• Bound Together: Research shows children with Autism are attached to their parents

    Nancy Sadka Josephine Barbaro     |      April 24, 2013

    A common view of autistic children is that they are unable to form emotional attachment. Nancy Sadka from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre shows that they indeed do exhibit a secure attachment towards their caregiver.

  • Population ageing beyond the balance sheet

    Rafal Chomik     |      April 16, 2013

    As the population ages, Rafal Chomik, Senior Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), lays out the research about how Australians might use their additional healthy years after retirement.

  • Redefining old age: Baby Boomers re-write the history books

    Garry Jennings     |      April 4, 2013

    As Australia’s Baby Boomers get older, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Director, Garry Jennings, examines how a new-found sense of longevity is redefining the ageing process.

  • A new age for Australia’s workforce

    Neil Batt     |      April 3, 2013

    Australian Centre for Health Research Executive Director, the Hon. Neil Batt, discusses the history of Australia’s pension scheme and questions whether a standard retirement age is still relevant in the 21st century.

  • Purple Day – educating the world about epilepsy

    Carol Ireland     |      March 26, 2013

    On Purple Day, Epilepsy Action Australia CEO, Carol Ireland, explains why we need to raise awareness about epilepsy and breakdown lingering misconceptions.

  • Australian Curriculum online consultation

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2013

    The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is conducting an online consultation on draft national curricula, from Foundation to Year 10, concerning health and physical education, Chinese and Italian language education, design and technologies, and digital technologies.

  • April Falls Day

    Open Forum     |      March 2, 2013

    April Falls Day, Wednesday 3 April, was initiated to promote falls prevention best practice in hospitals, communities and residential aged care.

  • How policy makers fail students living with disabilty

    Theresa Duncombe     |      March 1, 2013

    Assessing recent education reforms throughout the country, disability advocate, Theresa Duncombe, shares her experience as a mother of a child living with intellectual disability and the constant struggle in campaigning for equal education opportunities.

  • Brain health is important too!

    Glenn Rees     |      July 6, 2009

    How’s your health? Have you thought about it lately? Remember to mind your mind.

    You’ve probably thought about what you can do to stay physically healthy.  But what about your brain health?  Have you given it much thought? 

    If you haven’t, then now is the time to start. Even though you may feel perfectly healthy now, the changes that lead to dementia could already be occurring in your brain. 

    Australia’s population is ageing, and with it the prevalence of dementia is increasing. Dementia is a general term for more than 100 conditions causing progressive deterioration in thinking, memory and everyday abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

  • Talk Openly: Indigenous e-Health Forum with special guest blogger, The Hon. Tony Abbott

    editor     |      November 24, 2008

    The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Federal Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, was our guest blogger in a forum on the potential benefits of e-Health practices for Australia’s remote Indigenous communities.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Question & Answer with Tony Abbott

    olgabodrova     |      March 3, 2008

    In an effort to facilitate a higher level of consultation between our community and decision makers, we are planning a number of "Question & Answer" sessions with Australia's key thought leaders. Our first guest is The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, former Federal Minister for Health and Ageing. Here are his thoughts on the national health care reform, hospital crisis, electronic health records, community consultation, and more.

  • TALK OPENLY: The Hon. Tony Abbott, Minister for Health and Ageing, Answers Your Questions

    editor     |      May 30, 2007

    In an effort to facilitate a higher level of consultation between our community and key decision makers, Open Forum has invited a number of thought leaders to facilitate an Open Forum discussion. Our first “Talk Openly” session will be facilitated by The Hon Tony Abbott, Minister for Health and Ageing. Details of the session will be posted in our Events section.