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According to new research by academics from University of Melbourne and Monash University, using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace contributes to good mental health for many users. 

A leading Victorian family violence expert has responded to the Victorian Commission on Children and Young People report, Neither Seen nor Heard, which exposes multiple ‘systemic issues’ with the current child protection system.

Community members trained as coaches will work with people affected by South Australia’s catastrophic 2015 Pinery bushfire, in a pilot study to test an emotional recovery program for trauma survivors. 

A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists, which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published this weekend in a leading international journal.

Two of Victoria’s leading research minds have received the state’s highest scientific honour for research into how the immune system identifies and fights disease, a high-water mark for careers that have worked in sync over 15 years of technical innovation.

 

Connections to other people are at the heart of the resilience and recovery of survivors of Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires — but a landmark study warns that it can take five years or longer for the trauma to become manageable for many of those involved. 

A new program offering free eye tests and glasses at Victorian schools is set to transform the learning environment of children in prep to year three — up to a third of whom may have unidentified vision problems.  

Young people who had sexually abused other children said that helping them to manage pornography and improving their sexuality education could have helped prevent their abusive behaviour. The findings represent the rarely-captured voices of young people who sexually abuse, in a policy briefing paper released today by the University of Melbourne.

A University of Melbourne researcher has been recognised for her work on drug-resistant strains of typhoid and dysentery, which are spreading through developing countries and making a comeback in developed countries via international travellers. 

An oral health program for schoolchildren in Timor L’Este — where an estimated one in seven rural children has painful infections, broken teeth and abscesses — will receive a boost from a new University of Melbourne scholarship. 

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