public policy

Episode 71      26 min 28 sec
Widows of Injecting Drug Users in North East India

Dr Michelle Kermode
Prarthna Dayal

In the conservative societies of Nagaland and Manipur, widows of injecting drug users are often HIV positive, poor and stigmatized. Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Insitute for Global Health discuss an intervention program to improve mental health of these women. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 70      36 min 28 sec
Drug Use, HIV and Harm Reduction in North East India

Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann
Dr Michelle Kermode
Prarthna Dayal

Manipur and Nagaland are two states in North East India that share a border with Burma. While these states are so remote that few foreign nationals have visited them, they are beset with high rates of HIV infection and injecting drug use. Assoc Prof Peter Deutschmann, Dr Michelle Kermode and Prarthna Dayal from the Nossal Institute for Global Health take us on their journey of implementing harm reduction programs in these communities. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 68      18 min 57 sec
Pakistan: A State for Devolution

Dr Nadeem Malik

Dr Nadeem Malik ponders the question of why stable and robust democratic institutions have eluded Pakistan. Since its formation in 1947, military rule has been a recurrent theme for Pakistan, and true devolution of power to the local level is still a quest. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 54      18 min 37 sec
Adolescents and Mental Illness

Professor Patrick McGorry

Psychiatrist Prof Patrick McGorry discusses how evolving treatment modalities can address disturbing trends of increased mental illness in young adults and adolescents. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 52      20 min 28 sec
Addressing Violence in the Family

Prof Cathy Humphreys

Prof Cathy Humphreys discusses the tragic impact of family violence, and outlines contemporary approaches to intervention and prevention. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 50      21 min 27 sec
Criminal Investigation and Your DNA

Jeremy Gans

Assoc Prof Jeremy Gans discusses the benefits, limitations and privacy implications of using DNA in criminal investigation. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 49      26 min 18 sec
How We'll Fare in the Global Food Crisis

Snow Barlow
Rajinder S. Sidhu

Prof Snow Barlow, the University of Melbourne, backgrounds the sharp rise in food prices, and looks at how science and technology may provide solutions in feeding an ever growing global population. Also, Prof Rajinder S. Sidhu from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, discusses the impact of elevated food prices on Indian society. With Science host, Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 48      28 min 54 sec
Researching Indigenous Health in Australia and New Zealand

Prof Ian Anderson
Assoc Prof Papaarangi Reid

Professor Ian Anderson discusses contemporary approaches to health research and education for indigenous Australia. We also hear a New Zealand angle from Assoc Prof Papaarangi Reid of the University of Auckland. With host Jacky Angus.

Episode 46      23 min 36 sec
The Human Hand in Climate Change

Prof David Karoly

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Prof David Karoly calculates the human-caused contribution to climate change. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 41      21 min 27 sec
Drinking The Same Water Twice -- Potable Water From Waste

Prof Peter Scales
Prof David Fox

Prof Peter Scales demystifies the process of recovering potable water from waste water, while Prof David Fox compares the cost of recycling with desalination. With Up Close science host Dr Shane Huntington.