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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

Victoria Kvisle's picture

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.

Funding public hospitals

Professor Brian Owler's picture

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.

 

Time for NDIS critics to show their cards

Craig Wallace's picture

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.

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

Nancy Sadka's picture

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.

Implications of the Internet of Things for the health sector

Michael Gill's picture

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.

Grubs, tattoos and slay the dragon

Susan Hughes's picture

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.

Nurse education, the forgotten discipline

Vivienne Decleva's picture

Nurse education does not have the same level of recognition as other disciplines. Dr Vivienne Decleva wishes the nursing profession would recognise this specialised field more formally.

Empowering people of all abilities

John Walsh AM's picture

The 3rd of December is the International Day of People with Disability. This year's Patron of the day, John Walsh AM, says the NDIS can support greater independence for people of all abilities while returning an economic benefit to Australia.