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Paid parental leave is a powerful mechanism for reducing stress in the critical early months when the foundations of the parent-child relationships are being established. It provides a fundamental platform supporting families to manage financially, and reducing economic and social stresses associated with the arrival of a new baby.
Written by University of Melbourne Masters of Science Communication students Jasmine McBain-Miller, Kimberley Meyers, Ashley Sroka and Bronwyn Wolfaardt under the guidance and direction of Associate Professor Jeff Craig .
One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way. Although recent genetic research has indicated hundreds of different genes contribute to autism, a new discovery has found there could also be commonality among most patients with autism.
Meet Dr Alison Yeung, a clinical geneticist at Victorian Clinical Genetics Services and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. With an involvement in the Melbourne Genomics ’ Complex Care project, we caught up with Alison to learn more about the project that is providing genomic sequencing to selected patients and evaluating its usefulness for medical practice.
Every parent wants to give their child the best start to life, but with the overwhelming amount of information available for parents and parents-to-be it can be difficult to know what to trust. Increasing evidence shows that the best time to invest in our children’s health is at the very start (conception). The message isn’t just for mothers; fathers, grandparents, and society all play a vital role in shaping the health and wellbeing of our children.
October 5 is World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, a day to create a powerful voice for people with cerebral palsy, and more inclusive community that understands the everyday challenges they face.
Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old. Antibiotic use is increasing in Australia, which directly affects the development of antibiotic resistance. So if you have a ten-month-old baby, what do you need to know? What do you need to ask your GP about the benefits and risks of antibiotics?