Cartoonist Bill Leak has had depression all of his life. He is not alone. One in five Australians will suffer from depression at some stage in their lives.
With the fierce debate over the prescription of amphetamine-like medication to children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, many parents are looking for drug-free alternatives.
We visit the Northern Territory which has the largest network of "barefoot doctors" to see why they are proving to be so successful, and why attempts to impose Western health standards on Aborigine
One in five Australian women – perhaps your workmate, or your neighbour or your friend – knows the humiliation and terror of domestic violence.
About 2,000 Australians deliberately kill themselves each year, a tally that exceeds the huge but humdrum toll of road deaths. On average, one young person dies by suicide every day.
A chart of the last weeks in the life of Esther Wild and the dilemma faced by her doctor, Philip Nitschke, who had been treating her for cancer.
With more and more Australians living longer the task of finding quality care for people who can't look after themselves is getter tougher.
Imagine being about to give birth, cocooned in a speeding car on a night-time dash to a hospital that’s still hours away, every bump, every brake to dodge a kangaroo sharpening the pain and discomf
Lorna, Richard and Muriel lead lives that are rich and full – but they intend to deliberately end their lives when they think the time is right.
How do you know if you can trust your doctor? It's been the ultimate insider's secret, the doctor you would never let near your own family or friends.
How do we deal with parents who are drug addicts or alcoholics? Do we just accept the dangers they pose? Is it enough to rely on rehabilitation services and monitoring?
They stand pristine and empty, cocooned in a silence broken intermittently by the roar of low-flying fighter jets.
If you haven't already looked after a loved one who is frail, ill or disabled, there's a fair chance that, someday, you will.
For just over 50 years "the pokies" have been relieving Australian punters of their money. For every dollar spent at the racetrack, $5 is spent on poker machines.
It’s cheap, highly addictive and ultra-powerful.
They're bone-weary, stressed-out, poor and increasingly desperate - yet day and night, year in, year out, Australia's family carers keep responding to a multitude of someone else's needs.
Each week more than a thousand Australians are delivered the cruel diagnosis: they have dementia - incurable, untreatable, terminal.
On Anzac Day morning in 2006, Brisbane man Jayson Dalton took the lives of his two small children, Jessie and Patrick, and then killed himself.
Clinicians now believe that modern strains of super-strength cannabis are increasingly triggering psychoses, depression and anxiety disorders in teenagers.
They might not know it, but the politicians of NSW have some new neighbours...