Life Education

Life Education

The Life Education podcast series covers everything from raising resilient kids and good nutrition, to how to deal with bullying, and keeping kids cybersafe. We look for answers and advice on the big issues facing children, parents and teachers.


March 17, 2023 17 min
Let’s talk about consent Consent is an important concept for everyone to understand. It applies to situations that occur every day, to everyone. Consent education is now mandatory in Australian schools, but consent is not just about sex. It’s an agreement regarding your rights or your body. In this podcast, host Tracey Challenor speaks to expert educators and a parent for advice on how to approach the consent conversation with yo...
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Anxiety is a mental health condition, meaning it can affect the way you think, feel and behave. Surveys suggest that anxiety may be on the rise. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around one in eight Australians (13.1%) had an anxiety related condition in 2017-18, an increase from 11.2% in 2014-15. Mental health services report this number has risen further since COVID. 

Respected author and parenting expert Michael G...

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For many parents and their children, the school journey is a long and winding road.  Along with the good times, there are also challenges – the daily demands of the school routine; separation anxiety; homework headaches; motivation issues and even bullying.  

Popular clinical psychologist Dr Judith Locke - the author of The Bonsai Student - chats with journalist Tracey Challenor about the simple ways to help your child succeed in to...

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Despite Australia having some of the freshest and healthiest food on Earth, Aussie kids and adults are falling well short when it comes to eating enough greens. Journalist Tracey Challenor chats with leading dietitian Kate Di Prima, author of More Peas Please: Solutions for Feeding Fussy Eaters, about how we can reverse the trend - which has huge potential health impacts - and also how to manage fussy eaters and food allergies. A...
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Professor Bartlett cites a recent study showing more than three quarters of Australian adults (or a little over 55%) reported their mental health had worsened since the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Newby, JM: O'Moore, K Tang, S: Christensen, H: Faasse K, 'Acute mental health responses during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia'. Plos One, Published: July 28, 2020

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This disclaimer informs listeners and readers that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the interviewee, and not necessarily to Life Education. 

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Growing up today is a lot different to what it used to be. Although we all want to raise happy kids, there are added pressures like social media, too much screen time, cyber threats and 21st century challenges beyond our control. Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project, says we can’t control the future and we can’t change the past, but we can improve our everyday outlook by practising the GEM principles – gratitude...
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This is the first episode of a two part series with The Resilience Project founder Hugh van Cuylenburg. Some teachers have a lasting impact on young lives. Hugh van Cuylenburg is one of those teachers. He was so passionate about boosting the mental health and wellbeing of young people, he developed an inspirational program called The Resilience Project. In this Life Education podcast chat with Tracey Challenor, Hugh talk...
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There’s no doubt 2020 has been a year of upheaval. The global coronavirus pandemic causing fear, unemployment, and disruption to school, work, and social lives. Join host Tracey Challenor as she chats to Dr Judith Locke, popular clinical psychologist, and best-selling author of The Bonsai Child. From how to help kids adapt to being back at school, to putting fears in perspective and stepping outside our comfort zones, or metaphoric...
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Are you struggling to get your children to eat their greens? Why won’t kids eat what’s packed in their lunchbox? And how do you make vegetables as enticing as pizza? Join host Tracey Challenor for this engaging Life Education podcast as popular naturopath, educator and holistic health blogger Georgia Harding gives the lowdown on nutrition for kids. From resisting junk food marketing, to how to get your kids eating wholesome n...
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April 28, 2020 17 min

*Episode note: "Being bullied by peers has been described as the single most important modifiable risk factor for mental illness in children and adolescents." (Scott, Moore, Sly & Norman, 2014).

Scott, JG, Moore, SE, Sly, PD and Norman RE 2013, 'Bullying in children and adolescents: A modifiable risk factor for mental illness', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 48(3), pp. 209-212.

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Is your child resilient? Host Tracey Challenor chats with best-selling author, speaker and popular Australian parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson PHD about the concept of resilience. Dr Coulson shares practical, relatable advice about what’s really needed to help our kids navigate life in the 21st century. From how much freedom is enough, to managing anxiety, and why it’s important to slow down and give kids time to just ‘be’, t...
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Never have we been more focused on our health and wellbeing than right now, amid a global pandemic. And whilst no single food or lifestyle can make us immune to COVID-19, there are many things we can do to boost our immunity and stay fit and healthy during the coming months. Host Tracey Challenor chats with Life Education’s passionate educator and health and nutrition officer Matt Dowling. From eating well on a budget and...
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April 15, 2020 19 min

*This Life Education podcast was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic 

*Life Education @ Home hub - is a new online platform dedicated to equipping teachers and parents with a suite of educational content to support children’s health and wellbeing, as well as their own.  Register your expression of interest 

Launch date for Life Education @ Home is late April 2020. 

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