248 episodes

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

Life Matters - Full program podcast ABC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.6 • 26 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.

    How’s your relationship with your in-laws?

    How’s your relationship with your in-laws?

    Our in-laws are often the source of many a joke or trope in western culture. These relationships get a bad rap, but they can also be a source of a great joy and support. We take your calls on how you’ve developed these important relationships. And in the Too Hard Basket, your sister in-law tries to recruit you to help in her in a family conflict. Do you get involved, or keep out of it?

    Practising empathy and Fiona Wood on skin

    Practising empathy and Fiona Wood on skin

    You may consider yourself to be an empathetic person, but do you show it in a way that others genuinely feel it? Plus, 20 years on from the Bali bombings, plastic surgeon Professor Fiona Wood reflects on that time and her ground breaking work treating burns.

    Securing your data, relieving stress with art

    Securing your data, relieving stress with art

    Millions of Optus customers have scrambled to change their passwords after a massive data breach, but how do you really keep your data secure? Plus, explore an exhibition that gets kids in touch with their senses. And what another year of La Niña will mean for allergy sufferers.

    Addressing the teacher shortage

    Addressing the teacher shortage

    There is a worldwide shortage of teachers, and with many leaving the profession because of ageing or job pressures, we have a crisis on our hands. So what can be done to address the teacher shortage, and the real problems behind it?

    Feeling sexy after 50 and breaking up with a friend

    Feeling sexy after 50 and breaking up with a friend

    Your stories on retiring the trope of older women not feeling or being sexy. Plus Noella's precious shovel, and in the Too Hard Basket, how to process the end of a friendship that's not working for you anymore.

    Representing families with disability, advice for fathers

    Representing families with disability, advice for fathers

    Children's books rarely show families who live with disability, author Eliza Hull is keen to change that. Plus advice for fathers, and how travelling around the country with his cat helped improve one man's mental health.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 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.

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Efficient or just rude?

It’s obvious that the interviewer is bored and wants to end each conversation as quickly - oh I mean efficiently - as possible ...
Time is of the essence, or is it just a pain in the neck?

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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