life

fashion June 19, 2021

Keeping up with David Jones

Australia’s biggest retailer has committed to supporting local fashion designers, as part of a reboot prompted by the global pandemic. But at the retail level, their actions are not matching their ideals.

life June 12, 2021

Career pivots

The pandemic is causing people at every stage of their career to evaluate past choices. For some this means a radical and difficult change, for others it’s a new adventure.

travel June 5, 2021

Ben Boyd National Park

In an area only recently devastated by the Black Summer bushfires, forests are regenerating and welcoming visitors back to explore a region rich in Indigenous history.

health May 29, 2021

Medical uncertainty

The act of being made aware and acknowledging that medicine is not an exact science is as important for trainee physicians as it is for worried patients.

travel May 22, 2021

Tasmania’s steam trains

Although Tasmania’s last passenger train service ceased operations more than four decades ago, rail enthusiasts still have ample opportunities to enjoy living history.

health May 15, 2021

The burden of health anxiety

Health anxiety – or hypochondria, as it was once known – has become even more prevalent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

life May 8, 2021

Spain begins to open up

With Spain about to end its official ‘state of alarm’ over Covid-19, an Australian resident of Valencia reflects on a year of the pandemic.

health May 1, 2021

Supporting international students

When we think of international students in monetary terms, we are ignoring their very human needs and challenges. Australia’s Covid-19 recovery will require these foreign visitors, but we need to rebuild trust and care.

life April 24, 2021

The cultural ties that blind

For the author’s Greek grandparents, happiness revolves around food, family and togetherness in Australia. So why is connecting to her heritage so challenging?

life April 17, 2021

Wearing out our caring

While Sandra Symons tends to her ailing mother, she must walk the line familiar to all carers – between selflessness and self-preservation, dedication and martyrdom.

gardening April 10, 2021

Gourd almighty

After a disappointing summer growing season, some pumpkins that randomly self-seeded from the compost in the front yard become the only harvest success.