life

travel October 21, 2017

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Amid southern Tasmania’s prison ruins, the silence many find so serene is the same silence that broke dispirited convicts.

science October 21, 2017

Memory systems and ancient knowledge

Studies of how cultures without writing maintained their scientific knowledge in ritual, dance and song have led to a better appreciation of their complex understanding of the world

health October 14, 2017

Birth injuries

The first step to helping new mothers cope with the physical and psychological damage of injuries sustained during childbirth is to acknowledge how commonly they occur.

life October 14, 2017

Russell Brand’s AA reform plan

Is comedian and author Russell Brand’s repackaging of Alcoholics Anonymous for the masses just entertaining his messiah complex? Or is he truly aiming to be a global ‘mentor’?

life October 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma and St Maarten

As yet another hurricane menaces the Caribbean, the author tracks its frightening progress towards St Maarten.

health October 6, 2017

Behavioural Activation for depression

A new study suggests mood-enhancing pursuits such as dancing or walking the dog could be the latest weapon in the war against depression. And such ‘behavioural activation’ is simple and cost-effective.

travel September 30, 2017

Nashville’s AmericanaFest

On a long-awaited trip to Nashville, the author soaks up her fill of country music. But while it more than satisfies, she takes a dimmer view of her fellow fans’ headwear.

health September 23, 2017

Beating peanut allergy

Australian researchers have made a significant breakthrough in the long-lasting treatment of peanut allergy.

life September 23, 2017

Bigsound Music Festival

A ‘sense of duty’ took the author to the Bigsound music festival, but it was the talent of up-and-coming artists that truly ignited his passion.

health September 16, 2017

Comedy for mental health

Can comedy be a tool in mental health care? People providing a platform for expressing personal experiences and a less clinical environment for talking about illness think it can.

gardening September 16, 2017

Cultivating native orchids

Intent on growing native orchids, the author finds the only club that she wants to have her as a member.