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Pill testing trial backed by independent review

A pill testing trial run earlier this year at Groovin the Moo Canberra has now been endorsed by an independent review conducted by researchers from Australian National University. The critical finding of the report is that in all seven instances of dangerous drugs being detected, the owners threw away the drug. The researchers also found [...]

By |2019-12-16T18:18:31+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Having problems with your kid’s tantrums, bed-wetting or withdrawal? Here’s when to get help

Remember anxiously waiting for your child to take their first steps or speak their first words? It’s exhilarating when they reach a new stage in their development. Every child grows and develops differently. Some will change at a steady pace and amaze us each day with a new skill or word, whereas others appear slow [...]

By |2019-12-12T17:03:11+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Expect family talks about climate change this Christmas? Take tips from Greta Thunberg

As bushfires rage and our cities lie shrouded in smoke, climate change is shaping as a likely topic of conversation at the family dinner table this Christmas. Such discussions can be fraught if family members hold differing views. You may not all agree on the urgency of dealing with climate change – or indeed whether [...]

By |2019-12-12T16:36:00+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

So your kid’s finished their first year of school. Here’s what they should have learnt

It’s the end of the first year of school for many children and proud parents. Some children may be reading quicker than their classmates, others slower; some can add double digits, others only single. What’s normal? Not all babies talk, walk and are toilet-trained by the same age and it’s the same thing as the [...]

By |2019-12-12T16:23:44+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chew and spit: high rate of eating disorder warning sign among school kids

New Australian research into body image and eating disorders in adolescents has found an alarming rise in the prevalence of chewing and spitting out food. More than one in ten of the cohort of over 5,000 11- to 19-year-olds reported having spat out food at least once per week, with 2.5% having done so four [...]

The impact of trauma to children’s learning experiences

Regardless of whether you teach in remote, rural, regional, or metropolitan schools, you can expect to come across a child in your classroom who has experienced trauma. Understanding the impact of trauma on learning capability may assist you to create trauma-sensitive learning environments. What is trauma? Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are stressful or traumatic events, [...]

Before you let your child quit music lessons, try these 5 things

The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows children are mostly likely to start studying music between the ages of nine and 11. Researchers in a 2009 UK study suggested the dramatic drop in music tuition after age 11 was linked to children starting high school. The study also revealed the main reasons for children ending music [...]

Parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about MDMA

We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear isn’t an effective way to do this. This week, Newscorp Australia released The Ripple Effect, a series of articles and accompanying videos about party drugs, aimed at parents of young people. Rather than drawing [...]

By |2019-12-02T09:40:54+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Andrew Fuller: 10 reasons why your teen shouldn’t drink

It's difficult to not drink in Australia, and if anything, it's even harder for teens. Adolescence is a time of desperately wanting to fit in and be accepted, and many teens see drinking as one of the easiest ways to achieve this. On the other hand, parents (and other adults responsible for teens) are generally [...]

By |2019-11-25T16:27:03+11:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Bushfires can make kids scared and anxious: here are 5 steps to help them cope

More than 600 schools have been closed, and some damaged, in recent days as bushfires rage across Queensland and New South Wales. Some students have been urgently evacuated while in school. People have lost homes and animals and are experiencing significant distress. Research shows somewhere between 7% and 45% of children suffer depression after experiencing [...]

By |2019-11-25T12:50:45+11:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments