To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences.
The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.
Caring can be very rewarding for both the carer and the patient.
Here are some tips if you are looking after someone who is nearing the end of their life.
There is no good reason the views of students should be disregarded in what defines quality higher education.
Lower ranked universities often outperform their highly ranked peers in student satisfaction.
Having to own multiple cars comes at a cost to the finances and health of residents in the sprawling outer suburbs.
One of the most effective ways to reduce health inequalities across Australia is to design neighbourhoods that free residents from having to rely on cars for transport.
Staying physically active can play a big part in ageing well – and a well-designed neighbourhood helps with that.
Our ageing population presents several social and economic challenges, particularly for the health sector. Physical activity can tackle many of these.
Thereza Phinias, a musician who is part of the Tanzania Albinism Collective.
Singing, music, films and dances are crucial in promoting and protecting the human rights of Africans with albinism.
Leaders are responsible for the culture and specific practices of their organisation, and they can do much to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.
'Suitability' checks in organisations are important but have limitations in screening out child sex offenders. Leaders need to change how they approach the issue.
It’s not just workers on building sites that will feel the pinch of the construction downturn.
The threat of a loss of jobs in the the industries that support construction reveals the problem in relying on building to sustain the economy.
Stroke can change forever the life of the sufferer and thus their loved ones.
This article discusses the impact of a stroke on the stroke survivor and their carer's social and mental health.
Albinism is an inherited condition that affects the pigment of the eyes, hair and skin.
Tanzania has one of the highest rates of albinism in the world. The media in the country has an important role to play in protecting them from harm.
Theology students sit an exam at the Islamic University in Jakarta.
Photo by Idris Thaha
The gathering of almost 500 female religious scholars in Indonesia in the world's first Female Clerics Congress shows Muslim women's fight for equality.
Contemporary Indonesia is heading down the path of conservative Sunni Islamism.
Recent events in Indonesia should dispel any doubt about the rising influence conservative Sunni Islamist sentiment is having on the country’s laws.
Dietary calcium is necessary to ensure our bones hold on to all the calcium they need to stay strong.
If dietary calcium is in short supply, calcium is released from bone to maintain the critical level in the bloodstream needed for nerve and muscle function.
What can we do to avoid clashes between users of shared paths?
The golden rule of shared paths is that the person in the less vulnerable position should be mindful of the more vulnerable user.
New health minister Greg Hunt has approved a 4.8% rise in health insurance premiums.
Each year private health insurance funds lobby the government to increase private health insurance premiums. They claim increases are warranted because of increasing costs.
Same face, different impressions.
If you're looking online for new love, a new job or just to meet up with new friends, then a lot rests on the face you present to the world.
Sexuality is still an important part of life for older people, but it’s seldom discussed and rarely researched.
Most of the early research on sexuality and ageing looked at the sexual behaviours and biology of older adults, generally ignoring the wider concept of sexuality.
Some Aboriginal people and a number of other Australians see Australia Day as a day of mourning.
Protesting about Australia Day is a smokescreen to obscure the real problems that many Aboriginal Australians face today.
Older people are more likely to have falls as their balance and muscle strength usually isn’t what it was.
In 2012 the total cost of poor bone health in adults aged over 50 years was A$2.75 billion, and 64% of this cost was the direct cost associated with treating and managing fractures.
Alison Whyte in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Testament of Mary.
The Testament of Mary is an interesting thought experiment but its narrative is improbable – historically, textually and theologically.