Health Podcast (ABC RN)
Depression and #ReasonsToStayAlive05/30/15
At 24, acclaimed novelist Matt Haig’s world suddenly fell apart—he could no longer see a reason to live. Haig’s memoir is an honest and inspiring account of how he emerged from severe depression and anxiety,and learned to live again.
Soweto's Memeza Choir sing for peace and tolerance
Meet the activist choir from Soweto, who sing freedom songs to bring attention to South Africa's struggle against HIV and AIDS.
When the principal's son is the naughtiest kid in school
What do you do if your child is the naughtiest kid in school? And you happen to the principal? Alan Sampson found out when he brought his dyslexic son Greg to attend the high school he ran. What happened next is the topic of his new memoir, Schools of...
Policing and people with mental illness
The complex intersection of policing and people with mental illness.
The Health Report: glue ear
A significant problem affecting young children is glue ear - or fluid in the middle ear.
The talking cure
We talk with a practitioner of Existential Therapy—and coming to terms with our fear of death.
Caitlin Doughty: tales from the crematorium
Caitlin Doughty's desire to work up-close with death came from an early encounter with death in a Hawaiian shopping mall that left her with a crippling fear of dying. She's now a licensed mortician, working to promote healthier attitudes towards death...
Can your brain reduce your pain?
If you suffer from chronic pain, the last thing you need to hear is "you are making it up". Pain might start with an injury but when the discomfort continues beyond the expected recovery time, what do you do then? And how do you help yourself?
Bruny Island stranger
He lit his pipe, mouth moving like a dying fish, eyes fixed in a cold deadly stare. A son meets his father for the first time.
'Brave new world' of genome sequencing
Should we sequence the genome of every new born baby in Australia?
Soils For Life
Food security is one of the world’s most pressing problems. People need access to food, there needs to be enough for everyone and it needs to be nutritional and affordable. Soil is essential for food security so how do we look after it?
The elephant in the room—men's mental health
Men's mental health—the elephant in the room
Rats to the rescue
How do you bring your two passions together to save lives? Train and employ rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis in Africa.
Fertility data kept from the public
The Fertility Society of Australia keeps detailed statistics on in vitro fertilisation clinics, including how successful they are at producing live babies. Yet this data is not released to the public - costing millions of dollars to taxpayers, and...
The age old problem of old age
Tomorrow Treasurer Joe Hockey will hand down his second budget. In it he will confirm changes to the pension that are expected to save the budget $2.4 billion over the next 2 years. But will these changes go far enough and why does it all revolve...
More to the story behind Australia's drinking habits
New statistics show we're not drinking nearly as much alcohol as we used to—it might surprise you to learn who is really driving down the figures. And what can we do about excessive drinking, which is still an Aussie dilemma despite some of us...
The Health Report: myHealth Record
Tomorrow night's budget will include a number of health measures - among them a rebooting of Labor's E-Health scheme which will be renamed myHealth Record.
On being mindful
Being Mindful in May—mindfulness as a treatment for depression, and why Google is encouraging it in the workplace
The RFDS flies into Oodnadatta for a women's GP health clinic; ladies in Broken Hill learn basic car maintenance; we try our hand at basket weaving; and farming women knit for an on-line business.
Research Filter: gut feelings, astronaut dementia and...
Does the bacteria in our gut influence our emotions? Could interstellar trips affect astronauts' memories? And, what can 23-million-year-old fossils tell us about the threat of future extinctions?
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