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The Conversation • 19 Apr 2023

How can art respond to stories on institutional child sexual abuse?

Loud Sky, at Newcastle’s The Lock-Up, brings together new commissions and community artworks to explore institutional abuse by the Catholic Church.

The Conversation • 14 Apr 2023

Why arts degrees and other generalist programs are the future of Australian higher education

The idea a generalist degree just leads to over-qualified graduates serving coffee Reality Bites-style is not only wrong, it is a misguided understanding of what we need from graduates.

The Conversation • 13 Apr 2023

Running gels and protein powders can be convenient boosts for athletes – but be sure to read the label

Sports gels and protein powders can meet the increased nutritional needs of endurance athletes in a convenient form. But they do pack downsides too.

The Conversation • 3 Apr 2023

Malka Leifer found guilty of sexual abuse of former students

The former Adass Israel principal was found guilty on 18 of 29 charges against her.

The Conversation • 29 Mar 2023

Obsessive compulsive disorder is more common than you think. But it can take 9 years for an OCD diagnosis

People can be reluctant to discuss symptoms with their doctor. When they do, their symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses. Even when people are diagnosed, they don’t always get the right treatment.

The Conversation • 21 Mar 2023

Girl, Interrupted interrogates how women are 'mad' when they refuse to conform – 30 years on, this memoir is still important

Why was Susanna Kaysen really hospitalised? Her memoir Girl, Interrupted turns 30 this year. It investigates whether she was ‘mad’, or medicalised for a ‘chaotic’ life that defied gender norms.

The Conversation • 21 Mar 2023

How bad is vaping and should it be banned?

A new review has examined the research on vaping. It found Australia is in need of a pragmatic harm reduction approach.

The Conversation • 20 Mar 2023

Ozempic helps weight loss by making you feel full. But certain foods can do the same thing – without the side-effects

Ozempic uses semaglutide to mimic the role of a hormone naturally produced by the body to create feelings of fullness. Certain foods can do the same thing.

The Conversation • 17 Mar 2023

How on-demand buses can transform travel and daily life for people with disabilities

Ensuring public transport vehicles comply with the laws on disability access is just the tip of the iceberg. Access issues across the transport system point to the need for on-demand services.

The Conversation • 9 Mar 2023

The case of missing Madeleine McCann still grips the world – but why?

Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished as a three-year-old from her family’s holiday apartment in 2007, was back in the news last week as yet another person claimed to be Madeleine.

The Conversation • 7 Mar 2023

Our study found new teachers perform just as well in the classroom as their more experienced colleagues

Analysing two major studies, researchers found it did not matter if teachers had less than one year of experience or had spent 25 years in the classroom – they delivered the same quality of teaching.

The Conversation • 28 Feb 2023

Why El Niño doesn't mean certain drought

Not all El Niño events lead to drought in Australia. Other factors are involved and it will take some time for drought to develop now catchments are wet and most dams are full.

The Conversation • 28 Feb 2023

Lidia Thorpe’s Mardi Gras disruption is the latest in an ongoing debate about acceptable forms of protest at Pride

Lidia Thorpe’s temporary blocking of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday night has again brought to the surface discussion on the role of protest and police discretion.

The Conversation • 24 Feb 2023

'Why would you go to uni?' A new study looks at what young Australians do after school

Three decades of efforts to improve equal access to university have not worked. A new book, based on ten years of research, aims to look beyond narrow, impersonal definitions of ‘equity’.

The Conversation • 23 Feb 2023

Suka gorengan? Perhatikan minyak goreng yang bisa dimakan dan sebaiknya dihindari

Lemak dan minyak penting dalam makanan kita, tapi harus digunakan dengan hati-hati dan sebagai bagian dari pola makan yang sehat.

The Conversation • 21 Feb 2023

We got some key things wrong about long COVID. Here are 5 things we've learnt

Three years into the pandemic, it’s now clear we got some things wrong about long COVID early on.

The Conversation • 20 Feb 2023

What Australia learned from recent devastating floods – and how New Zealand can apply those lessons now

Australians are in New Zealand to help out in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle. After multiple big floods in Australia, our neighbours have learned a lot about resilience in the face of disaster.

The Conversation • 20 Feb 2023

Long before the Voice vote, the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association called for parliamentary representation

The sad reality is that if the demands of these early activists had been met nearly a century ago, we would not be suffering the severe disadvantage that hovers over Aboriginal lives still today.

The Conversation • 15 Feb 2023

'Forever chemicals' have made their way to farms. For now, levels in your food are low – but there's no time to waste

Yes, there are forever chemicals in biosolids we use on farms. Here’s why we don’t need to panic … yet

The Conversation • 9 Feb 2023

6 reasons why it's so hard to see a GP

More Australians are delaying care or going to emergency departments because they can’t see a GP. Here are six reasons why.

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