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Pills are not the answer

Medicating children may be treating symptoms of our frenetic lifestyle - Robyn Pearce

Everyone is impacted in some way with the results of a serious medical trend happening throughout the Western world: the ever-growing prescription of drugs to both children and adults for depression and variations of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

I join many others in believing that a significant cause of this epidemic is the way many adults view time. Read More

 

8 Apr 2017 | VIC
Top Arts 2017 News Image

Forty-seven of the state’s emerging young artists, who excelled in VCE Art and Studio Art, exhibit their work in the annual exhibition Top Arts 2017, featuring 57 pieces drawn from over 2600 submissions. Read More

7 Apr 2017 | Australia
Independent schools funded at half the rate of government schools News Image

The latest government figures show that on average government schools are publicly funded at around twice the amount of independent schools. The majority of funding for independent schools is coming from parents and school communities. Read More

3 Apr 2017 | International
Inactivity and screen time linked to teen depression News Image

High screen time and low physical activity is a global phenomenon, with researchers finding links between poor mental health and low levels of physical activity combined with high recreational screen time in developing countries. Read More

3 Apr 2017 | QLD
Improving the transition process for Preps News Image

The QLD government aims to work in partnership with the early childhood sector and schools to improve the process of sharing transition statements with schools to make it easier for Prep teachers to plan for individual learning. Read More

2 Apr 2017 | Australia
AEU survey: public schools rely on fundraising and teacher contributions News Image

The AEU's State of Our Schools survey for 2017 indicates that Australia’s public schools are increasingly reliant on fundraising and teachers are using their own money to provide students with some of the basics. Read More

31 Mar 2017 | NSW
Nanga Mai Awards recognise NSW students, staff and schools News Image

The Nanga Mai Awards celebrate innovation, excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education within NSW public schools and school communities. The word Nanga Mai is an Eora (Sydney) word meaning to dream. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | Australia
ISCA write to parliament over funding concerns News Image

The Independent Schools Council of Australia has written a letter to all members of the Australian Parliament to express concerns about the prospect of sudden and untimely changes to federal government funding arrangements for schools. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | WA
Saffron a potential treatment for adolescent depression News Image

Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the spice saffron could be used to treat depression and anxiety in adolescents. They are looking for adolescents suffering from moodiness or mild anxiety to participate in the trial. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | Australia
Study shows one in two kids hide risky online behaviour from parents News Image

According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and the iconKids & Youth agency, almost half of children (44%) hide potentially dangerous online activity from their parents. The older the child, the more he or she hides. Read More

28 Mar 2017 | VIC
High quality early education could help close the gap News Image

Australian early childhood education and care programs offer good quality care and emotional support, but more high quality teaching through play is required, according to new research from the University of Melbourne. Read More

26 Mar 2017 | Australia
Current curriculum not preparing school leavers for adulthood News Image

The latest report by Mitchell Institute at Victoria University finds school leavers are not graduating with the skills they need to become capable, successful adults. Schools need to broaden learning objectives. Read More

24 Mar 2017 | Australia
Independent, Catholic schools back copyright reform News Image

ISCA and NCEC welcome plans to update copyright laws, but have expressed disappointment that Australian schools will continue to be exposed to dangers because the proposed changes to “safe harbour” provisions have been abandoned. Read More