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July 2020

Feeling hopeless? There are things you can do to create and maintain hope in a post-coronavirus world

By |2020-07-14T13:37:09+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|

Patrick O'Leary, Griffith University; Amy Young, Griffith University; Jennifer Boddy, Griffith University, and Jianqiang Liang, Griffith University Today is a far cry from what we hoped for and expected from 2020. After Australia’s disastrous summer of bushfires, the unprecedented upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen serious social and economic effects for us individually and [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Autistic doctors – we’re not exactly as portrayed on TV

By |2020-07-14T13:36:44+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: ASD|

Nina Louise Purvis, King's College London When I open up about my referral for an autism spectrum disorder assessment, I draw on examples from the only popular reference I have for an autistic doctor – what’s portrayed on TV. You have probably seen these medical dramas – The Good Doctor, House, Grey’s Anatomy. There are [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Being a teacher during COVID-19

By |2020-07-14T13:35:24+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Education|

Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah, Catherine Pearn, Dr Daniela Acquaro and Dr Natasha ZiebellCOVID-19 thrust our school communities into a rapid transition to remote learning which affected almost every facet of school-based education. Understanding the effect on our school students and teachers is crucial as we begin to reconfigure our ideas of what education may [...]

Health Check: how to soothe yourself to sleep

By |2020-07-14T13:37:33+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Sleep|

Joanna Waloszek, University of Melbourne Getting a good night of sleep can seem like the most effortless and natural thing in the world, but when we can’t fall asleep it can quickly feel elusive and frustrating. There are a few techniques we can use to help us fall asleep, and some things we should always [...]

Why governments must recognise the importance of an arts-based education

By |2020-07-14T13:49:52+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Education|

Australia is considered one of the most multicultural countries in the world. However, as globalisation becomes the norm, and we begin to welcome people from countries with vastly different backgrounds, experiences, ideologies, values and belief systems, how can we harness the power of education to develop intercultural competence and enhance social inclusion? Education is a [...]

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

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

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. [...]

Say what now? Speaking young adults’ language when it comes to health

By |2020-07-14T13:52:48+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|

A team of nutrition experts is deep into extended research on links between the health of Australia’s young adults, social media messaging, and the art of marketing – or how to communicate a difficult subject effectively. The aim of the research, by Monash’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, is to figure out how best [...]

Is cancel culture silencing open debate? There are risks to shutting down opinions we disagree with

By |2020-07-14T13:59:32+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|

Hugh Breakey, Griffith University Feature image: Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Earlier this week, 150 high-profile authors, commentators and scholars signed an open letter in Harper’s magazine claiming that “open debate and toleration of differences” are under attack. Signatories included JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem and Noam Chomsky. While prefacing their comments with support [...]