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01.09.2020

English language proficiency and concordance between doctors and patients in ED: a research study

A study looking into the experiences of Arabic-speaking people at Fairfield Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) has found that recent migrants, those with more severe illness, and people from NESB who are not supported by an interpreter, are at risk of miscommunication. “This communication can lead to errors, patient dissatisfaction and most worryingly, patient harm,” explains…

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10.08.2020

Researching the impact of postnatal depression on early language development

How much impact does Postnatal Depression (PND) have on the conversation between a mother and her baby? And how does this conversation affect the child’s future development? These are the questions that have driven Christa Lam-Cassettari, Research Fellow from MARCS Institute’s Baby lab, Western Sydney University, to research what is known to be a critical…

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27.07.2020

SWS joins the worldwide search for undiagnosed hepatitis carriers

More than 300 million people worldwide are unknown carriers of Hepatitis B and C infections which, if left untreated, can cause serious liver damage and even liver cancer. Most of these people have no symptoms until they are in advanced stages of the disease at which time there is little that doctors can do for…

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06.07.2020

The high cost of keeping patients in ED

For every additional hour that a patient spends waiting to be moved from the Emergency Department (ED) to a ward, there is a significant increased cost to the health system, a new study has found. The study, undertaken at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s South West by Professor Paul Middleton and his team, looks at the…

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29.11.2019

Not all exercise is equal when it comes to mental health

Researchers from Western Sydney University and Deakin University are calling for new global physical activity guidelines to ensure they effectively address mental health. In their paper, “Do we need physical activity guidelines for mental health: What does the evidence tell us?” researchers found that some types of physical activities are better for mental health than…

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