Media Release: Thursday 6 October 2016
For more than a century, standard care for heart attacks – one of the biggest causes of death in Australia – was the use of supplementary oxygen.
That was until recently, when Australian research demonstrated that in some cases, supplemental oxygen was actually causing harm – increasing heart injury, and dangerous cardiac rhythms.
Now, thanks to the widespread application of these results, the response to heart attacks has been drastically changed both here in Australia, and around the world.
Against the backdrop of examples like this, it’s unsurprising that a new poll has found some 88 per cent of people rate ‘research’ as the most important opportunity to improve our health system.