Latest news from the region

FarmerMentalHealthlA LEADING rural health worker is calling for the improvement of mental health services in country WA, as outback communities struggle to cope with 2012’s tumultuous climate.

Published in Health & Medicine

Acropora asperaCERTAIN Kimberley corals appear to be resisting the extreme environmental fluctuations usually associated with coral bleaching.

Pryke Gouldian_maleSYDNEY University ornithologists are enhancing the breeding rates of endangered Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) in the Ord Valley near Wyndham.

livestock fooddemandA University of New England (NSW) researcher believes current livestock production methods must change to meet surging global demand for meat.

Published in Agriculture & Food

rice harvest_ordNEW research in rice trials are underway in Western Australia’s Kimberley region to identify new developments and techniques to see if the crop can return as a profitable source of revenue for the region.

Published in Agriculture & Food

SusanHayes300-200Ever wondered how those forensic scientists on ‘Bones’ or ‘CSI’ reconstruct a person’s identity from a skull? Well Dr Susan Hayes, Australia’s only facial anthropologist, is letting people in on the science.

IMG 9937ENGAGING students in science through hands-on activities is a highly effective method of teaching in Aboriginal communities, new research suggests.

spinefexSPINIFEX  (Triodia sp.) grasses played an important role in Indigenous culture and researchers from University of Queensland (UQ) are working with traditional land owners in WA to understand more about the genus and its usage.

camelsWA’s status as home to the world’s largest herd of feral camels is leading to calls for a camel meat industry to protect the state’s environment and provide economic opportunities for rural people.

KunanarraA NEW research report exploring the escalating suicide toll in the Kimberley has called for culturally based community programs that are designed to empower Aboriginal communities.