Invaders, neighbours and trading partners have been hugely important. The number of words the Vikings added to the language is astonishing: ‘anger’, ‘call’, ‘give’, ‘knife’, ‘take’, ‘score’ – imagine modern English without those? In contrast, I doubt we’ll be using ‘twerking’ and ‘bezzy’ long.

Twerking and bezzy were just added to Collins Official Scrabble Words. Read Jennifer Down’s column in Overland here.

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