Analysis and features

 

A selection of analysis pieces, mainly published in the Herald’s News Review section.

THE DRUG HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

An analysis piece on the results of the 2012/13 Global Drug Survey, for which Fairfax Media was the Australian partner. I co-ordinated this project, which ran across a number of mastheads and involved many of our journalists (but big credit must go to the Sydney and Melbourne health teams). It produced the biggest ever survey of current drug users in Australia.

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TRADING HEALTH FOR EVEN FATTER PROFITS

The global food industry is expanding, and it is taking our waistlines with it. Public health experts fear global trade agreements and powerful transnational food companies are creating a boom industry in death and disease.

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ON A FINAL PATH TO PEACE OF MIND

It’s the fear that gets you. Fear of the end, fear of pain. Three years ago Margaret Ashton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given five years to live. It’s not the last moments of life that scares her, but the weeks and months leading up to them.

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TIME RUNS OUT FOR SUPERBUG SILVER BULLET

Elijah Slavkovic was dying. Every so often in medicine there is a silver bullet, one simple action that means the difference between life and death: but the baby boy never got that chance. His doctor testified that he was concerned about giving unnecessary antibiotics to Elijah because it could contribute to antibiotic resistance in the community: Such uncalled for restraint is made all the more tragic by the fact that in Australia the drugs that could have saved little Elijah’s life, third-generation cephalosporins, are still being given to pigs and cows.

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LIFE SENTENCE IN THE GREY ZONE
A look inside Sydney’s most secretive psychiatric hospital.
“I don’t even notice the wall so much any more,” says Michelle Eason.
Most people who enter The Forensic Hospital in Malabar, where Ms Eason is the nurse manager, find it hard not to notice the wall – it is five metres high.

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: 30 YEARS OF HIV

30 years since the first case of AIDS was identified in Australia (in an American tourist on holidays in Sydney), hope abounds: Australia led the world in developing a bipartisan political response that contained the deadly virus to a much greater extent than other countries. But rates of new HIV infections have slowly crept up. The number of new diagnoses increased by 8 per cent last year, and by 50 per cent during the past 10 years.

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