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Monday, 18 February 2008

Paper: First-episode schizophrenia

Lisa Zipparo (Senior Research Director) has published a paper as part of her Masters Thesis in the 'Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Bioilogical Psychiatry Journal'. The paper investigates the neuropsychological and neuroanatomical changes that occur over the first 2 to 3 years of illness in patients with first-episode schizophrenia.

For those needing some bedtime reading, copies of the paper may be obtained here.

posted by Tom Mitchell-Taverner

Taverner Poll: Iemma failing?

The latest Taverner poll published on Sunday in the Sun Herald was conducted a year after Morris Iemma announced his platform for the March 2007 election campaign, which included strong promises to improve essential services in New South Wales. The poll shows that a majority of voters feel Mr Iemma is failing on that promise to deliver.

The findings show a limited level of enthusiasm for Mr Iemma at present. However he is very well recognised. Barry O’Farrell on the other hand has very low awareness across NSW voters - most cannot name him, even among Coalition supporters.

The poll suggests that NSW Labor may still be able to do something effective about improving public transport and Sydney’s roads – but shows very little confidence that the government can or will do anything at all to improve the NSW health system.

Regardless of how ineffectual the NSW voters feel about what Labor will achieve in power under Morris Iemma, they seem even less impressed with what the Coalition might do in Opposition. With so little to fear from the Opposition, it seems Labor in New South Wales still does not need to do anything spectacular to remain in power for as long as it wants.

Full details of the poll can be found at

posted by Tom Mitchell-Taverner

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