Dog used to teach social skills to children

PSYCHOLOGIST Vanessa Thiele has chosen to use a dog as the main character of a book aimed at fostering children’s “social and emotional intelligence, work ethic and grit”. Thiele says these are “mind...

Greek myth in modern mind games

Little did she know as she grew up, but it was probably inevitable that Alexandra Dellaportas’s artistic eye would see creative possibilities when learning about her wider family’s history. Talking w...

Celebration and sadness mark bravery award

FIVE years after her husband was murdered in front of her in a drug-fuelled attack, Bridget O’Toole has been awarded The Royal Humane Society of Australasia’s 2017 Clarke Gold Medal. The Clarke Medal...

Changing schools can be a backward step

CHANGING schools can have a detrimental effect on a student’s mental health and academic performance. Exploring the effects of “school transition on student wellbeing” formed the basis of a talk give...

A new story for all writers

EVERY story has an ending but another tale is always about to begin. That’s certainly the case for writer Mairi Neil who closed the book on 20 years as founder of the Mordialloc Writers’ Group when s...

Family ties history together

HEARING tales of years and decades gone by has inspired Chelsea resident Kaye Musgrove to write a memoir of her father that also provides an insight into life in the area throughout the past nine dec...

Saving lives around the world

A SURGEON based at Frankston Hospital also leads another medical life — as a specialist medical officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Commander Ian Young has been deployed several times to war zones ...