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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

US doctor John Pournoor warns on planning for pandemics

Emma Macdonald Australians are used to dealing with fires and floods, but how well prepared are we for the next flu epidemic?

University of Canberra, staff strike pay deal

University of Canberra

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra has pushed through with its plan to tie staff salaries to Commonwealth funding, despite union threats last week it would initiate strike action.

ANU gets $1m gift for languages

A single anonymous donor has given $1 million to shore up language studies at the Australian National Universities.

Emma Macdonald A single anonymous donor has given $1 million to shore up language studies at the Australian National University.

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ANU professor Des Ball who 'saved the world' honoured

ANU professor Des Ball.

Emma Macdonald ANU professor credited with saving the world from nuclear annihilation has been presented with the university's highest honour.

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Staff and students face parking fees

University of Canberra students will pay up to $325 a year for parking.

Emma Macdonald UC students will pay up to $325 a year for parking, while staff will be up for $650 a year under charges to come into effect from next year.

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ANU ploughs on with job cuts as staff accept early retirement

ANU logo

Emma Macdonald University confident it will meet its target of shedding 230 staff by mid-2015.

Campus chill-out time offers yoga, juice and even a canine fix

Puppies at UC.

Emma Macdonald Exams may start at UC next week but the student body seem fairly laid back. Chilled even.

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University of Canberra offer staff nine per cent pay boost over three years


Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra will bypass the National Tertiary Education Union to offer staff a three-year pay deal worth over 9 per cent.

Angelina Jolie story boosts breast cancer testing in ACT


Emma Macdonald There has been a 400 per cent increase this year in the number of Canberra women seeking genetic testing for breast cancer genes.

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Four women, a baby and the perfect wedding day

Sydney bride Kim Lockyer, second from left, with her sister Kristie Hardy, left, and Canberra wedding planner Lisa Cohen, right.

Emma Macdonald Three women in this photo have been dealt a cruel genetic blow - inheriting a predisposition to breast cancer.

Trend of giving to education began in ACT

Billionaire, philanthropist and Canberra boy, Graham Tuckwell.

Emma Macdonald Graham Tuckwell has no doubt that he has started something of a trend in philanthropic donations to universities in Australia.

Forum asked where to put cancer funds


Emma Macdonald Canberrans donate and raise millions of dollars for breast cancer, but do they have any influence on how the money is spent?

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Unsafe sleeping practices blamed for 14 baby deaths in ACT

Emma Macdonald Canberra parents are being urged to stop putting their babies in bed to sleep with them following 14 deaths to unsafe sleeping practices in babies under a year old over the past decade.

Uni study a breeze for college graduates

ANU Bachelor of Commerce student Adam West studying at home in Calwell for the first week of his exams.

Emma Macdonald Adam West found the leap from high school to college a big one, but the move from college to university was a breeze.

Painting the big picture in cancer care

Yanping Zhang has spent 16 years collecting data on breast cancer.

Emma Macdonald Yanping Zhang is not a doctor. But her contribution to breast cancer research in the ACT has potentially helped save lives.

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ANU staff, management agree on pay deal

Vice Chancellor of the ANU Professor Ian Young.

Emma Macdonald ANU staff offered a 12 per cent pay rise over the next four years – a vast improvement on the previous offer, according to the union.

Inspiring a love of learning the greatest gift for parent

Emma Macdonald Peter Finegan is not surprised that Australia is failing to reduce indigenous or socio-economic disadvantage at school.

Education failing poorest students: report

Australia's latest report card on education shows the nation has a long way to go to close the gap in performance between children and young people from disadvantaged indigenous backgrounds.

Emma Macdonald Australia's latest report card on educational achievement is ''depressing reading''.

Women urged to be alert, no matter what their age

Michelle Williams of Fadden recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Emma Macdonald As Canberrans wore pink ribbons and ate pink cupcakes to signify National Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Michelle Williams stayed in her home and fought a private and very ugly battle with the disease.

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One quick call means a load off the chest

News: Breast Screen ACT mammogram technician Melissa Maher, 24 of Queanbeyan. 25th of October 2013, Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Emma Macdonald One of the most commonly cited reasons women detest and defer regular mammograms is that it is painful.