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HILDA shows Australians are wealthier than ever but worrying signs for some
The latest release of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey shows that while Australians are more prosperous than they were 18 years ago, some groups – particularly single parents – are experiencing worrying declines in economic security.
Living with COVID: New campaign aims to help young people understand COVID-19
A multidisciplinary team of University of Melbourne researchers has created an innovative public health campaign to help communicate coronavirus (COVID-19) to young people.
Changes in fire activity are threatening more than 4,400 species globally
Changes in fire activity are putting at risk more than 4,400 species across the globe, says a new paper led by the University of Melbourne, involving 27 international researchers.
Food health star ratings can improve diets, study finds
More evidence has emerged that food labelling can encourage manufacturers to improve product nutrition, but University of Melbourne experts say the star labelling system must be compulsory to make a big difference.
Closing the gap for vision – good progress made but still a way to go
Australia continues to close the gap for vision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but not fast enough, according to a report being launched today.
Can animals use iridescent colours to communicate?
A new paper from the University of Melbourne reveals how animals use beautiful but unreliable iridescent colours as communication signals. Special adaptations enable animals to control how these shifting colours appear so that they can convey reliable information
New centre to bridge divide between tech and patients, as COVID accelerates digital health uptake
The COVID-19 pandemic has lent new urgency to the need for a digitally enabled health system, says the head of a new University of Melbourne partnership to tackle the gap between technology and health.
Love goes on in lockdown, but is less physical for some
Sexual activity and dating app use declined among Australian adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, although chatting on dating apps increased, University of Melbourne research has found.
Carol Schwartz recognised with ‘Leading Philanthropist’ award
The University of Melbourne today congratulated business and community leader Carol Schwartz after she was announced as the ‘Leading Philanthropist’ at the 2020 Australian Philanthropy Awards.