Diabetes is one of Australia's greatest health dilemmas. Every day, 280 people develop the condition. But can you get rid of it? Insight sits down with Dr Michael Mosley to investigate why this has become such an issue for Australians, how the food you eat impacts your blood sugar levels, and the plan he believes will reverse the disease in many sufferers.
What happens when you mix family and business? It's difficult to get along with family at the best of times. So, what's it like going into business with them? Around 70 percent of businesses in Australia are family operated - so there's something about the dynamic that works. But it can't be easy either. From divorce to fighting in-laws, favouritism and firing family: this week, Insight takes a look behind the scenes of the family business - the good, the bad and the ugly. Growing up, Jason Lea lived on the premises of the Sydney Darrell Lea chocolate factory - his family's business. Roula Angelopoulos didn't have a choice about joining her family's business when her father said it was time for her to take over his taxi fleet. Bailey's Fertilisers CEO Kim Bailey would like his children to take over the business one day. And Ivan Spehar, from Ivan's Smallgoods tells Insight that he regrets the way he treated his son when they worked together. What's the difference between a family business that succeeds, and one that fails? How do you maintain family relationships when you work together? This week, Insight guests talk business ... relatively speaking.
How do you move on from trauma? This week Insight examines how you move forward from a traumatic event. What helps and what doesn't when you're trying to put yourself back together again? According to experts, 70 percent of us experience trauma in one way or another and most people recover through their own resources. Ten percent of those people develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but in rape victims and people who have experienced the horrors of war the incidence of PTSD can be as high as 30-40 percent. We explore trauma recovery by speaking with Susan Berg, who at the age of 15 was the sole survivor of a boating accident that claimed her parents and brother. We meet Manny Waks, a sexual abuse survivor who shattered a powerful code of silence in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. We gain a deeper understanding of extreme trauma with Yordanos Haile-Michael, who survived rape, torture and being forced to serve as a child soldier in Eritrea after being kidnapped off the street at age five. And we get to know Doug Wright and Clyde Rowley, two men who collided in a devastating road accident in 2012. After the unimaginable events our guests have experienced, we ask them how they view themselves, victim or survivor? And does that language and what it symbolises matter on the road to recovery?
How do families manage acquired brain injuries? Over 700,000 Australians have a brain injury. Some of these injuries occur after birth - strokes, falls, accidents, assaults and more - and are known as acquired brain injuries (ABIs). The majority of people with these injuries acquired them before turning 25, and in many cases the primary responsibility of care has fallen up on their nearest and dearest. What does it mean for a marriage, a family unit, or a friendship after a loved one sustains an ABI? When such an injury can dramatically alter personalities, personal relationships and physical and intellectual abilities? To everyone else these injuries can go largely unnoticed, but to family and friends, it can be like losing a familiar, beloved person in their life. The emotional, physical and financial cost of looking after a loved with an ABI by high. Some estimate the costs of looking after someone with an ABI for their lifetime can be up to $5 million. This week, Insight hears the emotional stories of Australian families dealing with life after an acquired brain injury.
This week, Insight takes a look inside the classroom at how some of our most inspirational teachers engage with their students. While the declining academic performance of Australian school students in international rankings may have captured the headlines, for some students the influence of their teachers goes far beyond test results; teachers have changed their lives. Denzyl Moncrieff grew up in a tough environment. By the end of year 9 he wasn't interested in going to school or making friends. The moment when Suzy Urbaniak singled out his performance in a year 10 science test changed everything. Donna Loughran was an absent high school student. She was bored and didn't see the relevance of what she was learning at school. By Year 11, Donna had a decision to make about the kind of future she wanted. Luckily, she had Steve Duclos for legal studies and he showed her the possibilities. Omar Sawan was an angry student. He says he lost count of the number of times he was suspended from school. At one point he challenged the principal to expel him. That principal, Jihad Dib, refused and managed to see potential in an angry school kid. What happened when these students met the teacher that changed their life? This week, Insight hears their remarkable stories.
What does it take to break new ground? It only takes one person to change the game for everyone else, but what does it take for them? This week, Insight talks to IVF pioneer Professor Alan Trounson; Deborah Lawrie, Australia's first female commercial pilot; mechanic Bianca Timbers; Ian Roberts, the first and only NRL player to have come out; biomechemist Bruce Mason, who helped develop the high-tech Speedo LZR swimsuit; and biomedical engineer, inventor and futurist Dr Jordan Nguyen. We learn for those who went against the grain, challenged the status quo, and changed the game. What makes someone a nonconformist? How does it feel to do things that others say can't be done? And what are the repercussions?
What happens when a town's major industry shuts down? For 52 years, the Hazelwood Power Station - one of three in the Latrobe Valley - has been supplying up to 25 percent of Victoria's energy and generations of employment to locals. Entire families, like Connie Van Eyk's, work at the station. On March 31, 2017, it will be shut down for good, taking with it up to 1000 local jobs. Majority owners, Engie, say there's just not enough revenue being generated from Australia's oldest and dirtiest coal plant. But what will happen to the surrounding towns of Morwell, Moe and Traralgon? How will they adapt? While many have built their lives on coal, there's openness to renewables and a potential new industry in them. But without the planning for any kind of transition, many are concerned about how the region will cope in the interim. As the stoush around renewables and energy supply plays out alongside recent record-setting heatwaves, a special edition of Insight travels to the Latrobe Valley to meet the ordinary Australians on the front line of these debates.
Why are more people single? Is it choice or circumstance? Being single on the most romantic day of the year isn't always easy unless, you've proudly chosen to be single and relish being home alone while staying clear of restaurants full of loved-up couples having swanky, overpriced dinners. This Valentine's Day, Insight explores why singledom is on the rise in Australia and why are more and more people are choosing to live alone. By 2030, 30 percent of all households in this country will be single person households. But does this mean coupling up is passe? We examine the pressures on singles who come from cultural backgrounds that view marriage as the ultimate destination and why some say that dating apps, though promising true love, are actually contributing to the rise of the single person. This Insight episode explores why people are single for longer periods, both young and old. Is it by choice or circumstance? We ask whether modern singletons are actually content with their lot.
In the second part of Insight's special on women in prison, Jenny Brockie talks to the inmates about how they became involved in a crime, and life after their sentences expire. With an estimated 85 percent of women prisoners bearing responsibility of dependent children, we hear about how the women's families are affected by their being behind bars. They also talk candidly about the relationships they have on the outside, and those that start when they come into prison.
If you've ever wondered what it's like inside a maximum security prison, your questions are answered in Lockdown, an Insight two-part special. Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre has allowed Insight to bring cameras inside its towering, barb-wire-lined walls and the result is a revealing snapshot of women in prison. Four maximum security inmates reveal to the public, who really has the power in prison and what you have to do to stay safe when you're locked in with inmates who range from thieves to murderers. They show us their cells, and tell us what the food they call "slop in a box" tastes like. They share secrets about their relationships and what it means to be "gate gay" or "gay for the stay". In conversation with Jenny Brockie, the inmates speak openly about their crimes. For some it's fraud that's landed them in prison. For others, it's major drug importation or serious violence. Drug use, domestic violence and disadvantage are discussed. So too, responsibility, remorse and rehabilitation. We ask the inmates: Are you sorry for what you did?
What goes into making high stake decisions? How do we react when we are confronted with a split-second decision in the face of danger? And how does being under pressure shape the choices we make? Qantas pilot Richard de Crespigny had to make instinctive decisions based on years of experience, when one of the engines of QF32 exploded four minutes after take-off from Singapore. His quick thinking and expertise saved the lives of 469 people on board. How does time play into decision-making? Some people weigh up all the risks and go about it with reason, while others are impulsive and follow their hearts. This week, Insight hears stories of people who had to make hard choices when the stakes were high. How did they go about making those decisions and how have they dealt with the aftermath?
We know that ticks can make us sick. For many on Sydney's northern beaches a tick bite can mean no more red meat or dairy. For others a tick bite can cause flu-like symptoms and a diagnosis of tick typhus or Flinder's Island spotted fever. This week, Insight hears from patients who have been suffering from unexplainable symptoms and the doctors who are faced with a decision of how to treat them. Does the medical profession need to be more open to the possibility of tick borne illnesses? Can doctors provide a diagnosis when they don't know the cause of the illness?
Descendants of the key decision makers - how has the legacy of war shaped their lives? In Part 2 of Insight's Bloodlines special, we take you to the Asia Pacific region and talk to relatives of Harry Truman, Hideki Tojo, and Weary Dunlop on the legacy and influence their ancestors have on the present day.
Living with the legacy of World War II. In this special Insight forum, we bring you the descendants of the decision makers of the Second World War. Seventy years after the end of the war, we ask: what is it like to live in the shadow of Stalin, the Nazis or the imperial Japanese military?
"I knew there was going to be a murder and I couldn't do anything about it." - Marisa Merico Everyone has secrets. They can be small and trivial and cause no harm. But some traumatic or deep revelations can have a life-changing effect. From the personal to the communal, this week Insight guests tell us why and how they ended up revealing their deepest secrets. We explore the burden of keeping secrets and ask if it's ever a good idea to let skeletons out of the vault.
Are cosmetic procedures being normalised for young people? Increasingly, younger generations are those most willing to pay money to change their appearances - the most popular treatments being anti-wrinkle injections (Botox), fillers, laser, breast augmentations and liposuction. Demand for dermal fillers, like injectable lip and cheek enhancements, has increased by 25 percent since 2014, and Australians are now spending over $1 billion on non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
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? A 62-year-old Tasmanian woman recently became Australia's oldest new mother by giving birth to a baby girl after becoming pregnant with the help of IVF. It's her first child and her partner is 78 years old. The AMA president Dr Michael Gannon labelled the decision madness, selfish and wrong.
Can We Think Ourselves Sick? A twinge in your back; a sudden headache; a feeling of numbness in a limb; an inexplicable lump. Would you ignore the unusual feeling? Or assume the worst? For many Australians, just ignoring such feelings is not an option. Formerly known as hypochondriasis, illness anxiety disorder can see people become preoccupied by the possibility that changes in the body might be the sign of serious illness. They experience high health anxiety. Stephanie Huynh convinced herself that a lump in her back was cancer. When half of Slava Prakhily's face went numb, she was certain it was multiple sclerosis. Often these thoughts can lead us to consult Dr Google, in search of a diagnosis. The tendency to head to the internet when we're feeling sick is so common it even has a name: cyberchondria. But can the stress of a possible illness exacerbate symptoms? Is it just the anxiety that's making us feel worse? Or can the internet actually help? For others, the power of the mind over the body is less simple. Kimberlee Allen experiences non-epileptic seizures, but her brain scans are clear. Miranda Licence was suddenly unable to move in her legs without explanation. Just because there is no obvious cause, however, does not mean nothing is wrong. This week Insight asks: how much power do our brains have over our bodies? Is that power strong enough for us to think ourselves sick?
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