Category: Events


Natalie Di Paola North Shore Petbarn stores are set to get involved in the Seeing Eye Dogs Appeal again this year to help raise money for those who are blind or have poor vision. The Appeal, which launches nationally across Petbarn stores on May 1 to June 11, raises money to cover the costs of breeding, caring and training puppies and matching the dogs to as many people as they can. The total amount they hope to raise this year is $800,000. North shore locals can get involved and show their support for the cause by visiting the Chatswood...

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Natalie Di Paola March 21 marks a special day throughout Australia: Harmony day. Started in 1999, Harmony day celebrates the cultural diversity throughout Australia, embracing the theme that “everyone belongs”. It also coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which aims to promote tolerance and respect for racial diversity. “Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s modern multicultural character by encouraging people to come together with friends, family and our communities to share our cultural heritage and traditions,” says Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. “We are one of the most culturally...

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Natalie Di Paola Chinese New Year celebrations have begun around Sydney to herald in the Year of the Dog. Sydney Observer has put together a list of top spots to visit during the new year festivities. Luna Park Kick off the New Year celebrations at Luna Park.. From 16 -18 February, the park is offering a range of activities in addition to their traditional rides to suit the whole family. Activities include lion dance performances, a Chinese calligrapher and a firecracker display. There will also be a Chinese New Year Dumpling Tent, which will offer different Asian foods such...

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HIV Self-testing: World AIDS Day

Tina Wu One of the main messages conveyed on World AIDS Day this year is to get test regularly by an accredited health care professional. However, of the over 25 000 estimated HIV-positive patients in Australia at the end of 2015, about 10 per cent were unaware of their status, according to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. Could self-testing be the answer? Though initially banned, the Australian government amended legislation to allow the selling of HIV Self-Test (HST) devices in 2014, a significant step in the country’s history of HIV treatment. However, these devices have yet to be...

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Grow a Mo for Mental Health

Tina Wu Research suggests that the male population are not receiving the support they need for gender-based mental health. This is often due to stigma surrounding men who open about their feelings to others for fear of being ridiculed or being seen as less of a man, according to the Movember Foundation, an international organisation that targets health issues related specifically for men. “Men’s health is in crisis,” says Craig Martin, spokesperson for the Movember Foundation. “Part of this is we teach our boys and young men to suck it up and harden up.” “And when they’ve got a...

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