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What would you do if a friend told you they don’t want to have their baby vaccinated? I, for one, would be tempted to run a mile – or at least change the subject. But that’s definitely not the best course of action. Jessica Kaufman shares a handful of evidence-based communication techniques we can look to when talking to people who are hesitant to vaccinate. We may not be able to singlehandedly solve the problem of under-vaccination, but by listening to their concerns and sharing information, we can do a lot more than we think.

If house prices are falling, you might think that means many more people will be able to afford to buy a house. Unfortunately, the housing and lending market is more complicated than that, Chris Leishman explains, meaning a home of their own remains out of reach for many would-be buyers.

Killing 2 million feral cats nationwide sounds like a straightforward way to help save the native species they prey on. Unfortunately, science says otherwise. Tim Doherty and his colleagues explain that the government’s target is too simplistic, and won’t necessarily deliver benefits where they’re needed most.

Phoebe Roth

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Listening to people’s concerns is important when talking to someone who is hesitant about vaccination. From shutterstock.com

Everyone can be an effective advocate for vaccination: here’s how

Jessica Kaufman, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Margie Danchin, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

You don't have to be an expert to be an effective advocate for vaccination. Here are some tips if you find yourself talking to someone who isn't convinced they should vaccinate their kids.

When prices are falling, fewer home owners will choose to sell if they can afford to stay put. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Why falling house prices do less to improve affordability than you might think

Chris Leishman, University of Adelaide

It's natural to assume that a downturn in the property market is good news for people who've been priced out of the market. In practice, they might still not be able to buy a home.

The government’s target to kill 2 million feral cats sounds impressive, but lacks scientific rigour.

Feral cat cull: why the 2 million target is on scientifically shaky ground

Tim Doherty, Deakin University; Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University; Don Driscoll, Deakin University; Euan Ritchie, Deakin University; Ricky Spencer, Western Sydney University

The plan to kill 2 million feral cats nationwide by 2020 makes for good headlines. But it's also a simplistic goal that won't necessarily deliver conservation benefits to native species.

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