Cat Rodie
is a Sydney-based journalist.

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Life June 01, 2019

Switching off the smartphone

With studies showing too much time on smartphones adversely affects children’s mental and social development, is it time for teens to be forced to disconnect – at least occasionally – from their online lives?

Health December 01, 2018

Ovarian cancer: Survivors Teaching Students

A program sparked by an ovarian cancer survivor is bringing fellow patients into medical schools to help guide professionals in their approach to the deadly but often undiagnosed condition.

News August 11, 2018

Data mapping in the fight against sex trafficking

An Australian data analytics company has partnered with anti-sex-trafficking campaigners to help identify villages in India where girls and young women are most at risk.

Health July 28, 2018

Schools and childhood obesity

Australian governments are to consider recording the height and weight of all primary school children in an effort to reduce rates of obesity, but critics warn such a scheme could prove to be detrimental.

Health July 21, 2018

Stigma and early-onset menstruation

The age at which menstruation begins is getting lower, with girls as young as 10 experiencing their first period. The emotional turmoil that can result from stigmatisation and a lack of education is a mental health issue.

Health June 02, 2018

Opt-out organ donation

While Britain looks set to pass an ‘opt-out’ organ donation law – reversing the principle of volunteering – even some transplant recipients are unconvinced such a system should be adopted in Australia.

Health March 24, 2018

Misunderstanding chronic migraine

Chronic migraine puts stress on families and relationships and costs the economy in lost productivity, but a widespread underestimation of its severity may mean it is being overlooked for research funding.

Education February 10, 2018

Teaching consent

While there is growing support for teaching children about physical intimacy and consent, some educators want it discussed at school, while others think it best left to parents.

Health December 02, 2017

Early detection key for dyslexia

It is hoped a new federal initiative for early detection of dyslexia will deliver a better education for those with learning difficulties, as well as avoid the stigma that can lead to mental health problems.

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