Author: Michele Gierck

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Increasing retirement age will cost the budget

    • Michele Gierck
    • 05 May 2015
    6 Comments

    Treasurer Joe Hockey is keen for us to work as long as possible. The government’s aim is to keep the hands of ageing workers and would be retirees out of its pension pot. There are many benefits associated with maintaining older people in the workforce, but it can be expensive to take, for example, the reality of dementia into account when designing jobs and workplaces.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Planning for a good death

    • Michele Gierck
    • 25 May 2014
    9 Comments

    The ambulance has brought my 88-year-old mother to the Accident and Emergency ward at the local public hospital. In answering the doctor's question about resuscitation, I'm so thankful that my mother's wishes have been made clear, and documented by her general practitioner, by means of an Advance Health Directive.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Transforming victims into victors

    • Michele Gierck
    • 02 April 2008
    3 Comments

    On 28 April 1990, a letter bomb mailed to Michael Lapsley's Harare home destroyed both of his hands and one of his eyes. His life, and 'Healing of Memories' program, proves that it is possible to overcome the trauma of political persecution.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Building relationships settles refugees

    • Michele Gierck
    • 17 October 2007
    3 Comments

    Using anecdotal evidence to back up government policy is dangerous. There are as many positive anecdotes about Africans as Minister Andrews has negative. Teaching refugees, you build relationships, offer students the opportunity to express themselves, and know that their life stories are respected.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Warmer seas will stress coral

    • Michele Gierck
    • 05 September 2007

    Climate change disrupts the symbiotic relationship that sustains coral. Short-term stress allows recovery. But if it is sustained, coral dies.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Phone a friend

    • Michele Gierck
    • 18 May 2007

    Michele Gierck meets the people on the other end of the line

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Rwandan mist

    • Michele Gierck
    • 31 May 2006

    Ten years after the genocide Rwanda still mourns its dead.

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  • EDUCATION

    Sustainable hope

    • Michele Gierck
    • 14 May 2006

    Michele Gierck observes how education programs in Kenya are restoring hope for AIDS victims.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    700 days in El Salvador

    • Michele Gierck
    • 14 May 2006

    An extract from the book by Michele Gierck, 700 days in El Salvador.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Natural talent

    • Michele Gierck
    • 30 April 2006

    Michele Gierck meets Ulli and Georgina Beier.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Straight from the heart

    • Michele Gierck
    • 25 April 2006

    From humble peasant beginnings in rural China to international success as a dancer and author, Li Cunxin has achieved a destiny that few dared to dream.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Outside the comfort zone

    • Michele Gierck
    • 23 April 2006

    As she slowly became a participant in this rural Mexican culture, Cate Kennedy was reminded of what her own culture has forgotten

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