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2019

The latest news and expert opinion from the University of Sydney

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02 December 2019

Placebo use among Australian GPs surprisingly high

Most Australian GPs have used a placebo in practice at least once, with active placebos (active treatments used primarily to generate positive expectations) more commonly used than inert placebos, according to a new study in Psychology.
02 December 2019

Rushed revenge porn laws risk over-criminalisation

University of Sydney criminal law experts have warned of the risks of rushing to enact new criminal offences on 'revenge porn'.
02 December 2019

First studies reveal the occurrence of 'chew and spit' behaviour

Study led by Phillip Aouad from the School of Psychology has laid out how widespread this disordered eating behaviour is. While low among adults, up to 12 percent of teenagers report episodes of chewing and spitting out food.
29 November 2019

Vale Clive James

Following the recent passing of Clive James, the University of Sydney pays tribute to our alumnus's time at Sydney and his lasting cultural impact.
28 November 2019

Gift of Australian paintings from art-loving alumnus

Sixty-three paintings by Australian artists including notable works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Roy de Maistre, Ethel Carrick Fox, Emanuel Phillips Fox and Margaret Preston will go on display in the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
28 November 2019

Changing the face of Australia's leadership

The University of Sydney has created a fellowship program to nurture cultural diversity within the next generation of Australian leaders.
28 November 2019

A surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out

Professor Roberto Soria, an Honorary Associate at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and School of Physics at the University of Sydney, explains.
27 November 2019

How climate change impacts infrastructure: experts explain

From fires in the Amazon and in Australia, to flash flooding in Europe, right across the globe we are witnessing the impact of climate change on the environment. But how does a changing climate affect key infrastructure? Engineering experts explain.
27 November 2019

Koalas are not ‘functionally extinct’ but they are in danger

Reports claiming koalas are in demise went viral on Twitter this week, particularly after the American journalist Dan Rather shared it with his followers. Experts say the reports may lead to apathy around conservation.
27 November 2019

Matilda Centre launches at the University of Sydney

Tackling mental health and substance use in young people, the Matilda Centre bridges the gaps between research, government and the community to address one of Australia's biggest health problems.