• Animal Worship: Horse Reverence in Australia

    Binoy Kampmark     |      April 29, 2013

    Is the collective outpouring of emotions after the retirement of the record-breaking racehorse Black Caviar out of proportion? It certainly isn't new, says Binoy Kampmark from RMIT University.

  • Anzac Biscuits

    Open Forum     |      April 24, 2013

    As we take time to remember those who served their country this Anzac Day we look at the origins of the much loved Soldiers’ Biscuits.

  • 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.

  • Productive Ageing with a focus on social connections

    Ben Spies-Butcher     |      April 23, 2013

    There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of productive ageing. But Ben Spies-Butcher cautions us to consider carefully why we want to promote paid work for our ageing population.

  • Black Caviar – one of our best sportswomen? I don’t think so…

    Kate Galloway     |      April 22, 2013

    After fans have given a fond and very public farewell to Black Caviar, the Australian record-braking mare that went undefeated in 25 races, Kate Galloway wishes we would give regular women's sport the same media coverage.

  • Where New Zealand has led Australia will follow

    Rodney Croome     |      April 19, 2013

    After the New Zealand parliament has passed legislation to make same-sex marriage legal, Rodney Croome, national director of Australian Marriage Equality, argues why Australia should follow suit.

  • 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.

  • Productive ageing – please explain!

    Veronica Sheen     |      April 15, 2013

    While everybody talks about 'Productive Ageing' in glowing terms, Dr Veronica Sheen, social researcher at Monash University, wonders if we are not setting ourselves up for another form of social exclusion.

  • The University of Life experience

    Senator Eric Abetz     |      April 12, 2013

    As our life expectancy grows and the positive mental and psychological aspects of being employed are obvious, Senator Eric Abetz explains why we should tap into the talent of our ageing population with a more flexible retirement age.

  • Workplace Bullying and Eating Disorders: anything in common?

    Leanne Faraday-Brash     |      April 9, 2013

    With office bullying constantly under the microscope, organisational psychologist Leanne Faraday-Brash says it's time to eradicate the culprits and create a culture of zero tolerance.

  • Is early retirement history?

    Philip Taylor     |      April 9, 2013

    As a new consensus around the notion of ‘active ageing’ is emerging internationally, Professor Philip Taylor from Monash University argues that Australia needs to widen the concept of ‘productive ageing’ for a complete strategy for our ageing society.

  • Pensioners need more support

    Derek McMillan     |      April 8, 2013

    As moving into age-appropriate accommodation becomes a reality for a growing number of Australians, Australian Unity Retirement Living CEO, Derek McMillan, explains why pensioners need further financial support.