Dr Amanda Samson

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The Five Keys to Happiness and Engagement at Work (Part One)

May 16<p>In our recent webinar, Increasing Happiness and Engagement at Work*, we asked the questions: When have you felt the most proud, fulfilled and …

Employee Engagement

#Mentoo: Sexual harassment is not just a female problem

It’s not just women who are the victims of sexual harassment, says Tracey Spicer.

Sexual Harassment

4 predictions for the future of work

I contemplate the future of work on a daily basis in both my professional and personal life. As a father of four children from four to 14 years old, …

Artificial Intelligence

Navigating the Complex Emotional Terrain of Teenage Girls

A tale of two 7th grade math students—a white son and a black daughter.<p>Embracing self-love is one of the best ways to become a better parent.<p>Change …


Why are all our dual citizens white?

Would the underlying principle of section 44 of the constitution – that dual citizenship implies divided loyalties inconsistent with the job of …


I thought grit would bring me success. It almost killed me.

A few years ago, my daughter came home looking pale. She’d gotten a “C” on her 6th grade French quiz and was distraught. She was afraid of how I would react.<p>“It’s not a good grade, but this was your first French test,” I told her. “You should ask the teacher if you can retake it after you study …

Self Compassion

Sir Ken speaks out

For decades the expert’s razor-sharp insights into the problems marring the sector have been met with loud applause from those hustling at the …


Gonski 2.0: teaching creativity and critical thinking through the curriculum is already happening

David Gonski’s report on Australia’s schooling system identifies three key weaknesses and proposes a set of pathways towards improvement.<p>These …


Why an 'abundance mindset' is key to getting what you want

"As children, we often absorb beliefs from the adults around us, like 'money doesn't grow on trees', which becomes our truth as adults," she says. …


The Suicide Prevention Hub: Best Practice Programs and Services

<b>What is The Suicide Prevention Hub ?</b><p>The Suicide Prevention Hub (The Hub) aims to encourage and support the use of evidence-based suicide prevention …

Mental Health

Next time you're at brunch, ask if they pay penalty rates

If you can’t afford to pay the minimum wage, you’re not running your business well.

Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students

<i>Part One in an NPR Ed series on mental health in schools.</i><p>You might call it a silent epidemic.<p>Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year.<p>So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues …

Mental Health

Exercise can prevent depression, study finds

Physical activity can prevent depression, across all ages and around the world, a new study has found.<p>You may have heard before that exercise can …

Australian Universities

Every school needs a bereavement policy

When a bereavement affects a pupil in your school, it is vital to act quickly and appropriately. Heather Butler, the author of a new book on the …




Grief In The Classroom: 'Saying Nothing Says A Lot'

Deborah Oster Pannell's husband died when her son, Josiah, was 6 years old. That week, Pannell visited Josiah's school and, with his teacher and guidance counselor, explained to his first-grade class what had happened.<p>"I'll never forget the three of us sitting up there — and all these little …


The best paid jobs for men and women, but mind the gap

Female brain surgeons earned $220,000 less than their male counterparts last year. Actuaries and judges didn't fare much better.


Cannabis and psychosis: what is the link and who is at risk?

There has been a recent global rise in “green fever”, with various jurisdictions either decriminalising or legalising cannabis.<p>But alongside relaxing …


8 war heroes you didn't learn about in school

Pemulwuy<p>Pemulwuy was one of the earliest recorded resistance fighters of the Frontier Wars. A Bidgigal man of the Darug nation he reportedly had a …

Blue Mountains

Science says you should never feel guilty about taking a break

It’s important to know how to put your head down and work hard. In an increasingly globalized economy—in which we are competing not just with each …


Why getting the most out of your employees means coaching them

Forget the gadgets and “lifehacks” to increase productivity, my research with Julia Milner shows that managers need to become coaches to get the best …

Employee Engagement

10 ways to have a better conversation

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. …

Public Speaking

Moms, It's Up To Us To Raise Daughters Who Don't Tear Each Other Down

If we work hard to empower other women, our girls will witness firsthand what female empowerment is all about.<p>There is a huge movement going on in …


Australia's workplaces are transforming: search where the jobs will be in 2024

An extra 1.9 million people will be employed by 2024. Here are the jobs that will decline and the jobs set to surge.

Free Trade

The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours. But we don’t all recognise these colours in the same way.<p>Some people can’t see differences …


How misogyny, narcissism and a desperate need for power make men abuse women online

“Another morning, another bit of casual misogyny & abuse”, ABC journalist Leigh Sales lamented last week after receiving a tweet accusing her of …

Digital Tools and Distraction in School

In a similar article, “With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking in Class?,” Holly Korbey explores research around student study …


Emotional intelligence: What it is and why you need it

When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform …

What Happens to Student Behavior When Schools Prioritize Art

Principal number six, Andrew Bott, arrived in 2010. People had told him that becoming principal at Orchard Gardens would be a career killer. He knew …


Wiradjuri words show the power of learning Australia's first languages

Acknowledging Australia’s traditional owners of country and paying respect to Indigenous elders past and present has become a normal part of …