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The reverberations of the COVID-19 pandemic persist, casting a shadow over the lives of young people in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. A recent report from Monash University's Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice sheds light on the enduring impact of the pandemic on...

A COVID inquiry has been announced. Michael Toole, Heidi Drummer and Suman Majumdar ask, but is COVID still a thing? Do I need a booster? Today’s announcement of an independent inquiry into Australia’s COVID response will examine how we’ve handled the pandemic and how we could...

Pharmacologists Tina Hinton, Jessica Pace, and Nial Wheate look at which works best and when? In most cases, pain and fever relief is as simple as a trip to your local supermarket for some paracetamol or ibuprofen. While both are effective at reducing pain, they work in...

The COVID pandemic had a silver lining, report researchers Andrew Miller, Jenny Gore and Leanne Fray Students from schools in low-income communities did not suffer significant “learning loss” during the pandemic years of 2020-2021 but instead improved their results in certain areas of study. That’s one key...

Kylie Hillman reports that her research shows Australia’s Year 4 students have not lost ground on their reading skills, despite all the disruptions to schooling during the pandemic. A major international test has found about 80% of students have “more than elementary” skills in reading comprehension....

 We need to ask students why, write researchers Nigel Howard and Andrew Bills. Today federal and state education ministers are meeting to talk about school attendance. Federal Education Minister Jason Clare has repeatedly flagged this as a key concern. As he told Channel 7’s Sunrise last...

Thea van de Mortel looks at how to tell if your COVID test can detect Omicron You’ve tested negative for COVID using a rapid antigen test (RAT), but are a close contact of a positive family member and have symptoms. So you might be wondering...

Anxiety can look different in children. Report researchers Elizabeth Westrupp  and Jade Sheen Throughout the pandemic, many families have struggled with fears about COVID, employment and lock-downs – all while experiencing disruption to things like school, childcare, social support services and beloved activities. It has been...