International Day for Women and Girls in Science – What does it mean?

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why do we need to have a day to recognise girls in their study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and women that work in STEM? The reason is simple – there are not enough of them studying STEM or information and … Continue reading International Day for Women and Girls in Science – What does it mean?

The Human Faces of the Beirut Explosion

Yesterday, the talk was about the cause of the Beirut fire and explosion with comments made about if it was deliberate or an accident, or indeed an attack. Video images were streamed with observations to support all these positions and heated debates were held in different forums.  Today, it is different for many of us … Continue reading The Human Faces of the Beirut Explosion

The Human and Economic Cost of the Explosion in Beirut Lebanon on 4th of August 2020

The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, which fortunately saw no major casualties led to over $1.1 billion dollars being donated by the global community - will Lebanon be overlooked now at this moment of devastation or will the global community rise to the occasion as we must do whenever such a tragedy occurs?

Economic Cost of CoVID-19 on Mental Health

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. While the full effect of coronavirus on the economic and physical wellbeing of the global population is yet to be fully realised, many are bracing for another area of impact as the pandemic continues to … Continue reading Economic Cost of CoVID-19 on Mental Health

The Real Cost of Accessing Linked Health Data: A Case Study

This blog was originally featured as a guest post on the blog for Flying Blind Volume 2: Australian Researchers and Digital Health: https://flyingblind.cmcrc.com/researchers/ethics-quagmire-case-studies Overview The value of linking health data for research purposes is well documented. However, the process of applying for linked health data for research is a time consuming and demanding exercise. The … Continue reading The Real Cost of Accessing Linked Health Data: A Case Study

Prevalence and Impact of Drug and Alcohol Use by Young People in Australia

Drug and alcohol use is major cause of disease burden in Australian youth Alcohol and illicit drug use is well-publicised in media and culture as part of the lives of many adult Australians, but these behaviours are not limited to older adults. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs is a common … Continue reading Prevalence and Impact of Drug and Alcohol Use by Young People in Australia

Benefits of the Bank of Beirut internship program to the broader host community in Lebanon

This blog is part of a series sharing lessons and stories from Western Sydney University’s first enterprise internship program in Lebanon. This was an initiative between the Bank of Beirut (BoB), Western Sydney University (WSU) and the World Patriarchal Maronite Foundation for Integral Development (WPMF).  This is the fourth blog in the series about the … Continue reading Benefits of the Bank of Beirut internship program to the broader host community in Lebanon