Australia excels in Ig Nobel laureates

“It’s a spectacular year for Australia,” AIR editor Marc Abrahams said. “Congratulations.”

While Australian laureate David Rentz was physically handed the Ig Nobel Prize in Biology (“for discovering that a certain kind of beetle mates with a certain kind of Australian beer bottle”) by seven genuine Nobel laureates at Boston’s Harvard University, fellow Australian winner Paul Maruff toasted his victory at a resort in far north Queensland.

“I was bemused when I heard the news, but it has cachet, ” said Dr Maruff, a psychologist with CogState, a Melbourne firm specialising in designing clinical trials of drugs aimed at improving intellectual impairment.

Hence, his award-winning collaboration on the effects of a full bladder on decision-making.




Nothing complementary about Pharmacy Guild’s corporate deal | Croakey

The separation of prescribing and dispensing is an important feature of the Australian health system. Consumers would be concerned – and justifiably so – if they knew that their doctor had a vested financial interest in recommending particular treatments. It would undermine the trust we have that our doctor is giving us their unbiased advice about the best treatment option for us.

However, this separation is increasingly becoming blurred as pharmacists seek to expand their role in the health sector, occupying the primary care space being conveniently left open by the medical profession which has failed (in general – there are many individual exceptions) to meet the changing health care needs of the community.