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Pandemic underlines need for diversity in health messaging

Pandemic underlines need for diversity in health messaging

September 23, 2020

Why it is important to have COVID-19 public health messaging to accommodate the linguistic diversity of Australia’s population?

Medical professionals have expressed concern over mental health, as Australia's second largest city - Melbourne - moves into the 12th week of

Fear and depression in locked-down Melbourne

September 23, 2020

Melbourne’s second lockdown has seen an increase in mental health issues, prompting concern from many of Australia’s leading medical experts.

“I don’t like to look at this in a negative way,

Reporting for duty in the pandemic, young teachers in a class of their own

September 22, 2020

For many 20-somethings, the pandemic has cost them their jobs. For others, like early career teachers, it's piled on new challenges as they navigate the difficulties of remote learning and front-line disease control. Ashleigh Barraclough continues The Citizen's special series Generation Coronavirus.

A scene from Catch-86 (the 2019 La Trobe University Revue). Photo: Kat Carrington

Why student theatre must survive the pandemic

September 21, 2020

Why do we devalue the next generation of artists? Fergus Black and Lakshmi Ganapathy argue that we need to reconsider our stance on student productions.

Weight loss measure. Photo: www.quotecatalog.com (CC BY 2.0)

Concern over health impact of ‘iso weight’

September 21, 2020

Melbourne is looking at easing out of one of the world's longest coronavirus lockdowns. What impact will quarantine eating habits and a lack of outdoor physical exercise have on the long term health of Victorians?

After years of study, Abby Thorne had just started her first job as a solicitor when coronavirus came along. “It was like this uncontrollable pile of bullshit that just came down on to my world,” Thorne says. “One minute I’m in court, the next day I’m at Centrelink.”

For the young, pandemic is latest act in a spiralling tragedy of opportunity

September 21, 2020

Even before the pandemic hit, Australia’s young adults were tracking to be the first generation in a century who could not look forward to a better life than their parents. This is the first in a special series, Generation Coronavirus, exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on young people.

Rent a dress - the future of fashion or designers' death knell?

Rent a dress – the future of fashion or designers’ death knell?

September 18, 2020

It’s great for financially strapped students, eco-warriors and social butterflies. but the one night stand with a hired designer dress could be doing more harm than good.

It's been a particularly challenging year for Victorian VCE students like Siena Carrideo (photo: supplied; background image by Ryan McGilchrist CC BY-SA 2.0)

Boost for Victorian students, but questions remain over exam safety

September 9, 2020

It’s a win for the class of 2020 – each Victorian year 12 student will be individually assessed for VCE scores and ATAR rankings.

Lockdown lust: How coronavirus is changing sex lives and sex drives

Lockdown lust: How coronavirus is changing sex lives and sex drives

September 9, 2020

Surging use of online pornography sites and sales of sex toys during the pandemic tell us that there’s some socially distanced action going down, and the sexperts predict it will have a lasting influence on our intimate lives.

Zoom and gloom: The loneliness of the long distance funeral

Zoom and gloom: The loneliness of the long distance funeral

September 1, 2020

Through long months of pandemic restrictions, bereaved families have mourned without the comforts of traditional rituals. Out of necessity, new rites are evolving.

The day the music died in Newcastle

The day the music died in Newcastle

August 31, 2020

The world of music has not only been shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic but quite possibly changed forever.

Dr Jason Monty (pictured centre) with his University of Melbourne team of engineers and prototype ventilation hood, which is being trialled in nine Victorian hospitals and one in the Northern Territory. Photo: supplied.

From the pandemic front line, a plea for help engineers a safety bubble

August 31, 2020

As concerns grow about airborne transmission of COVID-19 and high infection rates amongst healthcare workers, a new product designed to isolate coronavirus patients from carers is being trialled in Victoria.

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