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Better labelling on child car restraints could increase correct usage by up to 27%, study

Friday 9 November 2018: In a study released at the Safety 2018 World Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Associate Professor Julie Brown from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical Science at UNSW, revealed research statistics that show improved design of child restraint instructional materials could increase correct use by up to 27 per cent, saving lives and preventing injuries. Associate Professor Julie Brown revealed that nearly half of Australian parents using restraints are using them incorrectly, increasing the risk of serious injury to children by up to three times. “Research undertaken at NeuRA identified a…

Researchers challenge guidelines for treating acute low back pain

Wednesday, 7 November 2018: Researchers are calling for a review of clinical guidelines for treating acute low back pain following a study released today in JAMA Neurology that shows early, specialised care, which is recommended in global guidelines, does nothing to help a patient’s recovery. In the first randomised, placebo-controlled trial for testing the effectiveness of early, specialised patient education for acute low back pain, co-author Associate Professor James McAuley from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) says recommendations to include intensive early management in treatment for acute low back pain may be premature….

Professor Lynne Bilston elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Professor Lynne Bilston of Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) at its recent annual meeting. Professor Bilston is a senior principal research scientist and leads the injury prevention group at NeuRA. Her work bridges the gap between biomechanical engineering and medicine, undertaking fundamental research in how soft tissues respond to mechanical loading and applying this across public health and clinical medicine. Professor Bilston said it was a privilege to be elected as a Fellow of the AAHMS. “I am honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the AAHMS…

New ageing institute launched at UNSW

A new ageing research institute has been established at UNSW as one of four cross-disciplinary centres focused on finding solutions to major social and scientific challenges. NeuRA’s Professor Kaarin Anstey will lead the Ageing Futures Institute, which she says will conduct cross-disciplinary research designed to translate into health, fiscal and social policy on both a national and international level. Professor Anstey says it’s hoped the research will inspire communities and governments to view ageing positively and to adopt policies and technologies conducive to ageing well, as well as reducing the social, health and economic burdens of an ageing society. “We…

NeuRA recognises the importance of World Osteoporosis Day

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) recognises the importance of World Osteoporosis Day, on Saturday 20 October, a day for global action to improve bone health and prevent fractures due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the quality and density of bone is reduced. As the bone becomes increasingly fragile, people are more susceptible to breaks from small forces and minor falls. A recent report published at NeuRA by the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry found one in four men and two in five women aged 50 and over will experience a minimal trauma fracture. The report also found…

NeuRA launches eBook to support Mental Wellness at Work

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has launched a FREE eBook titled, Mental Wellness in the Workplace, on world mental health day. The 50-page eBook looks at key factors like sleep, stress and chronic low back pain that can contribute to mental distress, depression, anxiety and low energy levels at work. It also looks at new research on the immune-to-brain relationship and whether resilience can be developed to inoculate yourself against stress. Professor Peter Schofield, CEO of NeuRA, says NeuRA is passionate about highlighting mental health and wellness in the workplace. “NeuRA is proud to be supporting mental health month this October….