Lives of the Packers

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Published on: 9 April 2014
The Packer family are back in the news with a two-part Australian Story on Kerry Packer. Bridget Griffen-Foley talks about Kerry’s father, Sir Frank Packer, and the father-son relationship. See Part 1 on ABC iView and Part 2 on ABC1 next Monday. For more fascinating insights into the Packers, see Sir Frank Packer: a biography […]

Sir Frank Packer and media in Australia

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Published on: 21 March 2014
The reprint edition of Sir Frank Packer: a biography by Bridget Griffen-Foley, was launched by Rod Tiffen at a media event last night. The occasion celebrated the 150th issue of Media Information Australia and the latest edition of the seminal text, Media & Communications in Australia.

For the sake of a song: Wangga songmen and their repertories

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Published on: 21 February 2014
Cover image of For the Sake of a Song: Wangga Songmen and their Repertories The songs and threatened languages of one of Australia's most prominent genres of Indigenous music, wangga, from Australia's Top End, are presented in a new book published by researchers at PARADISEC. Songmen from the Daly region of the Northern Territory who created and performed songs for their communities and general public over the past fifty […]

Chronic disease taking up more time for GPs

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Published on: 19 November 2013
GPs in Australia are working three hours less per week in direct clinical care, however they are dealing with more health problems per visit, research led by the University of Sydney shows. “Patients with Type 2 diabetes now account for 8 percent of a GP’s workload, and they spend almost twice as much time with […]

People with disability welcome a new life in retirement

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Published on: 7 November 2013
“People with long-term and lifelong disabilities are living longer,” says Professor Roger Stancliffe from the University’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy. “With longer lives comes the need to provide the social support people with disabilities require to have an active, socially connected life in retirement,” he said. Transition to Retirement: A Guide to Inclusive […]

On the nature, origins and processes of invention

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Published on: 25 October 2013
Ecologies of invention, our new book launched last week by Robyn Williams from ABC Radio National’s The Science Show, examines origins, approaches and attitudes towards inventiveness across the disciplines, including art, architecture, design, history, engineering, science, law and economics. As Marc Newson, designer of the famous Lockheed Lounge, points out in the Foreword, Ecologies of […]
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