health   February 24, 2024

Victoria’s mental health system is dangerous

Victoria’s mental health royal commission has done little to fix a deeply flawed system. As someone who has been traumatised by the available care, the author says the first step towards repair is to value the insights of those with firsthand experience.

health   November 5, 2022

Abortion and reproductive rights in Australia

Access to abortion remains difficult in Australia, and the persistent stigma around this and other crucial reproductive health services puts patients at risk.

health   September 3, 2022

Helping queer kids reach their potential

Much has changed to improve the lives of  queer young people, but many still suffer discrimination that can become life-threatening without stronger support from educators and health professionals.

health   August 20, 2022

Navigating menopause at work

For many women, the flushes and drenchings of menopause can make middle age a misery and professional life more precarious. Now, finally, workplaces are catching up.

health   July 2, 2022

The right to safety in aged care

More than 40 people a week are sexually assaulted in residential aged care. These dementia advocates are trying to change those numbers.

health   June 25, 2022

The long road to real mental health

While Covid-19 lockdowns shone fresh light on mental health, deficiencies in psychiatric and psychological care have been critical for many years.

health   May 7, 2022

The woman who would not give up

A years-long battle to have the psychological trauma caused by domestic violence correctly diagnosed and treated has finally resulted in Australia’s first specialised women-only mental health facility.

health   November 27, 2021

Kindness can be contagious too

In the midst of a lonely pandemic, there is evidence that kindness is contagious – only it can’t be neatly plotted on graphs or reduced to its reproduction number.

health   November 6, 2021

How to talk to the vaccine hesitant

As the pandemic enters a new phase, a friend shows how patience and compassion can unpick vaccine hesitancy.

health   October 23, 2021

How accurate are rapid antigen tests for Covid-19?

As millions of Australians exit lockdown, they will soon be able to test themselves for Covid-19 at home with rapid antigen tests. There are benefits to the tests, but concerns remain over accuracy.

health   October 16, 2021

Why tinnitus is on the rise

The pandemic has seen an increase in people reporting tinnitus. Although the cause is not known, it could be related to the stress and anxiety of Covid-19.