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Is medical tourism all that it appears?  

Visions takes a closer look at the trend of people seeking experimental treatments overseas that are currently not approved in Australia. Some of these include patients paying for stem cell treatments for diseases as varied as cancers, MS and Parkinsons. 

Such experimental treatment can be risky with little reward, according to University of Melbourne Professor Trevor Kilpatrick, the Director of the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute and the Centre for Neuroscience Research.

3 min 45 sec
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Visions takes a closer look at the fourth iteration of the Basil Sellers Arts Prize, one of Australia's richest prizes.

3 min 34 sec
Visions reports on how the new Victorian College of the Arts musical theatre project A Little Touch of Chaos  came to be, after nearly two years of development. 
3 min 10 sec
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This episode explores the changing way Australian women’s magazines portray lesbian issues.

New research argues lesbianism is now more common in these magazines, but lesbian sexuality is often trivialised and portrayed as a type of self-objectification designed to garner male attention. 

 

2 min 36 sec

Australian workplaces and households have changed dramatically over the past decade. 

This episode of VISIONS looks at the latest data from Australia's largest nationally representative survey, HILDA. 

Since 2001 economists from the Melbourne Institute have collected data from the same group of several thousands Australians to develop a 'moving picture' of how their lives are changing. 

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3 min 56 sec

A new robotic dairy that uses lasers to detect cow teats, allowing the animals to 'self milk', has been opened in northern Victoria.

It's the centrepiece of the University of Melbourne's revamped Dookie campus, located near Shepparton.

The dairy is teaching agricultural students about futuristic methods of milk and food production, and facilitating research into emerging animal welfare issues. 

3 min 57 sec

Charging up an electric car can put as much strain on the energy grid as a small family home. 

So how can we embrace this new technology while keeping an eye on sustainability? 

VISIONS looks at cutting edge research into the design of electric vehicles and their likely impact on the electricity grid.

3 min 40 sec

Savvy bosses shouldn't prohibit their staff from using work computers for personal web surfing, according to a University of Melbourne study. 

In this 'Vintage Visions' episode — first aired in 2009 — Dr Brent Coker explains how surfing the net at work for pleasure actually increases a worker's concentration levels and helps them be more productive. 

2 min 58 sec
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Visions this week takes to the high seas with researchers from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, who work with disabled patients and teach them how to sail. 

Professor Norman Saunders and PhD Candidate Maree Ellul are helping disabled people to sail, working with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and Docklands Sailing Club.  

3 min 44 sec
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Visions takes a closer look at a unique cultural partnership between the University Library, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the State Library of Victoria which showcases the two libraries' collections of works by 18th Century Printmaker and Architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. 

The collections are the largest of their kind in Australia, and the resulting exhibitions, "Rome: Piranesi's Vision" at the State Library of Victoria and "The Piranesi Effect" at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, explore Piranesi's work and its impact on artists, writers and architects in his time and in ours. 

 

3 min 54 sec

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