University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities. It is ranked among the best 20 modern universities in the world* and has built a reputation as an enterprising institution, with a multi-disciplinary approach to research and a personalised approach to teaching. Over 32,000 students are studying UOW degrees across nine campuses throughout Australia and internationally in Dubai and Hong Kong.

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Remote workers, particularly in the fields of mining and construction, are at greater risk of mental health problems. And accessing quality mental health care can be difficult for them. SHUTTERSTOCK

Virtual reality may be the next frontier in remote mental health care

Participants of both virtual reality-based and Skype-based therapy sessions voted greatly in favour of using VR, reporting high levels of engagement and realism.
Regrowth one month after fires at Colo Heights, NSW. A legacy of displacement and racism inflames bushfire trauma for Aboriginal Australians. Vanessa Cavanagh

Strength from perpetual grief: how Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis

As Australia picks up the pieces after the fires, we must understand the unique grief Aboriginal people experience from a loss of country.
Abandoned trolleys litter a roadside in Whalan, a suburb in Sydney’s outer west. Shutterstock

The war on abandoned trolleys can be won. Here’s how

Abandoned trolleys are an all-too-common sight. A solution to this intractable problem depends on a combination of policy and legal changes, public engagement and tracking technology.
The consequences of underinsurance aren’t just personal. They potentially harm local communities permanently, as those unable to rebuild move away. Dean Lewins/AAP

A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently

One lesson from Australia's past bushfire disasters is that too many homes are underinsured. But it's a lesson we've failed to learn.
Many rarely used bikes end up languishing in the shed. peace baby/Shutterstock

Own a bike you never ride? We need to learn how to fail better at active transport

Where bikes are kept is a strong pointer to the place of cycling in the owner's life. Effective active transport policy starts with understanding what stops people using their bikes instead of cars.
Kids are more engaged when they are actively involved in their learning, rather than learning through more passive modes such as listening or reading. from shutterstock.com

Involving kids in making schools sustainable spreads the message beyond the classroom

Kids are more engaged when they're actively involved in their learning. Here's how three schools are teaching kids about sustainability by being sustainable themselves.
A cyclist not wearing a helmet can expect to attract the attention of NSW Police – and not always just for that offence. NSW Police/Facebook

Over-the-top policing of bike helmet laws targets vulnerable riders

Bike helmet laws are meant to be about safety. But the hefty penalties and huge number of fines are causing resentment – made worse by some police abusing the law to stop, question and search riders.

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