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Friday 10 October 2014
Featured Health

mental illness and compounded effects of marginalisation

Natalia Verne
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DISCLAIMER: This article is written only from my own experiences and is not meant to represent other people’s experiences of ableism, transmisogyny, sexual assault, or other experiences. Trigger Warnings: Rape, sexual assault.   A lot of people look up to people who appear to be struggling with life, as if they are inspirational in some…
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Thursday 9 October 2014
Featured Health

living with borderline personality disorder

Ruth Scott
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  Author’s Note: Please remember while reading this that these are my own personal thoughts and experiences and they do not represent everyone with a diagnosis of BPD. Please follow the links provided for more information. Writing a concise piece on a very misunderstood and stigmatised mental illness is no easy feat. When you speak…
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Wednesday 8 October 2014
Featured Health

mental health week: a reminder that mental health is a complex issue for many of us

Bridget Conway
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I’m incredibly proud that addressing mental health issues with programs such as this week’s Mental Health Week in support of World Mental Health Day, and ABC’S Mental As, a week of TV, radio, and online programming dedicated to dismantling the stigmas surrounding mental health, has now become an everyday norm. It’s very difficult now to…
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Wednesday 1 October 2014
Health

well…what? allergies and anaphylaxis

Cin Peeler
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It’s October! Not only can we start planning our Halloween costumes, but it’s also well and truly springtime. As the weather warms up, pets start shedding more, flowers release pollen, and dust is blown up into the dry air. Fur, pollen, and dust are common allergens, which can make spring an uncomfortable time for those…
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Tuesday 30 September 2014
Health Sexuality

back to ba(sex): five STIs you didn’t know about

Sarah Iuliano
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If you are sexually active, one would hope you have heard of the infections that can set upon your bits if you have a lax attitude to safe sex. Perhaps they are not as embedded in your brain as one Geordie Shore cast member, whose sweet nothings during love making consisted of ‘chlamydiaaaaa!’ Beyond chlamydia,…
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Saturday 20 September 2014
Health

well…what? endometriosis

Cin Peeler
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Last week, endometriosis was on Lip’s radar, as pharmaceutical giant Bayer refuses to supply more than half a million Australian women suffering from the crippling disease with valuable pain medication. Endometriosis affects up to 10% of women worldwide and is defined mostly by intense pelvic pain. Twenty-three-year-old Sylvia Freedman, the woman behind the push for…
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Monday 8 September 2014
Health

giving endometriosis sufferers choice: bayer pushed for drug sale in australia

Sarah Iuliano
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  As feminists, we believe women should have choices. We believe nothing should stand in the way of a woman living life as best she can. For the half a million Australian women diagnosed with the debilitating disease endometriosis, their autonomy is currently being compromised by pharmaceutical company Bayer. Bayer is considering bringing the drug…
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Sunday 7 September 2014
Featured Life

a father’s day reminder to celebrate your dad and make every day count

Holly Lazzari
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In celebration of Father’s Day, Holly Lazzari shares a story about her dad and reminds us to appreciate the people we have in our lives. I’ll admit it; I’m a complete Daddy’s girl. My dad and I find the same things funny, we always have stuff to chat about, we have loads in common, and a…
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Wednesday 3 September 2014
Health

well…what? polycystic ovarian syndrome

Cin Peeler
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When I was a kid there was a family of four girls who would take turns babysitting us. The eldest sister was about 19 and had coarse hair on her face, was a little bit overweight and, to be honest, I thought she looked strange. It turned out she had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and…
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Wednesday 27 August 2014
Featured Health

clean, green & ethical beauty (part one): the toxins

Shaza Barbar
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Earlier this year, we found out that on average woman spends 55 minutes in the morning getting ready. But did you know that in the time it takes you to get ready in the morning, you’ve already ingested up to 168 chemicals? And by purchasing some of the beauty brands on the market, you could…
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Wednesday 6 August 2014
Health

well…what? premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Cin Peeler
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Getting your period can be bloody awful, and for many women the week or so leading up to it is not much better. The changes the body goes through in this time can cause moderate to severe symptoms, known as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. While PMS can make life difficult, about 5% of women of…
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Wednesday 23 July 2014
Health

well…what?: debunking the myths surrounding depression

Cin Peeler
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When public figures like Ian Thorpe, Demi Lovato, and Catherine Zeta-Jones speak out about their struggles with depression and depressive disorders, it can be discouraging to find so many myths and misunderstandings about this illness still perpetrated in our society. Depression and other depressive disorders occur in 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8…
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): sexercise

Sarah Iuliano
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If you’ve ever trawled the internet for information on how to lose weight (read: lose your mind), I’d wager you’ve come across at least one article claiming sex improves your fitness. If not, here’s one from the BBC. This is because sex is, technically speaking, exercise. That’s right! Your muscle aches after vigorous rounds of…
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Friday 11 July 2014
Featured

greater access to contraception would ensure a brighter future for today’s youth

Anna Masters
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A professionally trained counsellor at the Marie Stopes Sexual Health Infoline in Timor-Leste (East Timor) is on the phone trying to explain to a teenage girl that if she gets a contraceptive implant in her arm, there is no way it could travel to her heart or brain and kill her. These sorts of myths…
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