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July 2020

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

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

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 [...]

Only one-fifth of school students with disability had enough support during the remote learning period

By |2020-07-27T16:22:12+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Disability|

Helen Dickinson, UNSW; Catherine Smith, University of Melbourne, and Sophie Yates, UNSW Only 22% of family members and carers of students with a disability agreed they had received adequate educational support during the pandemic. Many respondents in our new research, and survey, on behalf of Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) reported being [...]

Your coping and resilience strategies might need to shift as the COVID-19 crisis continues

By |2020-07-27T16:10:53+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|

Craig Polizzi, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Steven Jay Lynn, Binghamton University, State University of New York As people in the U.S. mark six months of coronavirus, the challenges of coping with life during a pandemic continue to evolve. Most recently, reopening of parts of society under unsettled conditions and lingering threat [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Students in Melbourne will go back to remote schooling. Here’s what we learnt last time and how to make it better

By |2020-07-27T14:53:45+10:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Education|

Wee Tiong Seah, University of Melbourne; Cath Pearn, University of Melbourne, and Daniela Acquaro, University of Melbourne On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced government school students in prep to Year 10 in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will learn from home for term three. The remote learning period will run from July 20 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]