Highest rates of cannabis use

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Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of cannabis and amphetamine use in the world, according to comprehensive research on illicit drug use.

Up to 15 per cent of 15 to 64 year olds in the two countries use cannabis, while 2.8 per cent of the same age group use drugs such as speed and crystal meth. The latter figure does not include use of ecstasy.

Psychiatry in his sights

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Indigenous doctor Josef McDonald, who has just graduated from UNSW, plans to focus his career on mental health problems in his community.

The 24-year-old is the third graduate of the Shalom Gamarada residential scholarship program, which offers full board and accommodation at Shalom College to Indigenous students, valued at $17,500 per year.

“The scholarship was crucial. There was no way my family could have afforded for me to study and live in Sydney,” says Dr McDonald.

$18m for research into dementia, mood disorders

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Research into early onset dementia and efforts to develop treatments for depression and bipolar disorder have been given a major boost, with UNSW researchers receiving more than $18 million in the latest round of federal government health funding.

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced the recipients of 159 grants worth $114 million across three National Health and Medical Research Council funding schemes at UNSW in Sydney today.

The schemes included Program Grants, Development Grants and Postgraduate Scholarships.

Stem cell discovery could help mend hearts

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Researchers have discovered a new population of adult stem cells in the heart, which could augment the development of new regeneration and repair therapies for people who have suffered heart attack or heart failure, the leading cause of death in Australia.

The study, led by Professor Richard Harvey and his team at UNSW and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI), is published today in the international journal Cell Stem Cell

Mini-strokes signal health warning

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Patients who suffer stroke-like attacks can have mortality rates 20 per cent higher than the general population, new research finds, leading to calls for better stroke prevention strategies for those who experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

In one of the largest studies of its kind ever conducted, more than 20,000 adults hospitalised in New South Wales between 2000-2007 with a TIA were compared against the general population for mortality rates.