Lessons from lockdown one: Remote learning and the pressures facing working parents

As many Victorians go into a second period of lockdown with a return to remote learning for students from prep to Year 10, working parents are bracing for another period where conflicting paid-work and care-work demands must somehow be managed. Isolation and the damaging impacts of COVID-19 affect everyone, and are widening social inequalities. And [...]

By |2020-07-27T16:35:48+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Learning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

With kids spending more waking hours on screens than ever, here’s what parents need to worry about

James M. Lang, Assumption College Millions of working parents have spent months largely trapped in their homes with their children. Many are trying to get their jobs done remotely in the constant presence of their kids, and they are desperate for some peace and quiet. Many mothers and fathers have sought any available remedy that [...]

By |2020-07-27T15:42:54+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Green prescriptions: should your doctor send you for a walk in the park?

Anna Jorgensen, University of Sheffield and Jake M. Robinson, University of Sheffield Has your doctor recommended you go for regular jogs in the park, countryside walks, community food growing sessions, or some other nature-based activity? These so-called “green prescriptions” are typically given alongside conventional therapies and have existed in various forms for a number of [...]

By |2020-07-27T15:36:00+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lonely in lockdown? You’re not alone. 1 in 2 Australians feel more lonely since coronavirus

Michelle H Lim, Swinburne University of Technology Many Victorians are now well into their second round of stage 3 lockdown, under which there are only a handful of reasons one can leave home — and for many who live alone, it’s starting to grate. Under the rules, partnered people are allowed to visit a boyfriend [...]

By |2020-07-27T15:26:51+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Resilience, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The long-term biological effects of COVID-19 stress on kids’ future health and development

Stressors put on children and adolescents as a result of the pandemic response may have long-lasting effects on their health and well-being. Michael S. Kobor, University of British Columbia; Candice Odgers, University of California, Irvine; Kim Schmidt, University of British Columbia, and Ruanne Vent-Schmidt, University of British Columbia One fortunate aspect of COVID-19 is that [...]

By |2020-07-27T15:03:45+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

It really is different for young people: it’s harder to climb the jobs ladder

Catherine de Fontenay, University of Melbourne Our memories of the job market prior to COVID have become rosier: the last decade was a period of fairly low unemployment, even if wage growth was less than stellar. But that perspective may not be shared by people under 35. For that age group, the past decade has [...]

By |2020-07-27T17:51:36+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Job readiness, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Drive-in music festivals allow you to social distance. But what happens when you add drugs and alcohol?

Nicole Lee, Curtin University and Monica Barratt, RMIT University The cancellation of events due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Australia’s music industry hard, with reports of losses up to A$200 million. But music festivals have quickly adapted. First, they moved to live streaming. Now drive-in music festivals are popping up across the globe. In [...]

By |2020-07-27T12:25:55+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why children and teens with symptoms should get a COVID-19 test, even if you think it’s ‘just a cough’

Christopher Blyth, University of Western Australia A Victorian teenager holidaying on the NSW South Coast has been diagnosed with COVID-19, NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said on Wednesday. The revelation follows reports senior students at Al-Taqwa College in Melbourne are now considered the main source of Victoria’s second-biggest COVID-19 cluster. These cases serve as [...]

By |2020-07-14T13:36:09+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thinking about working from home long-term? 3 ways it could be good or bad for your health

Carol T Kulik, University of South Australia and Ruchi Sinha, University of South Australia The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to work from home, often in less than ideal circumstances. Many employees had little choice in the decision, limited time to prepare, patchy technology skills, and inadequate home workspaces. Some managers neglected remote [...]

By |2020-07-14T13:36:21+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Melbourne’s second lockdown will take a toll on mental health. We need to look out for the vulnerable

Louise Stone, Australian National University Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are beginning another six weeks of lockdown due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. While this second round of lockdown may bring the case numbers under control, its effects on Victorians’ mental health could be significant. Australians are already experiencing mental health fallout from COVID-19. [...]

By |2020-07-14T13:37:49+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments