Veterinarian Ben Cunneen and vet nurse Natalie Beohm were good friends through their work at the Redlands Veterinary Clinic, near Brisbane. Last year, they ended up in adjoining hospital rooms - the latest victims of the deadly and mysterious Hendra horse virus. The virus, which was discovered in a Brisbane suburb only 15 years ago, is one of the most virulent on the planet - with a 50 percent death rate.
Presented by Anton Enus along with guests from the media, politics, academia and the community, this forum debate will look at the media's role in reflecting Australian diversity. Ten years on from Tampa and the September 11 terrorist attacks, it asks how the Australian media are shaping and describing the debate about diversity in Australia. With asylum seekers dominating debate around immigration and multiculturalism, can Australia have a debate about diversity without polarising people?
Sporting excellence can take many forms and this program introduces us to one of Australia's lesser known international champions. He's twenty-two year old Dylan Parker and he reveals how his love of his sport inspired him to soar through a terrifying medical crisis.
As one half of famed media duo 'Jono & Dano', Ian 'Dano' Rogerson enjoyed a decade-long run in the 1980s with top-rating radio shows and a string of national television programs. But while Jonathan Coleman went on to forge a career in Britain, Ian Rogerson all but disappeared from the media spotlight. Why would you jettison a successful media career? In Ian Rogerson's case, it was because of his young son, Jack. Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Jack Rogerson was hyperactive, could barely speak and was unable to express ordinary affection. Like many parents of autistic children, Ian and his wife Nicole were left struggling to find their way.
Ian Conway is a man determined to make a difference. Twenty years ago he made a promise to an Aboriginal elder. It was a big promise and for years Ian was haunted by the fact that he hadn't delivered. His commitment was partly motivated by his own early years as a homeless child in the camps around Alice Springs. Despite the toughest of starts in life, Ian Conway went to school and even became a prefect. Many years later, after carving a station out of of the bush in Central Australia and creating a successful tourist enterprise, he finally turned his mind to the 'unfinished business' of his promise to his friend.
Peter Andrews is a farmer and horseman with passion for healing damaged Australian landscapes through a method he calls natural sequence farming. For decades it seemed no one would listen. But, increasingly scientific test results are providing persuasive evidence that the methods can work. And some very high profile supporters are throwing their weight behind Peter Andrews.
Discover the realities of open-sea sailing as Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person ever to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world, aims to give his fellow adventurers - newsman John Simpson and polar explorer Ranulph Fiennes - a taste of his world as a professional sailor. They attempt to sail on a voyage around Cape Horn, the most forbidding stretch of water on the planet.
In the history of sports, few names are more recognisable than that of Evel Knievel. Long after the man hung up his famous white leather jumpsuit and rode his Harley into the sunset, his name is still synonymous with the death-defying lifestyle he led. Notoriously brash, bold and daring, Knievel stared death in the face, but few know the larger-than-life story of the boy from Butte, Montana. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge and actor-producer Johnny Knoxville take a candid look at the American daredevil and icon.
A Boy Called Alex: the Concert is the sequel to Alex: A Passion for Life. The concert features highlights from the astonishing production of Bach's St Matthew Passion, conducted by Alex Stobbs. Cambridge music scholar and cystic fibrosis sufferer, Alex Stobbs captured the heart of the nation with his inspiring story of hope and determination. Battling his crippling disease, Alex continues to turn his musical dreams into reality.
He conducted the St Matthew Passion in front of a packed house of 800 paying audience members at the famous Cadogan Hall in London.
Forty years after it happened, this is the never before told true story of the courage and compassion, the heartbreak and heroes of the Granville Train Disaster. For the first time, survivors and rescuers are reunited to recall the fateful moments on January 18, 1977 when a regular train ride from the Blue Mountains to work, a shopping trip to the city or a school holiday adventure instead became a journey that would end as Australia's worst rail tragedy. The full story behind the crash of the 6.09am Mount Victoria service to Central Station, Sydney, which derailed and brought down Granville's Bold Street Bridge, crushing two crowded carriages and eventually claiming 83 lives.
Four years ago Australian Story featured a farmer and horse breeder called Peter Andrews who seemed to have a rare ability to transform degraded Australian landscapes into thriving oases. He called it natural sequence farming and it was producing some spectacular results. But for nearly thirty years, Peter Andrews' work was rejected by scientists, bureaucrats and politicians alike - until the evidence became difficult to ignore.
When Justin Yerbury's family members began to die from motor neurone disease he made a life-changing decision. He turned his back on a professional basketball career and enrolled in a science degree. Almost 20 years later, he is an internationally recognised expert on the disease, leading the way in the search for a treatment. Recently, however, Justin's work took on a terrible urgency as he too developed symptoms of MND. As Australian Story filmed with Justin and his family, his condition deteriorated dramatically, requiring difficult decisions to enable him to continue his search for a cure. Having met Justin in 2017, Professor Stephen Hawking recorded the introduction to this story shortly before his death from motor neurone disease.
Brisbane woman Emma Betts was living her dream as an aid worker in East Timor when someone suggested she have a mole on her back checked. A year after she had it removed, melanoma showed up in most of her major organs. At 22 years of age, she was given only months to live. Reeling from the diagnosis, Emma was shocked to learn that melanoma is now the most common cancer killer in 20- to 39-year-olds. Emma fell in love, got married and then devoted herself to a blog called Dear Melanoma (http://www.dearmelanoma.com). Her honest account of living with terminal cancer and her candid acceptance of her impending death endeared her to tens of thousands. Using her newfound fame she began campaigning for better awareness of the disease among her generation and in the process has helped save others' lives. Introduced by radio host Sarah Wills.
We're looking at technology and the problems of cyber attacks. There's a robot who can take your place at school, the fine print you are asked to sign up to on social media, and lessons in a virtual classroom.
First in the tank is a 33-year-old looking for investment in her food business, Be Fit Food. Next, three mates pitch their Beer Pal app. Finally, will the Sharks bite on a motorcycle adventure business?
A look at kids making a difference in their world. We check out kids taking on guide dog puppy training; how a Minecraft design became a playground reality, changing school uniform policy; and turning puppies into sheepdogs.
Is Asperger's syndrome the next stage of human evolution? Professor Tony Attwood believes the "out of the box" thought processes of people on the autism spectrum will solve the world's big problems. He is credited with being the first clinical psychologist to present Asperger's syndrome not as something to be "fixed " but as a gift, evidenced in many of the great inventors and artists throughout history. Professor Attwood is highly regarded for his ability to connect with and bring out the talents of people with Asperger's. He describes himself as a translator between the "neurotypical" and Asperger's worlds. But while Professor Attwood has reached the top of his field, he reveals on Australian Story the personal cost of a missed diagnosis in his own family. Early in his career, he didn't see the signs of Asperger's in his son Will. The consequences were devastating for everyone.
Concluding the story of Dassi Erlich and her two sisters, who are fighting to extradite their former headmistress from Israel to face sexual abuse charges. After the alleged abuse against the three sisters came to light in 2008, principal Malka Leifer was stood down by the Adass Israel school which facilitated her immediate departure to Israel. Although Australian authorities have been trying to extradite her for several years Malka Leifer convinced the Israeli courts she was too mentally unwell to face a hearing. That prompted an undercover operation to prove her mental fitness which recently resulted in Malka Leifer's return to jail. For Dassi and her two sisters - Nicole and Elly - justice finally seems closer than ever before.
Leading The Way
Graham Long’s decision to retire presented a real challenge for Sydney's Wayside Chapel. How best to replace a visionary pastor who had served the city's homeless and vulnerable for 14 years?
When Graham took over as pastor in 2004, the iconic Sydney institution had gone to wrack and ruin. Under his leadership, it grew from a crumbling drop-in centre for the homeless to a vibrant community offering a range of services for those in need.
Graham always remembered a young social worker-turned-pastor he had met in Western Sydney. Jon Owen had thrown in a comfortable middle-class existence in Melbourne to move his family to Sydney's Mt Druitt and run a mini version of the Wayside from his lounge room.
Jon joined Wayside Chapel as assistant Pastor in 2016, and after a robust international search, he successfully won the role as CEO and Pastor in 2018.
Now installed as the new pastor, Jon is proving a popular choice, bringing generational change and continuing the same unconditional love that the Wayside is famous for.
Dassi Erlich and her two sisters are a formidable force. Their ongoing battle to extradite former headmistress Malka Leifer from Israel to face sexual abuse allegations in Australia has made headlines across the globe. But despite the public attention, the personal stories of the three sisters have remained largely private. In the first program of a two-part special, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper give their first Australian interviews and, together with Dassi, speak candidly about their time at the Adass Israel school in Melbourne. The program also features extracts from Dassi Erlich's teenage diary which provide a haunting account of her traumatic childhood. Introduced by Ted Baillieu, former premier of Victoria.
Hannah and Eliza find out how to make friends and be popular. They follow old and new advice on making conversation, planning a party and being the perfect hostess. Eliza uses the internet to become a cool girl and find her squad.
We check out some health issues including what it's like to have epilepsy, whether sunglasses should be compulsory at school, are vitamin supplements necessary, and a kid who made hospital parking affordable.
A look at the lives of kids from the country. How they get their education, live with natural disasters and how they contribute to life on a farm. There's also an amazing mural on country wheat silos featuring local students.
A look at the environmental issues making the news. We check out clean coal and whether it's an effective alternative. Banning balloons from outdoor celebrations, plus a nine-year-old taking on the US government.
Our focus is on animals, including why whales sometimes beach themselves. We check out a platypus census and see how facial recognition technology is helping the weedy seadragon. Then to Mongolia for some eagle hunting.
When medical student Dinesh Palipana was left a quadriplegic after a horrific car accident, he was told he would never become a doctor. Unable to feel anything in his arms and legs, he knew as a third-year medical student that his spine had been damaged and his life had changed forever. Not even his best friends thought he would be able to finish medical school. Eight years later, he's one of the top young medicos working in busy Gold Coast University Hospital. Introduced by Queensland Ambulance Service medical director Dr Stephen Rashford.
How should young ladies navigate the workforce? Eliza 'goes big' to get an employer's attention and tests being a bitch to get ahead. Hannah tests the old method of being a nurturing mother to the boys at work.
Children growing up amongst poverty, drug addiction or chronic unemployment have the odds stacked against them. But with strength and resilience, some kids can break the cycle and disadvantage. Marc Fennell profiles three such young people and asks what it takes to survive growing up tough?
As Western Australia reels in shock from a succession of family mass murders, Perth advocate Dr Ann O’Neill offers a powerful message of hope.
Twenty-four years ago, Ann’s estranged husband killed their two children and left her an amputee. She turned her grief into good and rebuilt her life to become one of the country’s leading trauma experts.
In this update of a powerful episode from 2004, we follow Ann as she works with the Margaret River community in the wake of May's horrific mass killing.
As she helps those struggling with sudden loss, Ann offers hard-won wisdom about how to carry on in the face of sadness and grief.
John Guthrie and Dennis Cash never wanted kids. In fact, they had never even discussed the idea. But 20 years ago, an ad in the local paper made them stop and think - did they have what it takes to foster a child? Ignoring the doubts of friends and overcoming their own misgivings about how they may be perceived as a same sex couple, they decided to become foster parents. And, despite a rocky start and some bumps along the way, 'the daughters' and 'their Dads' have morphed into a remarkable 21st-century family. After two decades of fostering and mentoring teenage girls from diverse backgrounds, including Africa and Afghanistan, John and Dennis are the proud fathers of a growing family. In this intimate tale of domestic life, we hear what it's like to foster and be fostered - the pratfalls, the pitfalls and the complicated joys that only family can bring.
Sydney-born woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk was living in Minneapolis and weeks away from her wedding when she was shot dead by a US police officer in shocking circumstances that are yet to be explained.
Taryn Brumfitt is the Adelaide mother-of-three behind a global movement inspiring women to make peace with their bodies.
Like many mothers, Taryn loathed her post-baby shape and threw herself into dieting and bodybuilding to attain the ‘perfect’ body.
Realising it was an impossible ideal, she made the choice to love her body instead and posted a photo of her "real" body online … and the response was extraordinary.
Taryn started a movement, made a documentary and is now knocking on Hollywood’s door to spread the message that women should embrace the skin they're in.
Will he stay or will he go? It's the biggest question in Australian football right now. After weeks of criticism, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has sat down for a one-on-one with Australian Story to address the intense speculation surrounding his future.
Mike Willesee is considered a legendary journalist, with a career spanning 50 years on programs such as Four Corners and This Day Tonight before creating A Current Affair. Now he faces his greatest challenge to date - throat cancer.
Eddie Woo is Australia's most famous maths teacher. He first came to prominence with Wootube - his free YouTube channel that went viral with its fun and easy to understand explanations of difficult maths concepts. Over the past year since Australian Story first profiled Eddie, his career has skyrocketed. He's gone from suburban high school maths teacher to award-winning celebrity, because of his unique and contagious teaching style. He was named the 2018 Australian Local Hero in the Australia Day Awards and he's in the running for the $1.3 million Global Teacher Prize - and the title of the world's best teacher. But Eddie's spectacular success has come at some cost to his own students and family.
By the time this year’s Queensland schoolboy rugby union season was over, four teenagers had broken their necks, their lives changed forever.
Two of them, Conor Tweedy and Ollie Bierhoff, should have competed against each other.
Instead, after separate accidents a week apart, they found themselves side by side in the Spinal Injuries Unit contemplating quadriplegia.In hospital, both boys threw themselves into their recoveries. One had a recovery deemed ‘miraculous’; for the other, the road back is much steeper.
Sydney GP Dr James Best was prepared to throw out the rulebook on autism as his son Sam entered adolescence. Rather than keeping him to routines and "wrapping him in cotton wool", he wanted to expose the 14-year-old to uncertainty and unpredictability.
So Dr Best decided to take a year off work, sell the family house and take his son on a backpacking trip across Africa. It was based on the idea that adolescence represents a particular opportunity for learning, similar to the period during infancy when the brain is highly receptive to change. Although the plan left the parents of some autistic children aghast, it has been hailed as "ground breaking" by researcher Dr David Trembath of Griffith University.
But nine days before he was due to leave for Africa, there was a knock on the door that turned Dr Best's life upside down.
David Pescud's crew of disabled sailors take on the deadly Sydney to Hobart, but will drama on the start line, a major problem with one of the sails and an ocean storm threaten their chances? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Can you eat meat and really care about the animals on your dinner plate? In this second Opening Shot doco, Meatwork, documentarian and meat-eater, Madeleine Parry wants to find out. So she enlists to become an abattoir meat-worker, and works her way up the production line toward the 'killbox'. With unparalleled access to a slaughterhouse, she explores the experiences of the animals we eat and the men who kill them. As she truly becomes part of the industrial meat production process, she faces the reality of killing hundreds of animals a day. Maddie wants to know the truth, but can she stomach it?
Eliza follows the path of new age enlightenment at a spirituality retreat. Hannah seeks higher meaning through charity. They consult a reliable source on growing up - their mum - on what they learnt and how to behave.
Outback nurse Gayle Woodford was working alone at night on call in the remote South Australian community of Fregon when a man came to her door asking for Panadol. Moments later she had vanished. "I knew she was in trouble," said her husband Keith Woodford who woke up the next morning to an empty bed. "I just knew". The discovery of Gayle's body in a shallow grave three days later threw the tightknit community of Fregon into freefall and ignited a debate about the security of remote area nurses working alone. In an effort to ensure they stay protected, a grassroots campaign began with the goal of introducing Gayle's Law into every parliament in the country. In this Australian Story exclusive, we hear from Gayle Woodford's husband and work colleagues for the first time and about the issues they hope can be resolved in the aftermath of her death. Introduced by Skye Kakoschke-Moore, former Senator for South Australia.
From Behind Bars
Kathleen Folbigg is serving a 30-year prison sentence for killing all four of her infant children.
During her 2003 trial the court heard that Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura were all killed by a mother who was driven to smother her children in fits of rage.
Having exhausted her rights of appeal, Folbigg has her hopes pinned on the outcome of a petition seeking a judicial review of her case.
Drafted by a Newcastle legal team and submitted three years ago to the NSW Attorney General’s department, the petition argues amongst other things that some of the medical evidence against Folbigg during the trial was flawed.
During this program we hear from Kathleen Folbigg for the first time, as she speaks out from behind bars about her conviction and the incriminating diary entries that were instrumental in securing the jury's guilty verdict.
We also hear from the then NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, who remains firmly of the belief that the jury got it right.
When Australian Story first filmed with Dr Justin Yerbury, the world-renowned scientist’s research into motor neurone disease had taken on a terrible urgency. Diagnosed with the disease in 2016, his condition had begun to deteriorate dramatically.
By last Christmas he was unable to breathe unassisted and without major surgery to provide permanent mechanical ventilation he wouldn’t survive.
Determined to continue his search for a cure and spend more time with his family, he had the operation and when the episode aired early in the year he was in ICU, struggling with post-operative complications. He would remain there for six months.
But the past couple of months have seen some remarkable developments. Not only has he finally returned home, he is now going into the office two days a week to continue his vital research into the disease.
Australian Story caught up with Justin and his family to record his astonishing progress.
When scientist Jim Bowler saw a human skeleton emerging from the sandhills of the remote Willandra Lakes in 1974, he had no idea his chance discovery would radically rewrite Australian history. The full excavation revealed a complete skeleton covered in red ochre and in astonishingly good condition. Scientists would date Mungo Man at around 42,000 years old, pushing back the known date of human occupation in Australia by thousands of years. But for Mungo Man's traditional owners, the Mutthi Mutthi, Ngiyampaa and Paakantyi/Barkandji peoples, his discovery and removal to Canberra was a deep source of upset. When his remains were finally returned to country late last year it was an emotional homecoming for all, including Jim Bowler.
For Belinda Green, beauty was a ticket out of a difficult childhood. She was crowned Miss World in 1972 and was Australia's 'it girl' during the '70s. But something was missing in her life. She began caring for injured wildlife and eventually met an extraordinary vet, Dr Howard Ralph, who inspired a new career path. Now in her sixties, Belinda Green is studying to become a veterinary nurse while volunteering with Dr Ralph in his remarkable wildlife surgery in Braidwood.
As journalist Allan Clarke digs deeper into events on the night Mark Haines died, he discovers more about his last few hours. As he cracks the case wide open, he is led to the man he believes is the killer.
Elisha Rose has lived with the shame and stigma of her father's actions since she was 13 years old. In 1998, Lindsey Rose was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences, never to be released. But rather than being consumed by trauma, Elisha is determined to atone for her father's crimes.
The Matildas are the "darlings" of Australian sport right now. Their recent run of wins and positive style of play have seen them catapult to No.4 in the world rankings and attract media attention like never before. But it has been a long hard road to football fame. Today's celebrity footballers were yesterday's "circus freaks". We go behind the scenes with today's team and legends of the game as they reflect on the events that have shaped today's Matildas. Introduced by Matildas striker Samantha Kerr.
Blood on the Tracks
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this episode may contain images and voices of people who have died.
Over the next two weeks Australian Story and the ABC’s Unravel podcast series will be exploring the mysterious death of teenager Mark Haines.
When Mark’s body was found on train tracks near Tamworth 30 years ago his family were immediately suspicious- was there more to his death than met the eye?Despite the family’s concerns police dismissed any idea of foul play and closed the file on the case. It was only when ABC journalist Allan Clarke embarked on a five year investigation that things started to change. Police have now reopened the case and the podcast team have discovered startling new evidence which suggests Mark’s death was no mere misadventure.
About 1 billion people around the world live with a disability – that’s roughly 15 per cent of our global population. Learn about and promote awareness of the challenges that people with disability face.
Celebrate and acknowledge International day of sign languages by viewing this collection with your class featuring video content about the lives of individuals who use sign language as well as schools that support them.
Resilience, rights and respectful relationships can be modelled at school to inform students about positive relationships at school, home and the world. Share this playlist that focuses on building positive relationships.
Bullying sucks whether it is online, at school or in a workplace, there is no space for it in our lives. Find more about bullying experiences and how to combat issues related to bullying in this playlist.
There is no space for bullying, whether it is in the playground, classroom or online. No way! View this collection, which deals with all aspects of bullying and how it can be prevented. (ACPPS074,VCHPEP092,VCHPEP109)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.