It can be a tough time for children going through the physical and emotional changes of puberty. And if they enter puberty early, the health impacts can stay with them for life.
Shape-shifting bodies. Cracking voices. Hairs sprouting in new places. Why do some children enter puberty early?
Migrants can no longer afford to live in the ‘gateway’ suburbs that once helped them to leave the ranks of the ‘disadvantaged’ and feel at home in their new country.
With the winding back of government support for housing, 'gateway' suburbs that have in the past accepted and supported recent immigrants are becoming increasingly unaffordable.
Grammar schools are not the answer.
Reintroducing selective education will not solve deep economic and social inequalities.
The rear of 30-32 Oxford Street, an area of Sydney affected by an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.
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New research finds almost a million Australians are living in poor or very poor-quality housing, with more than 100,000 in dwellings regarded as very poor or derelict.
Suffering in silence.
Recognising the symptoms of the dispossessed will prevent crimes against humanity.
Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities.
Where you live affects your health and life expectancy. This makes it possible to map health outcomes against train stations, so that you can readily see the inequalities across cities like Melbourne.
Universities need to take major steps to redress inequality through access to education and work.
Rather than redressing inequality, universities are exacerbating it. They need to take radical steps to turn this around and offer better education across the socio-economic spectrum.
Not everyone has access to the internet, even today.
There are still many Australians who don't have regular access to the internet. We must do more to bridge the digital divide and accommodate a diversity of technologies.
Students’ expectations can determine their future.
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Nicholas Biddle outlines how students’ low aspirations can lead to poor outcomes…
A report has found 34% of young people serving a community-based order and 66% in custody have a substance abuse problem.
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Improving health services in the juvenile justice system and the community could reduce the risk of youth offenders repeating…
Women who live in poorer areas, are older mothers, smokers or are Aboriginal have a higher risk of having a premature birth…
Starting school early improves disadvantaged children’s learning, according to a new study from the University of New South…
An innovative approach to mobility in Uganda.
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Disabled people are severely marginalised and among the poorest in developing countries. Having a disability increases the risk of poverty, and being poor also increases the risk of getting a disability…
The federal government’s assessment of its compulsory income management trial in Greater Shepparton has not provided sufficient…
What matters more when it comes to intelligence: nature or nurture?
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A news report recently informed readers that the reason children from poorer backgrounds struggle is due to genetic “inherited abilities”. According to the article, a new Productivity Commission report…
Children who are engaged at school are more likely to go on to a professional, semi-professional or managerial career.
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Children’s interest and engagement in school influences their prospects of educational and occupational success 20 years…
There are many reasons a child could be held back from reaching their learning potential – will extra money help?
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As the Gonski school funding debate heats up again, the political focus so far has been on the big billion dollar figures. In this crowded debate about who’s right or wrong on the numbers, there’s little…
Hugging and making up: Samoan Moe Fonoti (right) embraces Logan Aboriginal elder Wayne Saunders, after talks to defuse local tensions.
Every city has them - the neighbourhoods that everyone else looks down on. In Australia, Sydney has “Westies”. Brisbane has “Logan bogans”. And in Melbourne, the western suburb of Sunshine is colloquially…
The number of Australians sleeping rough decreased but overall rates of homelessness rose by 8%.
The number of Australians who were homeless on census night increased by 17% to 105,237 in the five years to August 2011. When adjusted for population growth, the increase the increase is still worryingly…
People in Australia’s most disadvantaged communities experience lower attendance at high school, greater financial stress…