life

travel January 23, 2021

The Brewarrina Aboriginal fish traps

An engineering marvel and a site of astonishing antiquity, the Aboriginal fish traps at Brewarrina bear witness to the survival of an ancient culture.

life December 19, 2020

The Horne Prize: There and here

The winner of the Horne Prize 2020 is this poignant essay about homesickness amid the travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

gardening December 19, 2020

Summer in the garden

As the heat of summer starts to bite, the focus of every keen gardener turns to irrigation.

travel December 12, 2020

Seeking a safe harbour

In a year of turmoil both global and personal, carefree life on a meandering river proves the perfect balm.

travel December 5, 2020

Surviving a bypass

What happens when a regional town finds itself engineered off holidaymakers’ road maps? Instead of viewing it as a death sentence, many are revelling in the chance to reinvent themselves.

health August 29, 2020

Uni students’ mental health

With university students suffering academic pressures, career insecurity, mounting debt and social isolation, what is being done to protect their mental health?

health August 15, 2020

Chronic pain and Covid-19

For sufferers of chronic pain the uncertainty and stress surrounding the Covid-19 crisis is exacerbating their anxiety and contributing to their torment.

wine August 8, 2020

Top picks

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants recommends her current favourite drops.

travel July 25, 2020

Scents and sensibilities

After realising the perfume industry was dominated by just six major players, Saskia Wilson-Brown set about creating a non-profit enterprise that would empower everyday people with the ability to learn and create. Welcome to LA’s Institute for Art and Olfaction.

health July 11, 2020

Diagnosing cancer

Screening can lead to early detection of cancers and save lives, but sometimes innocuous abnormalities are picked up. The potential for harm in treating these ‘indolent’ cancers needs to be balanced against the benefits of diagnosis.

health June 27, 2020

Prescribing antidepressants

GPs are today better educated about mental health management but many Australians are being put on antidepressants and don’t know how to get off them.