In this empowering lecture, Professor Tony Attwood discusses defining characteristics of 'Aspies' - people with Asperger's Syndrome - how these change from early childhood to adulthood & vary by gender. Lecture Transcript [00:00:00] Prof Tony Atwood: We're going to focus on Asperger's syndrome. It's a way a trendy term. And we now know that [...]
Dr Andi Horvath and Professor Sarah Wilson The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty and stress for so many university students. So how can universities support and reach out to students? And how do students build up their resilience? Professor Sarah Wilson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Life at the University of Melbourne and an internationally [...]
The Senate has voted to reject critical race theory from the national curriculum. What is it, and why does it matter?
Leticia Anderson, Southern Cross University and Kathomi Gatwiri, Southern Cross University The Australian Senate yesterday voted in support of a motion calling on the federal government to reject critical race theory from the national curriculum. The motion was moved by Senator Pauline Hanson. Critical race theory, or CRT, is an academic theory developed primarily by [...]
Jill Newby, UNSW and Peter Baldwin, Black Dog Institute As Melbourne prepares to begin a second week of lockdown, it’s important to recognise the serious toll this is likely to take on many people’s mental health. Research during earlier COVID lockdowns in Australia found lockdowns were associated with poorer mental health, such as symptoms of [...]
Dr Jenny Chesters Being a parent is never an easy gig, but during the pandemic lockdowns, parenting was made even more difficult. Many parents were cut off from family and friends, unable to make or keep plans, had no one to share the load while trying to work-from-home, keeping toddlers entertained and generally learning to [...]
Jason Beech, Senior Lecturer, Globalisation Leadership and Policy, Faculty of Education Humanity is facing huge challenges. The climate crisis is evident and begs for urgent changes in our modes of social organisation. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge global inequalities, and the interdependence among human communities, other species, and the planet as a shared territory. [...]
Professor Meaghan O'Donnell About five to 10 per cent of Australians suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. The debilitating psychiatric disorder can develop after surviving a traumatic event, like a natural disaster, family violence or sexual assault. People with PTSD may also experience other mental health problems like depression [...]
Matthew Mclaughlin, University of Newcastle; Luke Wolfenden, University of Newcastle; Nicole McCarthy, University of Newcastle, and Nicole Nathan, University of Newcastle Many students across Australia wear traditional school uniforms. These consist of button-up shirts, tailored trousers, pleated skirts or tunics, and black leather shoes. This is despite the fact most students, teachers and parents support [...]
Lindsay Bottoms, University of Hertfordshire Before COVID-19, the popularity of hiking was on a downward slope in both adults and children. But its popularity has spiked during the pandemic, seeing many more people taking to trails than usual. Hiking is not only a great way to get outside in nature, it also has plenty of [...]
Best evidence suggests antidepressants aren’t very effective in kids and teens. What can be done instead?
Sarah Hetrick, University of Auckland; Joanne McKenzie, Monash University; Nick Meader, University of York, and Sally Merry, University of Auckland Even before COVID-19 lockdowns, school closures and strict social distancing, depression was on the rise in children and teenagers around the globe. By the age of 19, around 25% of adolescents are estimated to have [...]