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The NDIS hasn’t made much difference to carers’ opportunities for paid work

Myra Hamilton, UNSW The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began a full national rollout in July 2016 with a fundamental objective to give those with a disability choice and control over their daily lives. Participants can use funds to purchase services that reflect their lifestyle and aspirations. Two years on, how is the scheme faring? [...]

8 Ways Parents Can Help Teens Strike a Sleep Balance

A  poll by Sarah Clark and her team at the University of Michigan of 2000 parents has found that 1 in 6 parents are encountering sleep problems in their teens.  Clark and Mary Carskadon, a longtime sleep researcher and professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University share these evidence-based tips for weary teens and their parents [...]

By |2018-10-15T17:30:59+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scouts Australia Apologises to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, but Lawyers Label it ‘Meaningless’

Scouts Australia has apologised to those who suffered sexual abuse during their time in the organisation, but lawyers of survivors say the sentiment does not match actions. "We failed you, and we apologise for the pain that this has caused," Scouts chief commissioner Phil Harrison said. "We apologise for not listening to you when some [...]

‘Social Media Creates Terrorists’ and Other Myths of Australian Jihadists Debunked

A desire to understand how Australians become radicalised has created some popular ideas about the creation of jihadists that are misleading or completely incorrect, a leading expert on terror networks has warned. At the heart of this misunderstanding is the idea that terrorists can be created in a vacuum, just by viewing Islamic State propaganda [...]

By |2018-10-08T11:21:52+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Deceptive are Online Groomers?

The online world can be an exciting place for children. But internet-related sex crimes against children and young people are reported an average of 15 times per day in England and Wales alone. Researchers looking into how online groomers work have found that gaining victims’ trust is a key part of engaging them in sexually [...]

By |2018-09-28T12:59:21+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

5 Myths About Sexual Assault

Barely a week goes by now without another case of rape or historic sex abuse being splashed across the news and picked over by critics. Yet misunderstanding about the nature of sexual violence leads to distorted opinions, which can further enhance victims’ feelings of shame, guilt and self-blame. Common myths about rape and sexual assault [...]

By |2018-09-28T11:46:14+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

First Day of Kindergarten? Chinese School Welcomes Kids with a Pole Dancer

BEIJING — A Chinese kindergarten principal has apologized after allowing a pole dancer to perform on the school's opening day. Yes, you read that right. A Chinese kindergarten thought it was a good idea to have a scantily clad woman writhing around a pole in the school courtyard on Monday. American writer Michael Standaert, who [...]

ADHD May be Caused by Stress in Infancy, Says Parenting Expert Steve Biddulph

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be brought on by experiencing stress in infancy, claims a leading parenting expert. According to psychologist, parent educator and author of the best-selling Raising Boys, Steve Biddulph, new research suggests factors such as “stress at home and parents not meeting children’s needs early in life” could play a role [...]

By |2018-09-17T09:12:42+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘My brain goes insane’: The rise and rise of mental illness among Kiwi teens

In a split second, her body would heat up. Her eyesight would start to go, leaving her with tunnel vision. And, if she wasn't careful, she would start to hyperventilate. As she sat in the classroom of her Taranaki high school, 17-year-old Nuutea Itchner's anxiety would render her mute and she would be unable to [...]

How Group Membership Can Help Combat Depression

Too many people know the suffering of depression firsthand. Approximately one in five experience it at some stage in their life – the figure is even higher in areas afflicted by disaster, trauma or poverty. It would be a lucky person indeed who avoids seeing depression in either themselves or the people they love. So [...]

By |2018-08-20T14:50:02+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments