Health

Abuse victims left in the dark.

Abuse victims left in the dark.

Barry O’Farrell’s proposed changes to the Victims Compensation Scheme have left victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse out in the cold. As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, victims will not be able to make a claim if it has been more than ten years since the incident occurred. UOW Professor of […]


Illawarra preschools say unvaccinated child ban unfair

Illawarra preschools say unvaccinated child ban unfair

Illawarra preschools are standing against a proposed bill that would ban unvaccinated children from attending childcare centres. Amendments to the Public Health Act 2010 will be introduced by Health Minister Jillian Skinner next week, giving centres the right to refuse unvaccinated children. Keiraville Community Preschool Director Margaret Gleeson told the Illawarra Mercury that she is […]


Are you healthier than a fifth grader?

Are you healthier than a fifth grader?

Dr Jimmy Chun Yu Louie, Lecturer for the UOW School of Health Sciences, has found that teenage boys are consuming the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. Reporter Tess Brunton speaks to him and a health-conscious student about how to limit your intake of empty sugars. Only thirty per cent of primary schools […]


How unhealthy is your lunch?

Dr Jimmy Chun Yu Louie, University of Wollongong lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics, has discovered that teenage boys are consuming 22 teaspoons of processed sugar in their food every day. That’s 13% of our recommended daily calorie intake, which brings in to question how much good we’re doing by skipping that one sugar in the […]


UOW researchers use Trojan horse tactics against superbugs

UOW researchers use Trojan horse tactics against superbugs

Taking inspiration from Greek mythology, UOW researchers have patented a world-breakthrough approach for treating infections resistant to antibiotics. Dubbed ‘Trojan horse’ drugs, the medical advancement allows the barriers of resilient infections to be attacked. “Biofilms occur when bacteria grow together as communities… encased within a protective polymetric blanket,” says Dr Mike Kelso, researcher with the  Illawarra […]


Vital Blood Donation Centre reaches milestone

Vital Blood Donation Centre reaches milestone

When the Wollongong Blood Donor Centre opened its doors in 1963, the Illawarra region was a bustling and dangerous industrial hub. With no permanent collection service, blood was raced from Sydney against the clock to treat patients with severe injuries. Now, as the service celebrates its Donor Centre celebrates 50 years of saving lives in […]


Keeping Your Health In Check

Keeping Your Health In Check

The latest workshop in the UOW Good Life series is on this Thursday at 11:30 in the CSE meeting rooms in building 11. This week’s workshop is called Keeping Your Health In Check and it will let people know about health issues that can be screened or checked and how often you can do it. […]


Love food, hate waste

Love food, hate waste

Wollongong City Council is holding a free two-day workshop on how to eat healthy and eliminate food waste. The workshop is aimed at parents with young children, after research shows that every household in NSW wastes $1,000 per year on food. This waste ends up as landfill, and in the case of the Illawarra region, […]


MumsNBubs get fit and healthy

MumsNBubs get fit and healthy

Love being healthy? Have kids? The MumsNBubs program is running an eight-week health and fitness program perfect for meeting like-minded women and getting into shape at the same time. Starting April 9 at Towradgi Beach, the program runs on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9.30am. Cost: $87.50 for 1 session per week, $175 for both sessions. […]


Trials bring heartwarming news

Trials bring heartwarming news

Hope is on the horizon for those at risk of heart disease or stroke, with a clinical cardiovascular medication trial soon to be conducted in the Illawarra. The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute is calling for volunteers who are currently taking cholesterol-lowering medication or have previously suffered a heart attack or stroke. The trial […]


A step forward for Motor Neurone Disease in Seniors Week.

A step forward for Motor Neurone Disease in Seniors Week.

Today marked the first International Day of Happiness but in Dapto a mini-expo for Seniors Week addressed brain health and advances in research for diseases like Motor Neurone Disease. Approximately 25 people in the Illawarra and one in 12,000 people in Australia live with from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). It is an aggressive disease that […]


Residents experiencing increase in bites

Residents experiencing increase in bites

  South Coast residents have been experiencing an increase in both animal and insect bites since September last year. Between September 2012 and February 2013, there have been a total of 20 spider bites and seven snakebites in the Illawarra area. The increase in bites may have been caused by the summer months, when the […]


Are you allergy aware?

Are you allergy aware?

We’re being encouraged to be allergy aware this week with Anaphylaxis Australia educating the community about food allergies. Maria Said, President of Anaphylaxis Australia, says it’s important for the community to be educated and aware, with food allergies affecting unsuspecting people daily. “There is no cure for food allergies, the only way to prevent a […]


Sex education a high priority

Sex education a high priority

At the Young Men’s Forum held today, sex education has been identified as one of the main issues concerning local male students in the Illawarra. The forum, held at the Wollongong Youth Centre, highlighted the needs of young men in the Illawarra through the ideas of a group of year 10 boys from Illawarra Sports […]


Policing required for smoking ban

Policing required for smoking ban

Governments proposed new law banning smoking in public places may be useless without adequate policing to enforce the ban. The University of Wollongong’s Share the Air committee says this was the reason the University’s smoking ban wasn’t 100% successful. “This sort of thing can only work if the whole area is constantly policed,” says member […]


Brain Cancer Action Week

Brain Cancer Action Week

    May 6-12 is Brain Cancer Action Week run by the Cancer Council NSW. The Cancer Council’s Southern Region Office has called for a national research approach to brain cancer as recent figures reveal regional gaps in the rates of those diagnosed, and survive the disease. The NSW Cancer Institute said a 2008 report […]


Heart Week at UOW

Heart Week at UOW

Wollongong University Recreation and Aquatic Centre (URAC) is getting involved in Heart Week with programs to increase awareness in the Illawarra. The national initiative kicked off on the 6th May. Sharyn Cahill from URAC says Heart Week is about making people aware of the condition of their heart. This year’s theme is Warning Signs. “We […]


Crown St smoking ban

Crown St smoking ban

A proposal to ban smoking in the Wollongong CBD is gaining momentum after Wollongong City Councillors voted in favour of the motion. Councillor George Takacs filed the motion to ban smoking in Crown Street Mall, which he says will lead to a better atmosphere in the city. “If we can create an image of Wollongong […]