EDITOR’S PICKS

  • Clinical geneticist Dr Susan White writes about being the bearer of bad news. It was the last appointment of the day. My desk was a rubbish tip: a stack of hospital files needing notes written and letters dictated, a tape measure dribbled on by the...

  • Future learners will need an excellent start in early learning if they are to cope with mid to late 21st century challenges reports Iram Siraj It may be a truism that the future will be different, but human expectations have rarely been so high about...

  • Marika Guggisberg, asks how can parents teach their children to be safe online when many teenagers use mobile phones and social media almost constantly. Children are gaining access to these devices and platforms at increasingly younger ages. This is a challenge for parents who need...

  • Early exposure to infections doesn’t protect against allergies, but getting into nature might report Emily Johnston Flies and Philip Weinstein  Over the past few decades, allergies and asthma have become common childhood diseases, especially in developed countries. Almost 20% of Australians experience some kind of...

  • Beatrix Hooper* looks at the years of struggle spent to find the correct strategy and direction for her son George* with tips she shares that helped along the way. Part two: After the Diagnosis Some days seem so normal I forget my son George* has autism....

  • Our generation of parents is trailblazing what it means to raise kids that have access to the internet. That includes everything from social media and online pornography, to violence and trolls.

Celebrating Mothers

  • The village is most welcome to help raise her child, writes Maxine Clarke, but through practical gestures, rather than unconstructive heckling. For a few short months, I was completely content with the new-found public interest in my condition. Even a few pats on the tummy...

  • Jeanie Baxter strives to move beyond the boundaries set by the early death of her mother. This year, I am older than my mother ever was. I am living in time that she never experienced. I watch my eldest daughter move into her mid-teens and...

  • Mandy Collins finds the judgements of other women in relation to birth and breastfeeding to be difficult to accept. I clearly remember the morning I decided to stop breastfeeding my daughter. I lay in my hospital bed, tears running down my face, terrified to tell...

  • Anna Bourozikas was shocked when pregnancy temporarily disabled her. I was 34 weeks into my first pregnancy, standing at the kitchen sink washing the dishes when I felt a sharp pain rush through my right leg and groin. My leg buckled and I collapsed to...

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