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New children's health research centre opens

The Palaszczuk Government has officially opened a children’s health research centre, located by the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said the facility, which cost more than 100 million dollars to build, will allow faster translation of research findings into better care outcomes.

The nine-story Centre for Children’s Health Research represents the largest investment in child and adolescent health research in Queensland’s history.

Brisbane climate rally held on Saturday

Hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane on Saturday, as part of the global ‘People’s Climate March’.

The march was attended by Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles, who said he will be attending the Paris Climate Summit this week.

Dr Miles said that stronger action needs to be taken against climate change than the reduction targets already submitted by various countries, or the 2 degrees celsius goal will not be reached.

'Natural burials' now available in Canberra

Canberra’s first ‘natural burial ground’ has now opened, located at Gungahlin Cemetery.

Natural burial involves covering a deceased person in a biodegradable shroud or casket, or cremating them, and burying them in bushland, with no headstone or marker.

Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said community interest in natural burial is strong, and the option is cheaper than traditional means of burial.

Alzheimers researchers uncover more information on the disease

University of New South Wales researchers have discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Study leader, Dr Vladimir Sytnyk, said a molecular mechanism degrades and destroys the brain’s synapses in people with Alzheimer’s, which are required for all brain functions, especially for learning and forming memories.

The work will open up new avenues for research on possible treatments for the degenerative brain condition.

Refugees on Nauru work unprotected with asbestos

A housing renovation scheme on Nauru is hiring refugees and local workers to remove asbestos roofing from houses without any protection or training.

The Nauru government has issued a statement stating the work is safe, and no refugees are hired, but photos have emerged showing refugees working on the roofs without any protective gear.

A 2015 European Union and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program report found that more than 200,000 square metres of asbestos-laden material is in buildings on Nauru.

Israel halts EU contact over new labelling laws

Israel has stopped contact with European Union bodies engaged in peace talks with Palestine, after new EU guidelines changed how Israel must label much of its food products.

The guidelines mean that products which come from land occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East War will be illegal to sell in the EU, as they are not part of the internationally recognised borders of the nation.

The development of settlements in those regions has been one of the obstacles to negotiations between Israel and Palestine.