Do you know about AFE?

Sarah had an Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) while in labour.

Holly Edwards-Smith, Reporter

April 8, 2019

Amniotic Fluid Embolism’s (AFE) are a rare and life-threatening condition predominantly affecting woman in labour and during birth. It occurs when fluid from the amniotic sac (the fluid surrounding the baby) enters the mother's blood stream. The condition is unpreventable and often unpredictable,...

GOFUNDME brain surgery for Ella

5 year old Ella Ford

Malcolm Coleman, Reporter

April 8, 2019

Bubbly, bright and energetic is how those who know 5-year-old Ella Ford have described her, according to Ella’s Mother, Sarah Colegate. However, Ella’s health has rapidly declined over the past six months. She now has daily symptoms of nausea and headaches, alongside dizziness, sleep troubles, issues...

Are you reading your food right?

Different food labels and the information presented

Brooke Couper, Writer

April 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered what all the information on the back of packets or side of cans means? Have you read through it and thought you have no idea what is being stated? There's a reason for it being there. Almost two out of three Australian adults were overweight or obese in 2014-15. Obesity and...

20talk: Mental health support disguised as a pint with friends.

The 20talk mentoring program guide.

Joshua Smith, Reporter

April 1, 2019

After losing a close friend to suicide, Leighton Bradfield felt that there needed to be more support for young people struggling mentally and emotionally. So, he did something about it, and in June 2018 the first meeting of 20talk took place in his own home. 20talk is a male-focused mental health...

Hip health awareness

Sienna in her Pavlik harness

Sharni Hamann, Reporter

April 1, 2019

Eight infants are diagnosed with hip dysplasia every day, yet this common condition has a history of going undetected. Hip dysplasia, sometimes called developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), is a non-life-threatening condition causing instability in the hip joint. The hip joint is a ball and socket...

Smoking ban for Cottesloe coastline

Cottesloe Beach 
Photo by Razia Osmani

Razia Osmani, Reporter

March 29, 2019

The Town of Cottesloe has reached a unanimous verdict to ban smoking along its coastline, becoming the third local government in Perth to do so, joining the Joondalup and Cockburn Councils in having smoke-free beaches. Councillor for the Town of Cottesloe Sally Pyvis said in the meeting, “it’s...

‘Extinct’ bee rediscovered, but still at risk

Douglas's broad-headed bee, Hesperocolletes douglasi

Sharni Hamann, Reporter

March 25, 2019

A native bee species called the Douglas’s broad-headed bee, Hesperocolletes douglasi, believed to be extinct in 1994 was recently rediscovered in Perth. The discovery of the bee in remnant Banksia woodland was announced in the findings from a recent survey led by UWA PhD candidate Juliana Pille Arnold. Bees in Aus...

Fresh air for children with Cystic Fibrosis.

A child with cystic fibrosis using an eFlow nebuliser.

Joshua Smith, Reporter

March 25, 2019

A Perth-based biotech company has received over $20m in funding to develop a new treatment for children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, more commonly referred to as CF. The treatment is being developed by Respirion Pharmaceuticals, a spin-off company from Telethon Kids Institute, and will use an inhaled...

Endometriosis: The condition in the shadows

Endometriosis impacts nearly 10% of Australian females.

Mason Smith, Reporter

March 25, 2019

If you asked the Australian population what they deem important in life, I’d place a pretty safe bet that physical health would be near the top of the list. But unfortunately, according Endometriosis Australia, the health of over 700,000 women Australia-wide is impacted by this disorder. As March is Endometrios...

Safe access for WA abortion clinics

Pro-choice protestors (CC BY 2.0)

Henry Sims, Reporter

March 18, 2019

The McGowan Government has taken the first steps towards introducing safe access zones outside abortion clinics in Western Australia.  The State Government have begun work on a discussion paper that will explore the introduction of safe access zones – designed to introduce a buffer to move protesters away from premises providing certain health se...

A STEM takeover?

A STEM takeover?

Kate Purnell, Reporter

March 18, 2019

Mark McGowan’s State Government recently released a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) stating that by 2024 Labor aims to have at least 85% of year 12 students studying two or more STEM subjects. STEM is an acronym referring to science, technology, engineering and maths. The WA Department of Education...

Mental health action falling short

Support services are in short supply.

Brooke Couper, Reporter

March 18, 2019

One in five Australians aged 16 to 85 will be affected by mental illness each year. The WA Government's Mental Health Commission aims to establish systems required to support mental health and to reduce  alcohol and other drug problems. In 2015 it released a ten year plan and in late 2018 it published...

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