Leveraging the digital era for fitter, healthier, happier children

PhD Candidate Diana Zhu, Senior Lecturer Zoe Davidson and Associate Professor Simone Gibson, Monash University Overweight and obesity is the second-largest contributor to Australia’s disease burden and health costs, including significantly driving Australia’s high-cost diseases (for example, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers). It’s estimated to cost the Australian economy $11.8 billion, and if obesity rates continue to [...]

By |2022-06-07T13:47:48+10:00June 6th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Obesity, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

How can Australia support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers?

Ren Perkins, The University of Queensland and Marnee Shay, The University of Queensland A major federal government review into how we train our teachers has just been released. This is part of the government’s push to improve Australia’s standing in the international education rankings. The first two recommendations focus on the important role of Indigenous [...]

By |2022-04-04T17:20:45+10:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Using music for emotional work with children

Join Andrew Fuller as he chats with guest Prof Katrina Skewes McFerran on the importance of music therapy for the wellbeing of children. Social and emotional benefits of music and how it can help children with their personal expression How educators can use music as a form of play to engage children and address [...]

By |2022-05-09T14:47:48+10:00March 7th, 2022|Categories: Education, Learning, Podcast, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Could It Be Aspergers?

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 [...]

By |2021-10-11T18:16:20+11:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Uncategorized, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Getting Involved

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 [...]

By |2021-08-06T13:17:15+10:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2021-06-28T15:20:16+10:00June 28th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lockdowns don’t get easier the more we have them. Melbourne, here are 6 tips to help you cope

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 [...]

By |2021-06-15T15:48:32+10:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parenting during lockdown

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 [...]

By |2021-06-15T15:48:52+10:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Promoting an education for global citizenship and sustainability

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. [...]

By |2021-06-15T15:48:43+10:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New hope for treating PTSD

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 [...]

By |2021-06-15T15:49:03+10:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments