19 August 2020 - Mental Health in a COVID World
As we face the reality of a COVID-19 world, mental health has risen to the surface as an immediate and far-reaching health challenge. While the acute health impacts of the virus are well-known, and the economic effects of the lockdown are impossible to ignore, mental health challenges can be harder to define and more difficult to treat. As fear, worry, and stress become the new normal, it's more important than ever to look after our mental health and make peace with this strange new world.
19 August 2020 - Working from Home Here to Stay
The coronavirus pandemic continues to shake up the global workplace, with more people working from home than ever before. Once the domain of artists, freelance writers, and IT professionals wearing shorts, working from home has become the new normal for millions of people across the professional landscape. According to some experts, this trend is here to stay, as workers and businesses benefit from more flexible work arrangements, improved health and environmental outcomes, and a better work/life balance.
18 August 2020 - House Prices Down but Measured
Australian house prices continue to fall due to the prolonged economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The slow and measured decline can be seen across the country, with Canberra and Adelaide the only capitals to experience positive growth over the last month. According to
figures from Core Logic, national dwelling values were down -0.6% in July, with -1.6% growth recorded over the quarter for annual growth of 7.1%. While this is far from the sharp drop predicted by many experts, we are likely to see further measured declines in the months ahead.
10 August 2020 - How Aussies Spent their Stimulus Payments
The Australian Government continues to
invest record amounts of money into the national economy in an effort to insulate against the negative effects of COVID-19. Along with the massive JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs, one-off $750 stimulus payments have been made to millions of Aussies over recent weeks. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) tells us how the money has been spent, with differences between states highlighting spending pressures and the impact of COVID-19 on the ground.
3 August 2020 - Hobbies at Home
The last few months have been challenging
for everyone, as social distancing and isolation make the world a smaller and less friendly place. While keeping people apart is designed to bring us together in the long-run, it also gives us time and space for introspection and self-discovery. Lots of people around the world are discovering new hobbies during this time, with others exploring old hobbies or turning personal interests into small business opportunities.
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