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Healthy Homes

June 26 · 16 MIN

Living in a cold house can be bad for your health and bad for your quality of life.

In this breakthrough study, researchers from UTS teamed up with Sustainability Victoria to look at the benefits of making houses warmer for vulnerable people.

What they found was that spending relatively small amounts of money to improve thermal comfort had powerful – and sometimes surprising – results for health, well-being and energy savings.


In this episode:


Professor Rosalie Viney, Director the Centre for Health Research and Economics (CHERE) at University of Technology, Sydney


Kerryn Wilmot, Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology, Sydney


Dr Toby Cumming, Sustainability Victoria


‘Nothing about us, without us’: Autistic girls, women and gender diverse people lead new research

June 07 · 19 MIN

For years, it was assumed that autism affected boys at four times the rate of girls.

New research is challenging that thinking and looking at why autism in girls, women and gender diverse people has been overlooked for so long.

Inspired by the disability rights slogan, ‘Nothing about us, without us’, a team of autistic women and non-binary people have been working with researcher Rachel to set the landscape for this research frontier.

How can research improve the lives of autistic girls, women and gender diverse? Where should we be focusing our resources?

In this episode:

Dr Rachel Grove, researcher in to autistic girls, women and gender diverse people

Tess Moodie, queer, non-binary, proud Pallawa woman and advocate in the areas of gender-based violence, disability, autism and in the LGBTQA+ community.


Can you handle the heat? Keeping cool on the job

June 07 · 18 MIN

Heat stress comes with the job when you’re a firefighter.

But if you’re fighting a bush fire in the middle of a national park, or on a busy city motorway, what is the most effective way to cool down? How effectively you can do this has life-threatening implications. 

This ground-breaking partnership with NSW Fire and Rescue puts a scientific lens on the issue and seeks to find the best solution to heat stress.

In this episode:

Andrew Richardson, health and fitness adviser with Fire and Rescue NSW

Dr Hugh Fullagar, senior lecturer with the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at UTS

Mark Gabriel, rescue firefighter at Fire and Rescue NSW