Friday, July 6, 2012
Now Atlassian - a billion-dollar business built by two Sydney friends in an apartment and then an office above a sex shop 10 years ago - is widely tipped to be the first Australian tech startup to go public during the current boom.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
ONE in five Victorian two-year-olds are overweight, a landmark Australian study has found
But researchers have discovered that parents have a window until their kids start school to take action before the negative health effects start to kick in.
The study, of more than 16,000 two- to 18-year-olds by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, found the happiest, healthiest kids in Australia are of a normal weight.
Although toddlers who are overweight or obese don't suffer any health defects until they start school, by the time they are adolescents their health will be considerably worse than their normal-weight peers.
By the time children hit their late teens, those who are overweight or obese have more special health needs, more wheezing and asthma, poor sleep patterns, and poorer physical and social functioning.
The study found being underweight was more of a health issue for toddlers, but this changed by the time the children were six or seven when the effects of obesity started to show in health outcomes.
"In young children, lack of obesity impacts coupled with heightened concern about underweight is likely to impede efforts to systematically address early-onset obesity," Prof Wake said.
The study found 20 to 25 per cent of children were overweight or obese at all ages, and around 5 per cent were underweight.
heraldsun.com.au 27 Jun 2012
There are factors which can contribute to child obesity.
Some are genetic, which can be improve the health of a child by the correct diet.
Some factors include laziness of the parents, with the easy choice of junk food as the main diet.
The above 'choice' can be considered as child abuse.
Bullying in high school may be a sign of later antisocial behaviour, a long term study of 800 young Australians has found.
The study, to be presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies annual conference, found likely offences by late teens included theft, burglary, assault, selling drugs and vandalism.
Lead researcher Suzanne Vassallo said 27 per cent of boys and 14 per cent of girls surveyed had been involved in bullying, either as victims or perpetrators.
Bullies had twice the chance of becoming criminals later in life.
"The findings provide further evidence that bullying in adolescence may be a marker of risk for a continuing pattern of antisocial behaviour," Ms Vassallo said.
"This does not mean that every schoolyard bully is destined to become a criminal.
"However, if unchecked, bullying by early teens can be a powerful marker for a tendency towards anti-social behaviour later on, particularly for males.
"It underscores the importance of early intervention initiatives."
Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation, said it would be interesting to track young people backwards to see what had led them to engage in bullying behaviour.
"We need to assess the toxic stress in their lives, particularly what's been going on from birth to eight," he said.
Dr Judith Slocombe, CEO of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, said the findings confirmed existing research.
heraldsun.com.au 30 Jun 2012
Leafy eastern suburb Canterbury had a median household weekly income of $2350 last year, compared to $746 for Broadmeadows and $832 in Dandenong.
Nillumbik Shire in the city's north had the second highest income of any municipality, with Eltham North households earning $2098 a week.
Eltham mother-of-five Kate Pincheira said she was surprised to hear the average household income in the area was one of the highest in Melbourne.
She and her husband Dave bought a granny flat about 10 years ago, which they have rebuilt into a townhouse-style family home.
"What appealed to us was the local environment, the hilly geography and the trees. And also the fact that it's not that far from the city," Ms Pincheira said.
Over in Sunshine in the west, the weekly income was less than $1000, according to an analysis of census data by Monash University.
Monash demographer Dr Bob Birrell said house prices rising faster in some suburbs had led to growing income disparities between rich and poor areas.
"You are getting more concentrations of affluent people in places like Boroondara and higher concentrations of less affluent people in areas such as Brimbank and Greater Dandenong," he said.
Dr Birrell said a contributing factor was the tendency of newly arrived, non-English-speaking migrants to settle in poorer suburbs.
Census data compiled by Dr Birrell's team reveals how the relative wealth of some suburbs is increasing while falling for others. In Boroondara, median household weekly income was 31 per cent higher than the Melbourne average in 2001, but grew to 42 per cent by 2011.
Conversely, Greater Dandenong's household income was 28 per cent lower than the Melbourne average last year, compared to being 24 per cent lower a decade ago.
RICH VS POOR
Council area/median weekly household income 2001/2006/2011
The number has jumped almost 30 per cent in five years and the latest figures showed an extra eight patients were taking up hospital beds every day compared with 2008-09.
Alcohol-induced falls, assaults and motor vehicle accidents made up 27 per cent of hospital admissions.
People abusing alcohol, binge drinking and having alcohol-related mental problems made up 46 per cent of admissions.
The Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook 2009-10 published this month showed drunk patients were racking up 112,000 bed days a year.
And the problem was not restricted to inner-city areas, with health centres in rural areas also feeling the pressure.
Thousands of drinkers showed up in Barwon, the Grampians, Gippsland and Hume.
Victorian nurses union boss Lisa Fitzpatrick said hospitals were losing the battle with alcohol, putting at risk the safety of nurses and other patients.
Turning Point researcher Belinda Lloyd said the report showed the problem was not isolated to a particular demographic.
"This isn't just an issue affecting young people, it is affecting the whole community," Dr Lloyd said.
"It is not just people drinking alcohol and going for a swim or driving a car either, people need to know the risks of long-term alcohol use.
"This is costing the whole community a great deal."
The latest figures come after a report tabled by Victoria's Auditor-General found alcohol abuse cost the state $4.3 billion a year.
Acting Auditor-General Peter Frost said the results showed government strategies aimed at curbing alcohol use in the community were failing.
heraldsun.com.au 1 Jul 2012
The whole idea is to have the children of the masses, in the exact state as described in the heading od the article /post.
This is a tactic used by the authorities to subdue the peasants. The English did it in America, giving liquor to the natives, they did the same to the native Australians, the Aborigines, and the same is done to the children of the canon fodder.
This is just one form of controlling the masses.