5 big mental health benefits of a belly laugh

Laughing is fun, and it turns out that it’s also great for mental health, according to LYSN psychologist Noosha Anzab. As Anzab recently told BHG, laughter has a similar effect on the mind as exercise, and can reduce feelings of mental depletion, can change a person’s mood, strengthen the immune system, and even act as [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:00:05+10:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dads and daughters in the spotlight

Journalist and author Madonna King has taken deep dive into the relationship between dads and their daughters in a new book called Fathers and Daughters. In researching her book, King spoke to 400 fathers and 1300 girls, as well as a number of experts, to take a closer look at the complicated relationship that becomes [...]

By |2019-05-06T23:54:31+10:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portrait of an anxiety trailblazer

Australian anxiety expert and Generation Next collaborator Prof Jennie Hudson has been captured on canvas by 2019 Archibald Prize entrant Joe Lander. Professor Hudson is the Director of the Centre for Emotional Health, a Professor at the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University, and a previous Generation Next educational seminar presenter – and it was [...]

By |2019-05-07T00:38:38+10:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Psychedelics to treat mental illness? Australian researchers are giving it a go

An estimated one in ten Australians were taking antidepressants in 2015. That’s double the number using them in 2000, and the second-highest rate of antidepressant use among all OECD countries. Yet some studies have found antidepressants might be no more effective than placebo. Not only does this mean many Australians aren’t experiencing relief from their [...]

By |2019-04-29T17:51:58+10:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Autism expert announced for upcoming Generation Next not-for-profit educational seminar

Dr Emma Goodall Some of the thinking styles and ways of experiencing the world that typify autistic people can create barriers to learning in traditional ways. The interplay between strengths, interests and effective learning for autistic students will be explored in an upcoming Generation Next seminar by autism consultant, teacher, blogger and published [...]

By |2019-05-06T23:29:46+10:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Learning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why boys wrestle, play fight and fidget

Dr Michael Nagel breaks down the biochemical reasons why young boys in particular are almost constantly moving and exhibit frequent playful aggression. He relates how both testosterone and serotonin impact on the brain chemistry of boys in more pronounced ways than for girls, making them much more prone to restlessness, fidgeting and inattentiveness regardless of [...]

By |2019-04-18T17:29:40+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How working parents can manage school holidays

This article by Liz Marchant covers some practical considerations of planning for school holidays, but goes more in-depth on negotiating with employers around flexible working arrangements and other options which allow parents to be present for more or all of their children's time off. Excellent practical advice on an issue that's increasingly become the norm [...]

By |2019-05-20T11:21:39+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Green space and the power of nature play for shaping the developing brain

Every parent wants their child to grow into a strong, successful human being, but how is this best achieved? The kind of play experiences that help cultivate the development of successful traits are found via a genuinely challenging environment, where kids can test their abilities in self-assessment, problem-solving, risk-taking, and adaptation in response to difficulties [...]

By |2019-04-29T14:24:29+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Integrated Cultures ACT Mahatma Gandhi Essay Competition

Integrated Cultures ACT is proud to announce an “Essay writing competition” to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the eminent political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as “Gandhi”. He pioneered and practiced the principle of Satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass nonviolent civil disobedience. He has inspired the civil [...]

By |2019-04-15T17:19:59+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Parents to lose valuable tools for choosing healthy viewing and playing

Australia's National Classification Scheme (NCS) provides classifications (like G, PG , M) as consumer information about the content in apps and games. It’s intended to help parents choose media for their children, and protect them from harm. But do parents think it does a good job? The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) [...]

By |2019-05-20T11:21:39+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments