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Jill Stark

Jill Stark is a senior writer for The Sunday Age. She is the author of High Sobriety, a book about Australia's drinking culture and how she survived a year without booze.

Life in dating's fast lane

Steel yourself for life in dating's fast lane

Jill Stark It's disorientating when you're constantly moving. The horizon tilts from left to right, creating a giddy seasickness. I can't remember the last time I was still.

Matches made in Tinder?

Jill Stark Tinder dating app quotes

Fabulous Fashionistas

Defying the 'dress your age' police

Jill Stark In a world captivated by youth, it can be hard to break free from the social constructs of young and old style.

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Dads army hopes to galvanise fathers with documentary


Jill Stark It does not take much to succeed as a father in the modern age. Single-handedly taking your children to the park without injuring them is enough to gain the praise of strangers.

Quiet, please

Grunty gym bloke, it’s time to shut the hell up


Jill Stark Women deliver babies with less fuss than the way you puff and whine through a bicep curl.

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'Move-a-body' friends

Would your friends move a body for you?


Jill Stark According to researcher Brené Brown, if you have one 'move a body' friend in your life, you're lucky

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Mourning a child

Giving grief a voice


Jill Stark When my best friend's five-year-old son died suddenly, it left a hole so enormous I couldn’t believe it wasn’t leading the 6 o’clock news.

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Happy dance

Adults urged to go back to play school

No Lights No Lycra

Jill Stark When the lights go down, I have no idea what to expect. But the music starts and it just happens: we dance.

Ripple effect

The toxic legacy of domestic abuse


Jill Stark His rage was never far from the surface. Dinner was served too early. Dinner was served too late. The house wasn't clean enough. It didn't take much to set him off.

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Happy lie

Sadly, parents get message wrong

Portrait of Mother Karin Wentworth-Ping with daughter Anxia at their Willoughby home.

Jill Stark Psychologists say it's vital children are taught to face harsh realities.

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Weight-loss trade trims expectations

Jill Stark A new year: a new you. It's the diet industry's perennial catch cry. But as obesity rates continue to climb, weight-loss companies are rebranding their message.

Fresh start

Diet may help beat the blues

food to beat the blues

Jill Stark A world-first study by Australian researchers will investigate whether major depression can be treated with wholesome food.

Schoolies get what they want: booze and risky sex

Schoolies Week

Jill Stark Almost two thirds of teenagers at schoolies week celebrations will have more than 10 drinks a night and ''hook up'' with a stranger.

Therapy gains new couch life

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Jill Stark IT'S maligned as a talking cure for the rich and neurotic, where Freud's theories of penis envy, castration anxiety and Oedipal urges are explored through endless years of couch therapy.

High sobriety

High sobriety

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Jill Stark I was the binge drinking reporter. During the week I wrote about Australia's booze-soaked culture. At the weekends I wrote myself off.

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Clinics accused of stopping cheap IVF

Jill Stark OWNERS of private IVF clinics are putting profits ahead of progeny by not offering cheaper treatments that would give more Australian women access to reproductive therapy, one of the world's leading...

Rich pickings, fat or thin

Jill Stark JUNK food companies are making customers fat, then selling them the cure, health experts claim.

Pink steamrolls all on path to cancer kudos

Glenn McGrath

Jill Stark THE breast cancer lobby's ''pink steamroller'' is diverting funding and public awareness from ovarian cancer and contributing to low survival rates, a leading specialist says.

War on obesity

Doctors call for ads that sicken to fight obesity

New York City health campaign

Jill Stark and Sarah Whyte GRAPHIC adverts similar to pictures on cigarette packets could be used on junk food as a desperate measure to curb the obesity epidemic.

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Season's stress with all the trimmings

Jill Stark CREDIT card debts, bad behaviour at work functions and simmering family disputes can conspire to make the festive season one of the year's most stressful times, mental health experts say.