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Year 12 Graduation Speech: From School to the World

I remember when I was at high school, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to past graduates returning to share their stories of how they had shaped their lives after leaving school. I remember feeling excited at the possibility of all that awaited me. Some 15 years later, I was invited to return to my high school Read More

To travel or not to travel?

My friends are often jealous because they think I travel a lot. I have pinned 314 cities in 40 countries on my travel map, marking the cities that I have visited. But still, some people are travelling more than me. I don’t feel that I travel that much, so I keep travelling. I just can Read More

Death Enchantment for Life Enhancement

Rose Sexton is a death doula who lives in Mount Beauty in Victoria. She supports those who are dying and those who are living to live a more conscious life. Carolyn: Hi Rose. Can you tell me about what a death doula is and why you were drawn to this role?   Rose: Death doulas Read More

Mothering The Body

Motherhood. It wasn't something that I had ever really pictured for myself. When I was a little girl, I didn't dream of a big white wedding or of having my own brood. I was probably too absorbed in my own world - first, running around imagining the ghosts and witches that inhabited the farm where Read More

Pakistani Boy A Long Way From Home

It had been a long day of translating and photographing in Idomeni in Greece, which was at the time the largest refugee camp in Europe. As usual, every single inch of the waiting room of the nearby hotel was filled. Volunteers littered every surface they could find. I was headed to Athens that night. I Read More

In 2013, I started OIC Cambodia — an initiative to build speech therapy as a profession in Cambodia. Back then, the scope of the problem was so large that I couldn’t walk away from it. Now, I’m about to hand over leadership. Stepping back from OIC, the organisation I founded, will be bittersweet, but this move isn’t Read More

Shiva’s story begins on the island of Fiji, in the poverty stricken town of Ba and it’s no coincidence that his upbringing has influenced the direction of his life, as well as his drive to make a meaningful difference. Here he shares his story, from humble beginnings to big ambitions – all in the hope Read More

Act Like You Matter

With what’s happening in the world today, it is more important than ever to act like you matter. Part of this means speaking out and taking action for change. The other half of it is caring for yourself. And to be brutally honest, your good intentions mean nothing if you’re not well enough to follow Read More

Amina* was twelve-years-old when her family fled war-torn Afghanistan in search of a safer life.   Two years ago her family packed their most sacred belongings into a backpack. Photographs, treasured items and three pairs of clothing were all they could fit. Along the way, Amina’s backpack was stolen. She lost her favourite top and Read More

She has the red sand under her skin

Donna Giliam wandered Australia for years – from the desert to the Kimberley to the tropics and back to the desert again. During this time, she worked and studied hard with her eldest daughter in tow. After years of travel and immersion in some of Australia’s most remote indigenous communities, Donna finally finished her studies Read More

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