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The ‘right’ age to start school varies for each child

The right age for your child to start school will vary, depending on their readiness, your family situation and the readiness of the school for the child. Howard County Library System/flickr It’s that time of year again, when the noticeboard outside your local primary school is likely to read “Enrol your child for kindergarten/prep now”. But how do you know what...

Listen To Older Voices : Pat Smith – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

Eurydice Dixon was murdered in a busy Melbourne park - how can we make these spaces safer for women? DAVID CROSLING/AAP Image The rape and murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in an inner-city Melbourne park – while deeply shocking – is part of an avalanche of gendered violence perpetrated against women in cities every day. Nothing can protect women from the random...

Life in a herd – and why in health watching symptoms is easy, but finding causes is hard

This piece from two science communication experts explores the notion of population health – what is it, and why does it even matter? Everyone knows we should exercise more, drink less, and stop scoffing junk food. Even committed smokers know that smoking is bad for them – but change isn’t easy. The things that determine our health are complex and interwoven,...

Why breakups are so hard and how to cope with them

Most people will experience feelings of deep loss and distress after a long-term relationship breakup. from www.shutterstock.com Despite populist writings that love lasts forever, the divorce statistics across various countries tell us that anywhere between one in 25 to two in three marriages end. If these statistics were to take into account the number of nonmarital long-term relationships that end, then...

How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership – Part 1

“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.” – Karin Winegar An amazing 95% of us see our dogs like family, and it’s not hard to see why that is the case. For thousands of years, we have lived side by side with them, and they...

Apple acknowledges the iKid generation at its developer conference with new parental controls

 Apple chief executive Tim Cook addresses developers at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 in San Jose, California on June 4. Apple Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off this week. While new iPhones were nowhere to be found – Apple CEO Tim Cook started the event by letting us know it was “all about software” – the company did preview some interesting changes...

Trolls, fanboys and lurkers: understanding online commenting culture shows us how to improve it

The way user interfaces are designed can impact the kind of community that gathers. Shutterstock Do you call that a haircut? I hope you didn’t pay for it. Oh please this is rubbish, you’re a disgrace to yourself and your profession. These are just two examples of comments that have followed articles I have written in my career. While they may seem...

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 welcomes Antony Pitts, from The Song Company

In the lead up to our 9th annual Melbourne International Singers Festival, we unfortunately have to advise that due to ill health, Richard Gill AO has to withdraw. Richard very much regrets not being able to proceed and wishes all participants a rewarding and enjoyable Festival. Of course, we all wish Richard a speedy recovery and we are hoping...

Food sharing with a 21st-century twist – and Melbourne’s a world leader

People have always shared food, but digital communications technology is driving a renaissance of food-sharing networks. Josephine Lim/CrowdSpark/AAP Food sharing is experiencing a renaissance in cities around the world. By food sharing, we mean the collaborative growing, cooking, eating and distributing of food as well as sharing food-related skills, spaces and tools. This is nothing new, of course, but new socio-technologies...

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