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The Wheeler Centre
Coming Back Out: Elder LGBTI+
Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) people remember an era of state-sanctioned stigma and discrimination that might be hard for younger people to fathom. It wasn’t until 1997 that sex between men, for example, was decriminalised in every Australian state and territory.
For many older LGBTI+ people, the world they live in today is drastically different to the world they inhabited in the past. Getting older can sometimes mean both a feeling of invisibility and, conversely, an increased sense of surveillance. For LGBTI+ people, those propositions can pose a particular set of problems.
How can we respect the diverse sexual orientations of older Australians? How can LGBTI+ elders know and assert their rights as they navigate the complex, confusing and sometimes intimidating aged care system? And how important is visibility of LGBTI+ older people – for individuals and for the broader Australian population?
Find out in this discussion hosted by Tristan Meecham, and featuring artist and activist Lois Weaver, Val's LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care coordinator Pauline Crameri, Boston-based LGBT ageing researcher Bob Linscott and LGBTI elder Heather Morgan.
Law School Live
You might think you have issues with talking to your parents about sex – but really, you probably have less than Benjamin Law and Jenny Phang do. For more than 20 issues of the Lifted Brow, this gutter-going mother-son duo have co-written their funny, frank and often heartfelt sex and relationships column.
Benjamin is a writer whose work has…
Recent studies have found that puberty is occurring much earlier today than in preceding generations. What are the causes of this accelerated path to maturity? How are we educating children about puberty – and how well are schools, parents and carers equipped to help children cross this vital bridge to adulthood?
Host Madeleine Morris is joined by a panel of experts…
Activated charcoal, sound baths, coffee enemas, adaptogens – wellness trends continue to rise and rise, and many of them are totally (wholemeal) crackers.
While it’s easy to make fun of the more bizarre notions floated by self-styled wellness gurus, there’s no escaping the fact that the wellness industry is serious, multimillion-dollar business. How much of it is harmless nonsense, how…
The Sound of Cancer
In some way or other, cancer will touch most Australians’ lives. In 2017, an estimated 131 people will die from cancer every day in this country. A new case is diagnosed every four minutes. Causes and treatments of the disease are the focus of intensive research, but public understanding of cancer is often clouded by fear and misinformation.
The Wheeler Centre
The Big Dry: Alcohol and Us
Jacinta Parsons, Jenny Valentish, Chris Raine and Jill Stark
In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along famously with booze. Drinking is an entrenched part of our national identity: it’s a recurrent theme in our pop culture, a scene-setter for friendship, a supposedly inherent part of work and play.
Lately, though, as the personal, social and public health costs of drinking become clear, many Australians are reconsidering our indulgent traditions. Some have even suggested that alcohol will go the way of the cigarette once its connection to chronic or life-threatening illnesses is fully acknowledged.
Jill Stark is the author of High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze. As an Age reporter, she’s written extensively about the escalating toll of alcohol abuse in Australia. Writer Jenny Valentish’s book, Woman of Substances, tells her own story (as well as those found in rehab facilities, halfway houses and AA groups), as she explored the paths people take into and out of addiction. In the process, she’s discovered that women’s experiences of substance abuse and treatment differ greatly from those of men.
Along with Chris Raine – founder of Hello Sunday Morning, an online initiative aiming to refocus drinking behaviour on individual choice, rather than cultural expectation – and host Jacinta Parsons, they join us for a fresh discussion about Australia’s changing relationship with alcohol, and how we can anticipate and deal with the side effects.
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