Health Awareness

New mobile phone ban to protect primary school kids’ mental health

Mobile phones will be banned in primary school classrooms in a New South Wales Government bid to reduce online bullying and risk factors associated with students’ mental health. The introduction of the new law was announced Thursday and followed a commission in June led by psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Under the new rules, students will…

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Singapore study finds mental illness more prevalent in young adults

Young Singaporean adults aged 18-34 are most at risk of developing a mental health illness, a Singapore Mental Health Study has found. A report on the findings, released on Tuesday this week, showed individuals in that age group were most likely to have experienced bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse, and obsessive compulsive disorder.…

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Launch of multidisciplinary alliance aiming to curb Asia Pacific’s fragility fractures

A ground-breaking multi-stakeholder alliance charged with countering fragility fractures threatening the world’s most populated, and fastest ageing region, will be unveiled in Sydney, Australia today. Formation of the Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance coincides with an article published in MJA Insight calling for an urgent, cross-disciplinary, multi-sector response to the mounting medical emergency facing Asia’s…

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Cracking the genetic code of bipolar disorder

Today, November 20, 2018, VIVA! had the pleasure of partnering with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to launch the Australian Genetics of Bipolar Disorder Study. The study comprises the Australian arm of the world’s largest of its kind to date. The ground-breaking study hopes to identify the genes that predispose people to bipolar disorder, a…

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