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How can we protect ourselves with a surge in cases since the beginning of the year? Laurence Don Wai Luu looks at how to protect your family Australia is facing a whooping cough outbreak. Some 2,799 cases were recorded in the first three months of 2024....

A bumper Bluey episode is about to hit screens, writes Divna Haslam. This special episode of the hit kids show will premiere on April 14. The episode will run for 28 minutes, which is four times the usual length of a Bluey episode. My kids are...

Elise Waghorn asks do we stop to consider what distressing media is doing to our kids? While much attention has been drawn to the detrimental impact of violent video games on children’s developing brains, there has been relatively little discussion regarding the negative effects of news and...

Real-life impact, not diagnosis, should determine NDIS support, write researchers Nancy Sadka and Josephine Barbaro Ahead of the release of the government’s review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the topic taking centre stage is the diagnosis of autism. Over one third of people accessing...

Does the government’s new draft do enough to help those in crisis? Asks Andrew Whitehouse The Australian government released its draft National Autism Strategy yesterday. It aims to power a “coordinated national approach, supporting Autistic people at each stage of life”. The strategy is the fulfilment of...

"Research suggests early intervention is linked with better outcomes for children later in life,” said Kirrilie Smout, clinical child psychologist and founder of Calm Kid Central. Recent research commissioned by HCF, Australia's largest not-for-profit health fund, sheds light on the mental health struggles encountered by Australian...

With many families travelling around Australia over Easter and the school holidays, the NSW Health Department is advising people to be alert for signs and symptoms of measles after being originally notified in early February of a woman with the illness in Sydney. Since measles has...

Many Australians are struggling to pay for everyday essentials. Researcher Dr Ana Gamarra Rondinel reports but some of us are feeling the pinch more than others As we head into the Easter period, many Australians are facing a long-term cost-of-living crisis. Thanks to inflation and incremental interest...

Parents say the mental load is crushing, report researchers Kimberley Baxter and Rebecca Byrne. Feeding babies and toddlers can be challenging at the best of times. But when families can’t afford enough food, let alone the recommended range of different coloured vegetables or iron-rich meats, it’s...

On 'World Autism Understanding Day', April 2nd, Professor Andrew Cashin looks at the diversity and the definitions and what has changed. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg describes herself as having Asperger’s while others on the autism spectrum, such as Australian comedian Hannah Gatsby, describe themselves as...