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 Wetsuits that hide humans from sharks

Wetsuits that hide humans from sharks

  A discovery about the eyesight of sharks has led to a real-life application that could save lives. Western Australia was reeling from a series of fatal shark attacks on surfers, swimmers and scuba divers when Dr Nathan Hart teamed up with a marine technology company to develop, with the support of WA government funding, a shark-deterrent wetsuit. Hart, now an Associate Professo...

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 MQ Research: major study of homelessness finds housing policy is failing Sydney’s most vulnerable

MQ Research: major study of homelessness finds housing policy is failing Sydney’s most vulnerable

  There is an urgent need for more low-cost housing and alternative housing models of supported housing for Sydney’s homeless, given the high rates of serious mental illness among the homeless, according to new research from Macquarie University and the Matthew Talbot Hostel Clinic run by the St Vincent de Paul Society. In one of the largest studies of its kind, and the largest ev...

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 Forget the couch: online therapy works just as well

Forget the couch: online therapy works just as well

  More than 80,000 people around Australia have accessed anxiety and depression assessment services since 2013 through Macquarie’s revolutionary digital mental health portal, the MindSpot Clinic, which is fully funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The clinic now also delivers interventions to help people with chronic pain manage their disability and distress. ...

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 Master of Research – making a difference through research

Master of Research – making a difference through research

Have you ever considered that you could make a greater impact in your field through postgraduate research? Master of Research Graduate and PhD candidate, Joshua Pate (M Research 2017) currently works for NSW Health as a Senior Pain Physiotherapist and has chosen this pathway with Macquarie for exactly that reason. “Ultimately, it means I can help more patients than I can practising as ...

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 Boogie flights: how scientists are monitoring whale health by using drones to collect their blow

Boogie flights: how scientists are monitoring whale health by using drones to collect their blow

Macquarie University researchers have led the design and construction of a new system that can be fitted to a custom-built, waterproof drone* in order to sample whale microbiota (the combination of natural bacterial colonies that live in an organism) by flying over and collecting the exhaled vapours from their blowholes. The collaborative research project, led by Macquarie University’...

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 Encouraging risk-taking in children may reduce the prevalence of childhood anxiety

Encouraging risk-taking in children may reduce the prevalence of childhood anxiety

A new international study suggests that parents who employ challenging parent behavioural (CPB) methods – active physical and verbal behaviours that encourage children to push their limits – are likely protecting their children from developing childhood anxiety disorders. Researchers from Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health, along with partners from the University of Am...