Now open: regional business farewells border checkpoints

Albury/Wodonga was home to a “military-style” checkpoint during the COVID-19 pandemic. This checkpoint essentially split the community in two, affecting people’s ability to get to and from work, and for local businesses to operate effectively. Hear first-hand how these border-control measures affected local business owners at the time and what the future looks like for border businesses.Continue readingNow open: regional business farewells border checkpoints

How the teacher mask mandate is affecting children’s language development

It has been a difficult time for children in ACT who have struggled with lockdowns, home learning and the compulsory wearing of masks by teachers and educators in schools. The teacher mask mandate has recently been lifted, however, there are concerns it may have affected children’s language skills during this critical time of their development.Continue readingHow the teacher mask mandate is affecting children’s language development

Severe staff shortage plagues hospitality industry post-COVID

The past two years have been a time of insecurity and the unknown. Many businesses have suffered greatly through lockdowns and are only now beginning to climb out of the rubble left by the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospitality industry was hit hard when going out for coffee or dinner became a luxury we could no longer afford.Continue readingSevere staff shortage plagues hospitality industry post-COVID

The impact of COVID-19 on Canberra nursing students

As we enter our third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that burnout has occurred within the nursing industry across Australia. But how has it affected student nurses entering the nursing industry?Continue readingThe impact of COVID-19 on Canberra nursing students

Live music after lockdown

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for Australian musicians. A survey by I Lost My Gig Australia revealed that over 32,000 events were canceled during July and August 2021 alone resulting in $94 million in lost income for the Australian music industry. What is the state of live music after two years of lockdowns and misery for musos in the nation’s capital, and should more have been done?Continue readingLive music after lockdown

‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is a book you should definitely read

What a belter of a two years, hey? COVID has well and truly kicked us in the guts and changed the lives of so many. ‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is the latest offering from Lori Gottlieb, a New York Times bestselling author. The tag line says it all – it’s constructed around her work as a therapist, her experiences with her own therapist, and the stories that unravel and reveal our lives.Continue reading‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is a book you should definitely read

Listening to First Nations Voices – episode 12

Joining us on this episode is Wendy Sommerville, a Jerrinja woman and a lecturer at the University of Canberra who has worked within the Indigenous community. Wendy discusses COVID-19 and the vaccination program, including the treatment of the Indigenous population in the ACT and around Australia during the pandemic. We touch on vaccine hesitancy in the Indigenous community and where the government might have gone right or wrong with the vaccine rollout.Continue readingListening to First Nations Voices – episode 12