Sleep won’t cure the coronavirus but it can help our bodies fight it

Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult at the best of times. But it can be even harder when you’re anxious or have something on your mind – a global pandemic, for example. Right now though, getting a good night’s sleep could be more important than ever.

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Tackling alcohol-fuelled violence, one interview at a time

Associate Professor Jason Ferris held a string of media interviews on alcohol-fuelled violence, based largely on research undertaken through the Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night Time Economy Monitoring project (QUANTEM), a Deakin University-led evaluation of Queensland's Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Policy and its impact on the community. 

Associate Professor Ferris also shared his expertise and discoveries from QUANTEM with several hundred delegates of the 2017 national drug and alcohol conference, the Australian Winter School, including practitioners, researchers, policy makers and workers from across the health care sector. For three decades, the Australian Winter School (AWS) has facilitated skills development and knowledge sharing among health care professionals who treat alcohol and drug related issues. His presentation was invited by conference co-host, QNADA, a peak organisation for the non-government (NGO) alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector.

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Evaluation of the Queensland Government’s Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Policy

Alcohol is a contributing factor in most assaults on Australian streets. But can restricting alcohol sales save lives? In Queensland, the death of Cole Miller in January 2016 and other recent assaults around licensed premises highlighted the need for government intervention to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence. The Queensland Government....

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Evaluation of the Mental Health Demonstration Project

The two-year Mental Health Demonstration Project commenced in July 2015 to test a new integrated housing, mental health and welfare initiative to assist people in social housing to sustain their tenancies whilst managing mental illness or related complex needs...

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Drugs on the Darknet: Assessment the Global Health Risks of a Rapidly Expanding Market

When Silk Road was shut down by the FBI in 2013, the hidden web for selling illegal drugs became public knowledge. Online black markets pose new threats online for Australian children and families, and their use is expanding. A 2016 study found that Australia had the highest rate of drug retailers per capita....

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Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS)

The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) provides the Queensland Government with timely, accurate and up-to-date advice regarding environmental health risks. It operates as a whole-of-university centre to provide the Department of Health....

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Into the Thirties: Persistence and Social Consequences of Risky Drinking

The notion of maturing out of addictive behaviours is a long-held concept in population health research. In our thirties, the demands of partnership, family and employment have been viewed as increasingly incompatible with risky alcohol use thereby driving a decline in problematic behaviours. Yet, delays in the formation of stable relations....

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Review of systematic issues for clients with complex needs

This project examines the impact of the Queensland Government’s Anti-social behaviour management policy on social housing tenants with mental health and substance misuse issues. The project examines the relevant literature including policy and research evidence relating to sustaining...

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Social Networks & Health & Wellbeing

Social science and social policy increasingly recognise that people’s family, friendship and other networks matter for their health and well-being. But it remains unclear why networks are important and what kinds of positive and negative effects they might have....

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