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Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.7 • 23 Ratings

Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

    Early treatment for stroke and dogs in schools

    Early treatment for stroke and dogs in schools

    Awareness about the signs of stroke is improving but not many people realise that the earlier treatments are given, the greater the chances a patient will make a full recovery. Plus how Luna the therapy dog helps students and staff at a school in Tasmania, and in the final episode of The Pineapple Project, how to save money on holidays.

    • 54 min
    Finishing high-school during the COVID years

    Finishing high-school during the COVID years

    The year elevens, who spent much of last year in remote learning, are finding themselves in the same position this year, going through year twelve. What effect is that having on their wellbeing and what implications might it have for their futures?

    • 54 min
    Your connection with the Olympics

    Your connection with the Olympics

    Every four (or so) years, the Olympics come along and sweep some of us into a fervour of cheering and armchair commentary. While many of us have no direct link to the games, for some, there can be a deeper connection, such as knowing or being related to an Olympian, having attended a past Olympic event as a participant or spectator, or taking part in a torch relay. Listeners and guests share their special Olympic connections with Life Matters.

    • 54 min
    Skateboarding makes Olympic debut and the loud sex next door

    Skateboarding makes Olympic debut and the loud sex next door

    Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport, but when lockdown stalled Olympic hopeful Hayley Wilson’s training, her mum and her town came up with an ingenious solution. Plus, the politics of curly hair amid a history of eurocentric beauty standards. And how do you cope with your neighbour’s noisy sexual escapades?

    • 54 min
    Vaccine passports and Anna Sale on learning to open up

    Vaccine passports and Anna Sale on learning to open up

    Proof of vaccination status is already being used in some parts of the world to manage spread of coronavirus. Should Australia look at adopting this approach? Plus, Death Sex and Money's Anna Sale on how even the most introverted among us can learn to talk.

    • 54 min
    Migrant workers in lockdown, home cooking and expensive pets

    Migrant workers in lockdown, home cooking and expensive pets

    While payment eligibility has improved for migrant workers in lockdown, not everyone is covered. Plus the home cooking of TikTok sensation Nathan Lyons and in The Pineapple Project, how to save money when caring for your much loved pets.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

incognito82 ,

Life does matter

This podcat is categorized "kids & family" and I found this misleading. I expected to hear about raising children, parenting issues, etc. But it is so much more and better. It's really about what matters in life through convesations. I love this show.

Samantha122 ,

Thought-provoking and thoughtful

The issues covered in this podcast are relevant to all of us, even outside of Australia, and coverage is thorough. The host creates a real community and treats subjects with intellect and compassion. I wish we had a similar program in the U.S.

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