ADHD in adults


Adult ADHD with psychiatrists Drs Hugh Morgan and James Whan in conversation with Dr Peter Silberberg




Afghan war rug

I weave what I have seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan, an exhibition at the ANU’s Drill Hall Gallery.

In the mid-1970s, when I was last there, the rug shops of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul stocked a treasure trove of handmade creations, notably the deep-red rugs and hall runners for which the country was, and still is, famous. The designs were abstract yet symmetrical, rarely featuring human or animal figures, or identifiable objects, certainly not guns and fighter aircraft.
But that has changed, as Afghan society at large has changed.
From late 1979, when the USSR’s troops entered the country to preserve a puppet regime, Afghanistan has been on a timeline of conflict that continues to this day, and the images of its unasked-for war have been recorded on an unusual tableau, its woven rugs.

Two Afternoons in the Kabul Stadium

Two Afternoons in the Kabul Stadium

Tim Bonyhady
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Coinciding with the latest fiasco in Afghanistan – the resurrection of the fundamentalist Taliban – this history of the central Asian country ‘through clothes, carpets and the camera’ is book-ended by two events, both centred on women, which represent the country’s cultural extremes.
Both took place in Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium, built for soccer and buzkashi matches, and each was witnessed by crowds in almost equal parts pleased and shocked. The first was in 1959, when, after three-plus decades of being closed to females, the stadium bore witness on national independence day to an orchestrated removal of head covering by women from the country’s ruling elite, many also wearing Western dress. As photos in the book show, their action highlighted the trend for unveiling and wearing a form of ‘mini-skirt’ that was becoming increasingly common in the progressive capital city.

Join Drs Helen Lloyd and Susan Tyler-Free in this fascinating one hour webinar on mammalian meat allergy.

The session is facilitated by Dr Louise Imlay-Gillespie, co-chair of the Northern Rivers Medical Network.

MMA is an unusual disease secondary to tick bites and can result in delayed anaphylaxis. The condition is endemic to the North Coast.

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Recorded 10 March 2021


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How much does the Government spend on each Australian in the current financial year, and what might this increase to over the next 40 years?

If asked in a trivia quiz few participants would get close to the ball-park figures. The answers are, respectively, $22,420 in 2021-22, increasing to $38,680 by 2060-6, with total government spending as a share of the economy projected to fall from a “pandemic-induced high”, before gradually increasing as a share of the economy over the next 40 years. 

While not intended as a pub quiz Q&A to test our knowledge about what makes Australia tick, financially at least, the fifth Intergenerational Report (the last was in 2015) is a fascinating insight into how the government raises and spends money, and views future developments. Not least is the finding – no surprise here – that health and aged care are projected to be the fastest growing areas of spending over the next 40 years. 

Among the standouts are the outlay on the MBS - expected to rise by 70% in the decade to 2031-32 - with federal health costs generally to rise by some 50% in the next 40 years. It’s the familiar story – we’ll live longer, hence sicker, the costs of treating us, or caring for us in old age, will be higher, and we will be ever more demanding on services, many of which haven’t even been thought of yet.