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Fossil fuel divestment: Why Australia’s uni students are turning the other cheek

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Students across Australia are staging bold actions at their universities to demand divestment from fossil fuels. Why do the issues of climate change and fossil fuel investment resonate so strongly with university students? It’s about equality and justice, explains Damian Gill.

Help sick kids on Starlight Day

Starlight Foundation logoStarlight Day on 6 May 2016 is a national fundraising event run by the Starlight Foundation to support seriously ill children and their families.

One BarbeCURE at a time

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Philanthropy is already a way of life for many individuals and businesses in Australia. Victoria Kvisle, whose family has been involved with Cure Cancer for almost fifty years, encourages us all to find a way to serve and care for those around us.

In Australia, one doesn’t have to look far today to find someone doing good—whether it’s Hugh Jackman committed to supporting orphans around the world, or my daughter who takes wheelchair bound people out on excursions once a month. From someone running a marathon for Cantoo or purchasing a legacy badge on their way out of the shopping centre, philanthropy is now a way of life for many Australians.

But philanthropy has also made an entrance into the business world. Charitable causes are no longer dominated by non-profits; now they’re embraced by the white-collar CEO and the tech-savvy twenty-something alike. In this "uber-connected" world of smart phones and social media, businesspeople are realising consumer conscientiousness is at an all-time high and people want to feel good about the products they buy—whether it’s by purchasing a bag of fair-trade coffee or a handmade purse from India.

A new way of thinking about work injuries

Recovery at Work Strategic RoundtableGAP will be hosting a strategic roundtable on 5 May at NSW Parliament House in Sydney to discuss the health benefits of work, early intervention and how to improve the recovery rates for injured employees.

 

A view of the Gippsland Lakes

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Are we failing to protect the natural world? Max Thomas says we need to understand that the value of life and the natural systems is priceless.

Protecting our future

iDEA16 logoiDEA16: Protecting our Future takes place in Brisbane from 15 to 17 April 2016. This is a conference for medical professionals and students and open to everyone who cares about health and the future.

 

Top tips for a more visible you

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Are you over 50 and sometimes feel like you're invisible? Stylist Annalisa Armitage has some easy tips for you to emerge into full view.

Funding public hospitals

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Our health system is facing ongoing challenges and will again be one of the big election issues this year. President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), Professor Brian Owler, says we have reached a crisis point in public hospital funding that puts patients at risk.

Light it up blue for autism

Autism Awareness Day 2016On 2 April 2016 iconic buildings across Australia and around the world turn their lights blue for the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day. You can use #LIUB to share your experience on social media.

 

What's the right use of desalinated water?

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Stephen Gray, Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation at Victoria University, recently wrote that Melbourne's desalination plant would play a vital role in providing water in a drying climate. Max Thomas says we should be careful to not promote a wasteful consumption of desalinated water and instead encourage a sustainable water use culture.