Dead fish breathes new life into the evolutionary origin of fins and limbs: Study

Washington [US]October 1 (ANI): A trove of fossils in China, unearthed in rock dating back some 436 million years, has revealed for the first time that the mysterious galeaspids, a jawless freshwater fish, possessed paired ends. The discovery, by an international team, led by Min Zhu of the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology, Bejiing … Read more

Chinese women face a complex homecoming after studying in Australia

When Li Fang* returned to China after studying at university in both Australia and New Zealand, she didn’t think she’d changed all that much. But her family and friends soon noticed. “People around me thought I was different,” she says. “I asked them ‘what’s the difference?’ They said, ‘Sometimes your opinions and your speaking style … Read more

James Cook University to cut 130 jobs to combat dramatic drop in student enrolment

North Queensland university is planning to slash 10 percent of its workforce as student enrollment continues to plummet. Key points: JCU plans to cut 130 jobs, about a tenth of its workforce It hopes to claw back millions of dollars lost by a drop in student enrollment The university said more redundancies could be offered … Read more

Newly-discovered bacterium named after SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier

South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer has joined the list of stars including Beyonce, Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger by having a newly discovered species named after them. Key points: A newly discovered species of bacteria has been named after SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier The scientists who discovered it say they appreciated … Read more

Training teachers take up full-time positions to tackle staff shortage in schools

Rebecca Stretton still had a few months left of her education degree when she took on a full class load at the beginning of the year. Key points: Almost 500 people are in the Permission to Teach program in Queensland this year Universities are working to try to attract more students to study teaching The … Read more

Medical doubts linger as Australia eases COVID-19 regulations

SYDNEY, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) — Australian health authorities’ decision to ease COVID-19 isolation restrictions may have been embraced by bosses, keen to see employees return to the workplace, but there remain a few reservations and unanswered questions among some medical experts. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on Wednesday that the national cabinet had approved for … Read more

Governments may need to pay postgraduate students to study teaching, Sydney University’s Mark Scott says

Governments may need to pay postgraduate students to study teaching to help plug Australia’s teacher shortage, the chair of the federal government’s expert panel into teacher training has said. Key points: Severe teacher shortages are affecting schools across the country Mark Scott says governments may need to pay postgraduate students to study teaching Education ministers … Read more

Could paying for nursing degrees help address crisis-level nursing shortages in WA?

Student nurses need financial incentives to address crisis-level skills shortages in an industry plagued by burnout, according to WA’s former top nurse. Key points: Covering the cost of nursing degrees could help address a skills shortage. A number of nurses have left due to extreme stress and pressure. The state opposition wants WA to follow … Read more

Teacher shortage worsened by decline in university graduates as regional schools struggle

In the 30 years Vern Hilditch has been a principal across north-east Victorian schools, he says he has never experienced anything like the current teacher shortage. Key points: Only 50 percent of students studying teaching at university go on to graduate from the course Leaders say more regional course offerings could help fill the workforce … Read more

Universities struggle to fill nursing courses despite healthcare worker shortage

While hospitals and aged care homes are desperate for workers, applications to degrees are dropping, a trend some nursing in the sector have described as “incredibly concerning”. Key points: Notre Dame University says demand for nursing courses has markedly dropped The aged care sector is already struggling to recruit enough staff and has to close … Read more