Think: Health



Think: Health examines new thinking and new evidence from researchers and academics. Each week the show takes an in depth look at health issues and challenges, and the innovative research trying to solve these problems.Think Health is produced at 2SER 107.3 in Sydney.


  • Introducing Uniform- A new season of All Things Equal

    09/05/2019 Duração: 54s

    Missing your Think: Health fix? We’ve got something else for your podcast app. Introducing a new season of All Things Equal. This series will take you into the school yard and beyond, where kids learn that things aren't always fair. Through the stories of real students and staff, Uniform will change the way you think about education; because when it comes to learning, one size does not fit all.Subscribe to All Things Equal in your favourite podcast app, or listen to the show here:

  • #109 - Inheriting the Pain

    29/01/2019 Duração: 23min

    "I don't know how I knew, but I've known my whole life"In this episode of Think: Health, we explore the complexity of intergenerational trauma and the impact it has on mental health. A new study conducted by Kim Slender, PhD Student at the University of Technology Sydney is looking at the epigenetic transmission of trauma across generations within the Jewish community and how this trauma can become embedded into ones genetic makeup.Featuring:Kim Slender - PhD Student in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.Sylvia Griffin - Artist, SydneyNorm Sheehan - Director, GNIBI College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University.Producer/Presenter: Evie Maguire.

  • #108 - The Global NCD Crisis

    19/12/2018 Duração: 23min

    Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death around the globe responsible for more than 70% of global deaths. NCD's refer to an umbrella of chronic non-transmissible diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. While the extent of the burden is internationally recognised, efforts to tackle this growing health crisis are failing to address the root cause - social and economic inequality. This episode we look at how non-communicable diseases are impacting our poorest and most vulnerable communities and why Indigenous populations are completely removed from the global conversation.Featuring:Summer May Finlay - Co-Chair of Indigenous NCD's.Rosemary Wyber - Head of Strategy for End RHD at the Telethon Kids Institute.Producer/Presenter: Jake Morcom.

  • #107 - The Success of Pink Sari

    10/12/2018 Duração: 23min

    In 2014, women from South Asian communities - from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan - had the lowest rates of breast cancer screening in New South Wales. Breast cancer screenings, or mammograms, are vital for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer in women aged 50 to 74. But for some reason, only 1 in 5 women from South Asian communities were getting them. This is the story of the public health initiative that not only turned this statistic around, but in doing so brought a community of women together in celebration of the strengths of our multicultural nation. Producer/Presenter: Cheyne AndersonSpeakers:Shantha Viswanathan - Pink Sari IncViji Dhayanathan - Pink Sari IncMichael Camit - NSW Multicultural Health Communications Service, and PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney

  • #106 - The Move to Criminalise Amyl Nitrite

    04/12/2018 Duração: 21min

    Amyl Nitrites (known as “amyl” or “poppers”) are a part of life for many queer Australians, particularly gay men. A prescription level relaxant, it has been used as a party drug and sex aid for decades.Now, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has proposed criminalising amyl, moving it to the same classification as heroin. Since amyl is a non-addictive substance with significantly lower health risks, many in the queer community are seeing this move as an act of discrimination.Producer/Presenter:Daniel ButlerFeaturing:Dr Daniel Demant, Lecturer in Public Health, University of Technology Sydney*Due to the number of submissions, the TGA has delayed its final decision and extended the deadline for community feedback. There will be public forums held in Sydney and Melbourne early next year.

  • #105 - Why Climate Change Is A Mental Health Crisis

    29/11/2018 Duração: 23min

    Where we've typically ascribed trauma to the individual, climate change now sees large groups of people sharing the same damaging experience in what's being called 'collective trauma'. But as post-disaster care continues to prioritise physical safety, the mental health of survivors often falls to the wayside. This episode we explore the global implications of climate change on mental health and why our mental health services aren't ready for what's to come. Featuring:Lucy Chen - Student at the University of Technology Sydney and Climate Activist.Helen Berry - Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at the University of Sydney. Jennifer First - Program Manager at the Disaster and Community Crisis Centre at the University of Missouri-Columbia.Producer/Presenter: Jake Morcom.

  • #104 - Why Australia Could Get Sued for Protecting the Environment

    20/11/2018 Duração: 25min

    When tobacco company Philip Morris sued Australia over our plain packaging laws, it's fair to say we were taken by surprise. How can a foreign company take a nation's government to tribunal for protecting its citizens health?The answer is Investor State Dispute Settlement, an obscure clause in free trade agreements allowing corporations to sue foreign governments for what it perceives to be unfair discrimination. In practice, this tends to end up happening over regulations in two areas: health, and the environment.This episode unpacks how ISDS could put a stranglehold on regulations and policies that put people ahead of profit.Producer/Presenter:Cheyne AndersonSpeakers:Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of Australian Fair Trade and Investment NetworkDr Carl Rhodes, Professor of Organizational Studies at the University of Technology SydneyMatthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Queensland University of TechnologyMax Bonnell, Partner White & Case

  • #103 - Can a Smartphone Tell If You're Sick?

    06/11/2018 Duração: 25min

    Our smart devices may know us better than our doctor. There's a range of apps currently available that can help us monitor and manage our health. But can our smart devices also help diagnose medical problems in the first place? This episode explores the possibilities and potential ethical issues around digital diagnoses.Producer/Presenter: Evie Maguire Speakers:Caleb Ferguson, Senior Research Fellow at the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research CentreSally Inglis, Associate Professor at IMPACT...Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney

  • #102 - Communicating Cancer To Kids

    30/10/2018 Duração: 19min

    How do you communicate cancer to children? How do you explain a diagnosis? Is there a limit to what you can say? This episode you'll hear from two people who specialise in explaining cancer to children and explain why the message is particularly difficult for young people to digest. Featuring:Chris Jacobs - Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Stanley Browning - Primary School Education Coordinator at Camp Quality.For more information: Evie Maguire.

  • #101 - Shifting the Lens on Psychology 2: Colonialism and Practice (panel)

    15/10/2018 Duração: 29min

    We continue our series unpacking the field of psychology. In this episode, Megan Williams chats to three white professionals working and researching mental health about the importance of cultural humility and learning to make space for Indigenous voices.Presenter: Megan Williams, Head of Girra Maa Indigenous Health Discipline at the University of Technology SydneyProducers:Megan Williams, Miles Herbert, Cheyne AndersonSpeakers:Adam Dickes - Masters of Clinical Psychology, PhD candidate University of Technology Sydney, Vice President of the Hearing Voices NetworkMerle Conyer - Private trainer and consultant in trauma informed practiceRuth Wells - Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales School of Psychiatry

  • #100 - Shifting the Lens on Psychology 1: Indigenous Mental Health

    09/10/2018 Duração: 21min

    How did it come to be that a field of inquiry, whose primary purposes are to understand and benefit people, fails so miserably at both?Suntosh Pillay (2017:136)In the first instalment of this three part series, Megan Williams challenges the Western framework of psychology and how Aboriginal-lead approaches can make a huge difference when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' emotional and mental wellbeing.Producers:Miles Herbert, Cheyne AndersonSpeakers:Megan Williams, Head of Girra Maa Indigenous Health Discipline at the University of Technology Sydney

  • #99 - Our Stories

    02/10/2018 Duração: 24min

    "The ways that we listen to each other and learn are through the art and science of storytelling".Featuring:Dr Lisa Roberts - Artist-in-residence in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology Sydney.Dr Megan Williams - Senior Lecturer and Head of the Indigenous Health Discipline in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.Aunty (Dr) Frances Bodkin - Educator of D'harawal Knowledge.Darren Charwood - Artist and Masters Candidate in Visual Arts and Archaeology at the University of Sydney.Dr Sean Walsh (Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country) - Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.

  • #98 - When The Hospital Runs Out Of Anaesthetic

    25/09/2018 Duração: 26min

    The American Medical Association in June announced drug shortages were posing an urgent public health crisis with nearly 200 drugs currently in short supply. With a number of these being anaesthetic drugs used in surgery, what risks does a shortage pose for the patient?Featuring:James Grant - President of the American Society of Anaesthesiologists.Judy Smith - Coordinator of Perioperative Nursing in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Rodney Mitchell - President of the Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

  • #97 - Finding Freedom Behind Bars

    18/09/2018 Duração: 23min

    For those who find themselves in the justice system, it can be hard to find a way out. Between 2015 and 2016, almost 45% of all Australian prisoners returned to jail within two years of being released. But one provincial prison in Argentina has found a creative way of addressing the problem. They are reducing recidivism, but also boosting prisoner mental and physical health. So what can being behind bars in South America, teach Australians about what it means to be free?Featuring:Danielle Logue - Associate Professor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Technology Sydney Business School. Jorge 'Negro' Mendizábal - Volunteer Coach of the Espartanos.

  • #96 - Counting Dead Women - After #MeToo

    30/08/2018 Duração: 18min

    We started making this episode in May when the annual count of women who had died due to violence in Australia was 24. We finished making this episode in August when the count was 41. And in the time it took us to finish this episode, and upload it to your podcast feed, another woman he been allegedly murdered. This episode is about counting dead women, why we do it and what it means. Hosted by Verity Firth and produced by Ollie Henderson, Miles Herbert and Ninah Kopel. This episode originally aired on After #MeToo - Stories of Social Change from 2SER 107.3.Thank you to everyone who helped create Destroy the Joint and Counting Dead Women, whose work inspired the episode.

  • #95 - You've Been Nudged

    21/08/2018 Duração: 29min

    Australians have until the 15th of November to opt out of having a My Health Record. On this episode, we explore why that's a problematic way to draw users into a system. Featuring:LisaJane Hall - Distinguished Professor of Health Economics in the University of Technology Sydney Business SchoolJoshua Badge - Research Assistant from Deakin UniversityProducer: Joe Koning.

  • #94 - Contaminating the Mind

    14/08/2018 Duração: 21min

    When you think about contaminated sites, there are many health concerns that might come to mind. Breathing in toxic fumes or dust, or consuming food and water tainted with chemicals. But what does living near a contaminated site do to your mind? Research from the University of Technology Sydney is drawing connections between contamination and worry, proving that it can be as much about your psychological health as it is physical wellbeing. Featuring:Erica McIntyre - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Jason Prior - Associate Professor from the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. Andrew Ferguson - City Councillor for Canada Bay in Rhodes. Joe - Rhodes Resident. Producer: Ninah Kopel.

  • #93 - Punching Parkinson's Disease

    07/08/2018 Duração: 23min

    Prior to the advent of modern medicine, bloodletting from the neck was once considered an acceptable treatment for Parkinson's disease. Oral medications and deep brain stimulation are now common practice in treating the disease, but there's another method which doesn't involve sending electrical pulses through the brain. And it's as simple as strapping on some gloves and throwing some good punches. This episode we look at how boxing and punching can be used for healing instead of hurting.Featuring:Bryce Vissel - Director of the Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney. Adrian Unger - Founder of Punchin' Parko's. Serene Paul - Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Producer: Ninah Kopel.

  • #92 - Data Insecurity

    31/07/2018 Duração: 28min

    New legislation introduced in February makes it mandatory for health service providers to report when they've experienced a data breach. But as practices and hospitals around the county remain unsure as to what constitutes a breach, how secure is our health data?Featuring:Dr Peter Walker - GP and Risk Advisor at Avant Mutual.Natalie Mason - Senior Associate in the Health Law team at DWF Australia.David Carter - Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney.Dr Robert Merkel - Lecturer in Software Engineering at Monash University.If you're a health service provider and are seeking more information as to how the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme might affect your medical practice, Avant Mutual have this put together this resource.

  • #91 - Battling Resistance

    24/07/2018 Duração: 22min

    Antibiotics have been a fundamental in healthcare, but their overuse has led to a resistance movement that threatens the face of modern medicine. How can we tackle the problems of overprescription and misuse without losing the vital drug forever?Featuring:Laura McCaughey - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the iThree Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.Amanda McCullough - Research Fellow in the Centre for Research and Evidence Based Practice at Bond University.Kirsty Buising - Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Deputy Director of the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship at the University of Melbourne.

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