Olivia Willis, ABC.net.au

Olivia Willis


Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Recent articles by Olivia:

People who don't have asthma 'using inhalers for the first time', western Sydney GP tells

Dr Tim Senior has been treating people affected by poor air quality in his western Sydney medical clinic for several months and he cannot see how the situation is going to get any better. → Read More

Prolonged exposure to bushfire smoke creating new health risks, doctors warn

The unprecedented scale of Australia's national bushfire crisis is creating new health risks, doctors warn. → Read More

How can you avoid a sore back on a long car or plane trip?

A long-haul flight or interstate road trip can leave your back in agony. So what can you do to avoid that? → Read More

Summer's going to be smoky. Here's what to keep in mind when exercising

With fire activity in different parts of the country expected to continue for months, how can we maintain our fitness and stay active, while managing the risks of smoke to our health? → Read More

Caesarean twin deliveries aren't necessarily safer, but they've tripled

Twin babies are increasingly being born via caesarean section, despite evidence that they're no safer for mothers or babies. → Read More

You can probably ditch those calcium and vitamin D supplements

Taking vitamin D or calcium supplements? Here's what you should know. → Read More

How do Aussie drug prices compare internationally?

Australians are getting a good deal for some of our most commonly used pharmaceutical drugs, but those in need are still missing out. → Read More

What's driving poor mental health among young Australians? We asked them

Many of Australia's young people are anxious, lonely and sad, according to the ABC's National Survey. Here's what five young Australians think is driving the trend. → Read More

A potential culprit has been found in the vaping illness outbreak. What now?

Vaping-related illness have killed 39 people in the US and sickened more than 2,000 others. Health officials might be one step closer to understanding why. → Read More

Stop trusting your gut — food cravings aren't the sign we think they are

It's been suggested that the foods we crave are the foods we need. But since many of us crave chocolate, how much can we trust our gut instincts? → Read More

Dr Google? Try Dr Reddit, where people are turning for sexual health advice

Thousands of people are turning to Reddit to obtain a "crowd diagnosis" for sexually transmitted infections, often posting photos of their symptoms, research has found. → Read More

Are you handling your heartburn the right way?

Many people who believe they have the most common cause of heartburn have something else altogether. → Read More

Almost a quarter of young Australians are facing mental health challenges

Almost a quarter of young people are facing mental health challenges, with young women twice as likely as young men to be grappling with psychological issues. → Read More

When anxiety sends you to the emergency department

Am I having a heart attack or a panic attack? Anxiety often manifests physically — but its symptoms can be surprisingly easy to miss. → Read More

When it comes to obesity rates, it's where you live that matters

In some parts of regional New South Wales, almost 44 per cent of the population is obese — three times the rate of those living in the wealthy suburbs of Perth. → Read More

Living with hepatitis B inspired this scientist to dedicate his life's work to it

Almost all children born in Australia are vaccinated against hepatitis B. But there are still more than 200,000 people living with it. → Read More

Mental health tops list of reasons people see the GP

Mental health issues are driving Australians to visit their GP more than any other health concern, but GPs say they're struggling to keep up with demand because mental healthcare is complex and often requires more time than a standard consultation allows. → Read More

IVF success rates are getting better — but knowing how clinics compare isn't easy

The latest data shows IVF success rates are improving. But some women are still enduring treatments in vain. → Read More

Why does everything hurt? Top tips for recovering from exercise

The cheapest and most effective way to recover from exercise is probably not what you think. → Read More

HRT breast cancer risk may persist for years, study finds

A study has found the use of hormone replacement therapy is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and that the risk can persist for more than a decade after use stops. → Read More