Check back each week to see more panel discussions on Helping Hands.
Brett Ryan, Davyn de Bruyn and Michael Duckett join host Laura Bennett to discuss the heart of Christmas. What does Christmas mean to Australians? Is it more than a religious event on the calendar? How does Christmas maintain its significance across cultures and within different family dynamics and traditions?
Collett Smart, Meg McClintock and Rod Braine join host Laura Bennett to discuss finishing well. As we head into the last few weeks of a busy year, how can we prevent ourselves from falling short of the finishing line we've set for ourselves now, or anytime? What are some of the obstacles and issues affecting our ability to finish well that we should be aware of to help us reach the goals we set?
Ian Barnett, Jenny Blok and Michael Duckett join host Laura Bennett to discuss ageism. Is there a negative stereotype around ageing? Who does it affect and why? Do cultural trends or traditions play a role in how we treat people at different stages of their lives?
Collett Smart, Meg McClintock and Rod Braine join host Laura Bennett to discuss body positivity. What is body positivity? Who struggles most with negative feelings about their bodies? How can we have a positive approach to our bodies despite their imperfections?
Brett Ryan, Davyn de Bruyn and Michael Duckett join host Laura Bennett to discuss loving your neighbour. What does it mean to love your neighbour? What does this concept look like when seen through the lens of our family contexts, cultural backgrounds or heritage?
Ian Barnett, Jenny Blok and David Malone join host Laura Bennett to discuss grandparenting. How does grandparenting differ to parenting? Who benefits from a grandchild/grandparent relationship? Why is it important to recognise and celebrate grandparents across Australia this Grandparents Week?
Collett Smart, Meg McClintock and Rod Braine join host Laura Bennett to discuss Part 2 of our topic on healthy diets for young people. What are the food trends at school really showing us? Can we believe the labelling we read on our food packaging? How can we encourage our young people to create new healthy habits and break the unhealthy old ones?
Collett Smart, Meg McClintock and Rod Braine join host Laura Bennett for Part 1 of our discussion about healthy diets for young people. What are the important habits to encourage for our children? Should diets necessarily lead to weight loss? How important is the way we think about food to our overall wellbeing?
Ian Barnett, Jenny Blok and Michael Duckett join host Laura Bennett to talk about caring for ageing parents. What do ageing parents struggle with most as they transition from being carers to needing care? Do parents ever stop caring for their children? Or do the ways they show care change and adapt over time?
Collett Smart, Keith Garner and Nathan Brewer join host Laura Bennett to talk about young people and the growing sense of anxiety, looking at the factors contributing to a higher sense of anxiety among young people, peer pressure and the impact technology is having on developing minds.
Mark McCrindle, Raewyn Elsegood and Collett Smart join host Laura Bennett to discuss Australian identity and culture.
Graeme Cowan, Amanda Rose and Justine Toh join host Laura Bennett to discuss resilience in the workplace, and share some practical tips that can help with our social, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Graeme Cowan, Brooke Prentis and Raewyn Elsegood join panel host, Laura Bennett, to discuss mental health - in conjunction with R U OK? Day coming up this Thursday, 14 September. How do we recognise when we, or someone we know is not OK? How do we start a conversation about mental health? And what are some other things we can do to come alongside someone in their mental health struggle?
Nathaniel Marsh, Nathan Brewer and Collett Smart join panel host, Laura Bennett, to discuss fatherhood this Father's Day. What pressures do fathers face today and where do they come from? Is there an ideal dad? And what can we, who come alongside dads, do to support them in this important and influential role?
Jon Owen, Lisa Ellis and Mark McCrindle join panel host, Laura Bennett, to discuss wealth. Do Australians consider themselves wealthy? Is there a link between wealth and contentment? How do we maintain a healthy attitude towards wealth? And can our wealth affect our wellbeing?