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Saturday, August 24, 2019

What causes chronic fatigue? What we know, don’t know and suspect

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The term chronic fatigue underemphasises the full scope of symptoms sufferers face. vladislav muslakov unsplash Around 200,000 people in Australia suffer from a debilitating illness often branded with the unfortunate name of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I say “unfortunate” because this implies patients are simply tired, run-down, burnt-out or overly stressed. But myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS as it is now more commonly called,...

Sunday essay: images of mourning and the power of acknowledging grief

These images of Cherine Fahd’s grandfather’s funeral were tucked away in a brown paper envelope for decades. As a society, we too often keep grief hidden from view. Author provided Before her death in 2010 my paternal grandmother gave me a box of family photographs. It contained mostly black and white images taken between 1950 and 1975. As a child I...

2016 Melbourne Festival Free and Family Events

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From a pyrotechnic and percussion led CBD street takeover, to kids learning the art of a cut and colour, to a spellbinding stage show from one of Australia's most renowned puppetry companies and finest children's playwrights, to a stunning array of free visual arts exhibitions and installations, to the Festival's closing celebration of diversity through an exchange of coffee,...

ROBERTO DEVEREAUX by DONIZETTI

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Opening nite time again this time for this AUSTRALIAN PREMIER fabulis production of I @ Athenaeum by Melbourne opera company. This is MOCs third in the TheTrilogy series, each being held at different Melbourne inner city venues.... back to the future now and home in Collins St Saturday nite November 11,14,16,18 at 7-30pm sharp!   Music to dye for great set on the now-adaze...

How the Australian government is failing on countering violent extremism

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When the Islamic State was at its strongest, Australia was allocating millions to build ‘community resilience’ to counter extremism. This strategy no longer appears to be a priority. Dan Himbrechts/AAP Countering violent extremism (CVE) programs are recognised globally as a critical part of successful counter-terrorism strategies. In addition to anti-terrorism laws and surveillance powers, governments need CVE programs to address the...

Australian teens doing well, but some still at high risk of suicide and self-harm

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The LSAC study found teens most at risk of self-harm were those who were same-sex attracted or bisexual, or those with depression, anxiety or general feelings of unhappiness. Following a large group of people over a long time is a terrific way to learn more about life in Australia. The Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of...

Robert Delves – An Urban Collection

Join us for drinks to meet the artist at our St Kilda Store. An exhibition of Sculpture, Ceramics and Drawings by Melbourne artist Robert Delves. Urban and simplistic human forms and interactions represented in clay and ink. The stroke of black ink to imply purpose, the rough pressing of clay to signify attitude, the raw edge of paper to note clear endings. All...

A glitzy republican can’t handle Queens Birthday

Ask your local MP a simple question and be surprised about a complicated answer. The Radical Royalist happens to be a resident of the Melbourne constituency of "Higgins". For many years former federal treasurer Peter Costello was the member of Parliament for "Higgins" and he received a couple of letters and blog entries from the Radical Royalist since the wannabee...

Explainer: how does a vasectomy work and can it be reversed?

Men who don’t want any more kids will often choose to have a vasectomy. From shutterstock.com Some men may shudder at the thought of “the snip”. But vasectomies are a safe and effective form of contraception for men who have completed their family, or don’t wish to have children. Medicare data shows more than 25,000 Australian men have had a vasectomy in the...

It’s not just sex: why people have affairs, and how to deal with them

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There are many reasons people have affairs.Alex Iby/Unsplash Barnaby Joyce’s affair with his former staffer Vikki Campion, and his subsequent downfall from the position of deputy prime minister and head of the National Party, made headlines for weeks. It’s not surprising. From politicians to actors and entertainers, stories of high profile individuals caught “cheating” on their partner often make front-page...