Journalist with over 14 years experience in the ever-changing media industry. Written for a wide range of publications including Time, The Atlantic, Marie Claire, Sunday Life and The Monthly. Practiced content writer for Antelope Media, a Sydney-based copy writing agency. Highly skilled investigative researcher and interviewer. Passionate about topics related to parenting in the age of social media, as well as health, lifestyle and science.
Years later, aged 33, Annabelle made a decision which is unthinkable to many: she cut her mother out of her life. While she receives a raised eyebrow when she mentions it to acquaintances for the first time, her predicament is not entirely unusual.
She believes mothers who leave their children should be supported by their community. "The decision is often reflective of an extreme form of maternal instinct - an altruistic desire to ensure their children's best interests are considered first." MELISSA COLLINS 50, four children "When I separated from my husband, we were living in Warwick, in southeast Queensland.
Women over 30, married and established mothers account for a significant number of those who seek abortions, but stigma means we rarely hear from them. Photo: Stocksy Lisa was two months away from going back to work after the birth of her second child when she realised that her period was late.
"I've always identified with two aspects of my personality: the really girlie side that loves hair and make-up and the side that is fascinated by the death services. At 16, I became a hairdresser. I loved the job, but after watching How Clean Is Your Crime Scene?
Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size In July 2016, Betsy Davis invited friends and family to participate in a celebration with a difference. At 4pm there were tamales, followed by cocktails. Guests then rifled through Davis's possessions, selecting keepsakes to take home.
In 2010, Alice and her partner, Natalie, found themselves at a Sydney fertility clinic ready to start their family. Alice had recently completed her master's degree and was in her early thirties, approaching an age where women are encouraged to panic about their fertility.
The landscape surrounding Australia's first body farm looks like a slice of Australiana from a Tom Roberts canvas. Wiry eucalyptus trees reach through the canopy for broad, open skies. The soft, mustard-coloured earth is carpeted with twigs and beige leaves, soggy from the recent rain.
In July 2015, in Pymble, on Sydney's upper North Shore, Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan was bitten by a tick. Her head "swelled up like the Elephant Man", she tells me. Her naturopath, a "miracle worker" she had been seeing for 20 years, was unavailable so Lenoir-Jourdan, a writer and journalist who runs a PR company, went to a variety of GPs to get a diagnosis.
The courtyard outside The Cabin, Australia's self-proclaimed "leading outpatient addiction treatment centre", is a mixture of pale brick and concrete. Beige bleeds into grey and then into cream. There's a smattering of meticulously sculpted plants and well-groomed senior citizens in the vicinity - unremarkable given the Edgecliff location, in the marrow of Sydney's eastern suburbs.
When we were planning our honeymoon this year (which at that stage was already a babymoon), we had our eye on Burma. A friend lived in Yangon, and the country looked interesting. But parts of Burma have malaria that is resistant to chloroquine, the preferred drug for treating and preventing the disease.
In 1946, obstetrician and cardiologist Curtis Lester Mendelson discovered a disturbing phenomenon: He found that some women who had anesthesia in labor were vomiting and aspirating on their stomach contents during delivery. As reported in his landmark study on surgical aspiration, Mendelson discovered 66 such cases in more than 44,000 pregnancies.
As the children of the war reach old age, one group of survivors is teaching nursing home workers how to treat a type of trauma that only they can understand.
However, the Carters decided not to go ahead with the procedure as it would have to be repeated. Instead they applied for Sophie to have a hysterectomy. The Guardianship Tribunal approved it and when Sophie was 21 she had the operation. Her limited independence is no longer compromised by menstruation, Merren said.
According to the World Health Organization, 35.6 million people have dementia worldwide and that number is projected to double every twenty years. A large proportion of those people with dementia will die in a residential aged care facility. While the elderly are free to do what they like in their own homes, once in facilities, their sex life is regulated by staff.
Dann thinks this is a waste of potentially valuable meat. He concedes that camel is still a novelty in Australia, but he sees a lucrative market in the Middle East, where it's widely accepted. If he wins government approval to export, he aims to up the number of animals he slaughters each week from 20 to 300.
The questionable courses include homeopathy, iridology, reflexology, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, and aromatherapy, some of which are taught at 18 of 39 Australian universities. "A university is supposed to be a bastion of good science, but their reputation is let down by teaching something like homeopathy," said John Dwyer, a founding member of FSM and emeritus professor of medicine at the University of New South Wales.
Yap's study concluded that the prevalence of penile implants in prison was a cause for concern. "As most of these penile implants are inserted in prison, these men are at risk of blood borne viruses and wound infection. Harm reduction and infection control strategies need to be developed to address this potential risk."
In Western societies, disposing of a dead body has come down to two choices: there's burial, and there's cremation. Occasionally, a corpse is donated to science, but even those remains usually make their way to the crematorium in the end.
Environmentalists and politicians alike went wild this month when a Chinese shipping vessel plowed at full speed into the delicate corals of Australia's protected Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Damage to the Douglas Shoal, one of the 2,900 reefs in the 133,000-sq.-mi.
Every August, Nikolai Gusev juices hundreds of unwashed apples which grow at his dacha, west of Moscow. For a month he waits patiently for the juice to ferment and turn into a wine. He then distills the mixture, and stores the remaining liquid in a barrel for several months.
A year from now, Australian smokers will have to look a whole lot harder to find their favorite brand of smokes. Thanks to a first-of-its-kind law to be implemented by December 2012, when they glance across the counter they'll be staring at rows of nearly identical, olive green cartons.
In February 2009, Australia's Environment Minister Peter Garrett made a depressing announcement. The Christmas Island pipistrelle bat - an inch-long winged creature no heavier than five grams - was about to go extinct. Articles about its imminent demise were accompanied by photos of the bat's minuscule body, barely big enough to embrace the full diameter of a human finger.
The concept of government-backed web censorship is usually associated with nations where human rights and freedom of speech are routinely curtailed. But if Canberra's plans for a mandatory Internet filter go ahead, Australia may soon become the first Western democracy to join the ranks of Iran, China and a handful of other nations where access to the Internet is restricted by the state.
In March of this year, farmers in eastern and central Australia welcomed the gray weather that most city dwellers were complaining about. Water filled the dams and lakes of New South Wales and floods hit the northern part of the state, all the way up to dry areas in southern Queensland.
Like many residents in the cluster of towns northeast of Melbourne, Michael Minten and his partner Sharon Collins were caught completely off-guard when last year's 'Black Saturday' infernos swallowed their property in Flowerdale, Victoria. Minten went ahead to work in the morning, leaving Collins at home with their toddler.
Udelnaya is a sleepy town southeast of Moscow, full of muddy roads lined with brightly painted wooden houses. Behind a frozen stream there is one large brick building that looks a little out of place. Inside are hundreds of rows of jars exuding an unpleasant smell.
When Jane was diagnosed with a muscle-wasting disease five years ago, she was active, physically healthy and had a full-time job. Today, the 70-year-old, who has asked her real name not be used, weighs just 92 pounds.
THE GLOBAL POST
SYDNEY, Australia - As a 21-year-old, Ric Johnstone drove 150 miles daily across the scorching vastness of the Australian outback to work. A motor mechanic in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), he spent 1956 servicing military vehicles in the Great Victorian Desert.
SYDNEY, Australia - Australians, let it be said, like their space. Which is just as well, as they have more than most. But recent angst over projected dramatic population increases have many wondering how much space is enough for the average Aussie?
TRADITIONAL THEORY SUGGESTS THAT Australian Aborigines have regularly burned-off the bush as a method to manage the landscape over the last 50,000 years. But an analysis of fossilised charcoal now contests that idea. The new research suggests that Australia's bushfire history can be explained by climate change and natural fire patterns, and that fires didn't increase when Aboriginal people first arrived about 50,000 years ago.
NATIONAL PARKS ARE ONE of Australia's biggest tourism draws, bringing in $19 billion annually. Recent studies have questioned the role they play in saving endangered species, but a new report says that evidence is stacking up for the conservation benefits.
MOST CHILDREN RECOGNISE THE voice of their mother calling out their name, whether they are in the middle of a play ground or ten aisles away in a supermarket. But this kind of maternal sensitivity is not unique to humans.
By Marina Kamenev with AAP | An updated version of this article was published in February 2016. Click here to read the updated version. EVERY NOVEMBER TO April, northern Australia endures its annual cyclone season. In February 2011, Category 5 Cyclone Yasi smashed the Far North Queensland coast, devastating the region around Cardwell and Tully.
LAUNCH THE GALLERY CUTE AND CUDDLY ANIMALS have an easy time when it comes to conservation, while the world's odder-looking mammals don't usually get a look in. According to the top 100 Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species list, released in November, these strange mammals are dwindling most rapidly, yet they have the hardest time attracting conservation funding.
THE CHINESE DRANK tea from sweet wormwood leaves to cure chills and fevers, Egyptians used a herb from a plant called khella to help pass kidney stones, and all around the world, leeches were placed on sores to stop blood from clotting.