Judges, barristers and court transcribers reveal what it's like to work in criminal law, from how they handle the sordid, lurid details to the complex, nefarious characters they come across.
How old is too old to have a child? This week on Insight we explore the trend of the older parenthood. Is it better late than never? While Australia's overall birth rate continues to fall, older mothers are bucking the trend. The fertility rate for mothers aged 45-49 doubled between 2004-2014. We speak to older mothers, including comedian Mary Coustas, who became a mother via IVF at 49; older fathers such as Kevin King who became a dad again at 70; and the children of older parents such as Ozzie Colley whose father was 92 at the time of his birth.
How do you rebound from failure? Failure - we fret it, we shun it, and we question ourselves whenever it happens. But can failure be a blessing in disguise? Former Socceroos skipper Paul Wade, Showpo's Jane Lu, the Leyland Brothers' Mal Leyland, and Miss Chu's Nahji Chu join Insight and discuss the concept of failure. How does it feel to lose everything? And what does it take to bounce back?
How do you deal with the unanswered questions when someone you love goes missing? This week on Insight: living with the unknown when someone you love goes missing. Australia has around 1800 long-term missing people. For their families and loved ones, the ambiguity surrounding their fate can be a living nightmare. 'Ambiguous loss' differs from the grief experienced when a loved one dies because there is no verification of death, no body to mourn. It freezes the grieving process and prevents resolution. And it can get worse because you don't have all the pieces of the puzzle to accept what's happened. This week Insight takes you inside the lives of families living with ambiguous loss.
Every day, we encounter different messages and strategies about how to live a healthy lifestyle. Public health messages aiming to address the obesity epidemic have increased our health awareness, while bloggers and social media personalities share their advice on what they think is best for our bodies. Almost two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese. But disordered eating, according to some experts, is on the rise and in need of more attention. What happens when the drive to be healthy becomes unhealthy? This week on Insight, we hear from people whose healthy habits have strayed into the dangerous territory of disordered eating. At what point did they tip over into being unhealthy? And how have they dealt with it?
Why are more older women becoming homeless? This week on Insight, we reveal the true extent of a hidden issue: women and homelessness. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data shows the number of women over 55 accessing support for homelessness is increasing at a faster rate than it is for men. Experts say this is a growing problem that should be getting urgent attention from policy makers. Support services say women in this age group are more likely to be the hidden homeless; not sleeping rough on the street but house-sitting, couch-surfing, living in cars or moving between their friends' and children's homes. Many of these women have led 'traditional' lives - they've been employed most of their life, raised children, cared for ageing parents and paid taxes. But as they age, their health deteriorates, work opportunities slow and rents rise, they find themselves unable to afford a roof over their head. Our guests explain how it could happen to anyone. Di Hill, Christine Kent and Kath Reynders share their stories this week on Insight; the stories of the increasing number of older women on the edge.
Are our soldiers equipped for the transition to everyday life? Veterans groups say around 30 percent of veterans in Australia are unemployed. That's much higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.6 percent. A veteran's problems can often be made worse when applying for compensation with the Department of Veterans Affairs with some claims taking years to be processed and paid. The RSL was once the place veterans turned to for support after their service but that's changed. There are now more than 3000 ex-service organisations and many veterans say the RSL is outdated doesn't represent the modern veteran. This week, Insight speaks with veterans James Hancock, Kiel Goodman and Brad Watts to see how prepared they were for civilian life and what can be done to make it easier.
Please note this episode contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault. "What happens if you decide halfway through sex that you don't want to do it?" asks Insight host Jenny Brockie. This week on Insight, young people dish the dirt on sex and sexting. Not the mechanics of it, but what it's like to navigate sexual encounters and how you work out whether or not you've got the green light to go ahead and have sex.
What's it like to be a teen parent? This week on Insight, we hear from teenagers about what it's like to become a parent before you planned to. How do you decide what to do? What happens when your world finds out? And how are you treated when you become a parent?
What's it like growing up with a sibling with a disability? Around 1.4 million Australians have a profound or severe disability. Siblings play a vital role in their early lives, but little is known about their experience. How do they view their relationship? What role do they expect to play in their brother's or sister's adult life? This week on Insight, we hear how Jodie Chambers, Luke Thorne, Sarah McCarthy, Yvonne Whittaker-Rush and other siblings deal with the many and varied experiences of growing up and growing older with brothers and sisters with disabilities.
Solo Parents More and more single women are making the choice to become solo parents. As fertility deadlines approach, a new generation of women aren’t prepared to wait forever for 'Mr Right' to come along and risk missing out on the opportunity to have a child if a partner doesn’t arrive in time. So Plan B is now a popular option: to go it alone with the help of a sperm donor. IVF clinics around the country are reporting the demand for donor sperm by single women is soaring as women are taking things into their own hands and fulfilling their dreams of being a mother. Forty-one year old Anita Fox is typical of a number of professional women who've decided in their late thirties to have a baby without a partner. After a divorce, Anita didn’t want another relationship - but did want a baby - and she’s now a proud mother of two year-old Grace. Amanda Hendren decided in her late thirties that she wanted to become a solo mum, and soon after gave birth to baby Elijha. But in the first few years she was hit with depression and discovered, much to her shock, that motherhood “didn’t give me any value”. It took her several years to really settle into the role. Stephanie Holt, at 26, decided she didn't want to wait to meet the right man to be the father of her children, and embarked on IVF treatment to become a solo mum. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy. We speak to a number of women like Anita, Stephanie and Amanda who’ve chosen the donor sperm path, about the joys and challenges of solo parenting. We also speak to those in the process of trying to become solo parents via IVF and the children of single mothers by choice to reflect on the long term implications of being brought into the world via donor conception. And it’s not only women choosing to solo parent. A growing number of men are also choosing pursue parenthood alone, like Anthony Stralow, a single dad of three children who used two overseas surrogates and an egg donor to create the family he’d always wanted. On Insight we examine the growing child-rearing trend of solo parenting by choice.
Why are rates of mental illness so high among junior doctors and nurses? What is it like being a new medical professional in a hospital? How do you cope with the long days, high stakes, death and trauma? Mental health organisation Beyondblue surveyed more than 12,000 doctors in 2013 and found those in training were almost twice as likely to cite very high levels of psychological distress compared to senior doctors. A 2009 survey published in the Medical Journal of Australia also showed 71 percent of junior doctors were concerned about their physical or mental health. Coronial records show 20 doctors took their own lives between 2007 and 2016 in NSWalone. Likewise, nurses - particularly female nurses - also have high rates of mental distress. A 2016 study of suicides over 12 years found female nurses and midwives had a suicide rate almost triple that of women in non-health professions. This week's Insight speaks with junior doctors and nurses to ask, how can we provide better care for those who care for us?
Can changing our gut bacteria change us? According to the Gut Foundation, in the past 12 months around half the Australian population will have complained about some kind of digestive problem. Following the release of his book on the gut, Dr Michael Mosley returns to Insight for a discussion with fellow experts and ordinary Australians about how the gut can play an integral role in our overall physical and mental health. We discover that improving the wellbeing of this unglamorous organ can have profound effects - whether you have existing gut issues or not.
What happens when grandparents are left holding the baby? Grandparents are now the most popular form of child care in Australia. They are busily babysitting nearly half of Australia's young children. But how much should be expected of grandparents when it comes to raising the kids? This week on Insight, we hear from grandparents, parents and grandchildren on the highs and lows of grandparents looking after the kids.
Are we getting autism diagnosis right? When a child is slow to walk and talk, alarm bells can start to ring for mums and dads who know instinctively that something is not right. In many cases, concerned parents are comforted by doctors who say it's nothing serious and all children develop at different rates. And perhaps the child goes on to grow up normally. But for some children, these developmental delays can be the first signs of something that can stay with them for life. Getting an autism diagnosis can be a confronting experience for a child. The impact of an autism diagnosis is also felt by parents. For some, it's a welcomed answer to difficult behaviour or even aggression from their child in their early years. For other parents, it's a devastating prospect that their child may not be like other children, and their doctors don't really know why. For some, an autism diagnosis is the only way to get much needed funding for their child's needs. This week Insight looks at what an autism diagnosis actually means - for individuals, for families, for clinicians, and for the healthcare system.
How is dowry custom evolving in Australia? Dowry practices are alive and well in Australia, not only in sections of the Indian community, but dowry or bride price is widespread amongst the African and Islamic communities too. This week on Insight we examine the future of dowry in Australia and hear the stories of new communities struggling with old traditions.
How do you break free from a cycle of crime, violence or disadvantage? From the high ranks of bikie gangs to serious drug felonies on the streets of Cabramatta, how do you turn your life around when violence and crime are the norm? Do circumstances dictate our path in life or can effort and freewill change it? This week, Insight hears inspiring stories of people who have broken free from a cycle of disadvantage, violence, crime.
How do champions cope with life after sport? Basketball great, Lauren Jackson, and former Sydney Swans captain, Barry Hall, have both revealed their struggles with mental health and wellbeing since retiring from professional sport. Jackson joins a cast of sporting champions, including fellow Olympians Libby Trickett, Matthew Mitcham, Jana Pittman and some of Australia's most elite professional sports stars, as they share their experiences of life after sport with a room full of Australia's future athletes. A 2015 Australian study surveyed 224 elite athletes after retirement and found the most common mental health issues experienced were depression, eating disorders, and general psychological distress - though these issues occurred at the same rate as they do in the wider community. Nonetheless, the public nature of their lives makes struggling with change and transition a unique challenge for our sporting heroes. This week on Insight, champions come together to share laughs, tears, and their stories.
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