• Navigating relationships in uncertain times

    Amy Vu     |      September 9, 2020

    The latest research by The Medical Journal of Australia found that significant feelings of depression or anxiety were being experienced by 25% of people after just the first month of COVID-19 restrictions.

  • The long dark teatime of the soul

    Open Forum     |      September 4, 2020

    Several new terms have been coined for the listlessness induced by COVID lockdowns, but an ancient word might be the best.

  • Drinking gin when expecting water

    Jamie-Lee Dwyer     |      August 16, 2020

    The social measures to contain COVID-19 have restricted our ability to socialise in traditional ways, but have also forced us to revalue our relations with ourselves and other people.

  • Face to face with reality

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      August 14, 2020

    Face pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces in everyday objects – uses the same brain processes that we use to recognise and interpret other ‘real’ human faces.

  • Turning back the clock

    Zachariah Wylde     |      August 13, 2020

    As modern medicine improves, so too does our ability to stave off disease. But can we overcome the most inescapable of afflictions – old age? Researchers around the world are trying to find out.

  • Is COVID changing our personalities?

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2020

    Our personalities have been known to change during unusually distressing times, such as a global pandemic locking us all away in our homes, but researchers from the US say that so far the COVID-19 pandemic has had very little effect on the “Big Five” personality traits.

  • How work can affect your health and wellbeing

    Amy Vu     |      July 29, 2020

    74% of us worry that our work isn’t paying enough to keep up with the cost of living and 60% are concerned about the impact of work on our life and wellbeing.

  • Our changing identities under COVID-19

    Terry Bowles     |      July 25, 2020

    The fallout from the pandemic is a challenge to many people’s identity, but some of us have fewer resources to cope when our worlds are turned upside down.

  • Two leaders with the right stuff

    Ian Munro     |      July 14, 2020

    Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp, the winners of the 2019 McKinnon Political Prize for Political Leadership, have successfully mixed strength with empathy in recent years.

  • Cutting food waste – through social media

    Open Forum     |      July 14, 2020

    Australians who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 are doing it tough. The bills keep coming in and the family still needs to be fed. Yet the average Australian family continues to waste around $3,000 per year on food that isn’t being eaten.

  • Social support and mental wellbeing in retirement

    Life Course Centre     |      July 8, 2020

    While retirement is a significant life event, there has been little research on whether and how social support may evolve around retirement.

  • Embracing the new normal

    Terry Bowles     |      May 27, 2020

    COVID-19 restrictions have gone on long enough to establish new habits. So what do we want to keep doing and stop doing, both individually and as a community?