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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. 

The gap in blindness in Indigenous communities has been halved since 2008 through collective implementation of the sector-supported Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision, according to a report launched today.

University of Melbourne researchers are pushing for recognition of young ‘kinship carers’ — a hidden group aged 30 and under caring for family members or friends aged under 18, sacrificing their own careers, education and wellbeing.

A bid to improve near-zero survival rates for pancreatic cancer will receive a boost with the creation of Australia’s first pancreatic cancer ‘organoids bank’, enabling researchers to bring down the time it takes to find individualised chemotherapy treatment within weeks rather than months.

The University of Melbourne is leading a push for Australia to recognise Sarcopenia, a muscle-wasting disease that affects 1 in 3 people globally over the age of 60.

Laws that are meant to protect persons with disabilities in the criminal justice system can lead to detention without an end date. 

The University of Melbourne has received Australian Research Council grants totalling more than $44 million for projects including understanding the environmental impact of fire before the arrival of Europeans, antibiotic resistance in soil, and how bacteria affects gut function. 

New ways to help victims of intimate partner violence, and reducing the toll of infections on cancer patients are on the agenda for new Centres for Research Excellence (CREs) at the University of Melbourne, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

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