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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.

Life in the “Lucky Country”

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Australia regularly ranks highly in providing opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life. But do Australians know how lucky they are? Dean Pearson and his team at NAB have asked them.

Time for NDIS critics to show their cards

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There have been comments from the business sector that the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) should be slowed down. President of People with Disability Australia, Craig Wallace, says if the Business Council of Australia really thinks that Australians with disability and families shouldn't get reasonable and necessary support, it should have the courage and integrity to say so.

Remove the fear – 7 ways to step into your spotlight and shine

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Fear can be crippling. It feeds resistance and stops us from challenging the status quo or trying something new. Janine Garner has some tips that could turn this feeling of fear into a tool of business success.

Smartphones app for early detection of autism ASDetect: The inside story

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Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition present in 1-2 % of the population. In an age of growing technology, can we detect early signs for autism for children between the age of 11 and 30 months using a mobile app? And if yes, how accurate is that technology? Dr Nancy Sadka from OTARC at La Trobe University knows more.

The NextStep for young people’s mental health

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Finding mental health help can be overwhelming and confusing for young people. ReachOut NextStep is a new online tool stepping young people through the process of seeking tailored support. Associate Professor Jane Burns, CEO of the Young and Well CRC, explains.

Implications of the Internet of Things for the health sector

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It’s predicted that by 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Michael Gill explains what this means for our health system and health care delivery.

Overcoming disease complacency to improve immunisation rates

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The latest report on child immunisation in Australia has found that in a number of regions rates remain too low to prevent the spread of diseases. Professor of Nursing Linda Shields is calling for greater awareness raising among young parents about the diseases that immunisation prevent.

Grubs, tattoos and slay the dragon

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How can we change public perception of non-visible disabilities and empower sufferers to self-care? Susan Hughes is Director of not-for-profit organisation Dragon Claw, which provides information, support and self-care navigation for over 450,000 Australians.