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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.

Domestic violence: Dentists play vital 'first responder' role for victims

Jill Stark Women trying to escape a violent partner often wanted to be asked if they needed help and dentists should not fear they would offend their patients.

Thousands compete at Australian All Stars Cheerleading finals in Melbourne

More than 10,000 cheerleaders competed at the national championships.

Jill Stark It would be easy to be cynical. All the glitter and spray tan, and faces made up like china dolls.  And the bows: so many bows.

Safe Schools Coalition and Minus 18 launch lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex lessons for teachers

Jamiee features in a video used to battle classroom bullying of LGBTI students.

Jill Stark It was a crush on the singer Pink that made Jaimee realise she was different to other girls in her Year 8 class.

Women take up family violence leave as ACTU lobbies employers to step up

Employers are embracing domestic violence leave for staff in crisis.

Jill Stark Women in crisis are increasingly accessing domestic violence leave as more Australian employers embrace a scheme allowing staff to take paid time off to attend court appearances and medical...

Women more likely to die in natural disasters

Women and girls are disproportionately afffected by emergencies such as bushfires, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Jill Stark A lethal gender gap causing women to die in natural disasters at up to 14 times the rate of men has sparked a Melbourne-based campaign to save lives by improving responses to catastrophes.

Call yourself a woman? Feminists take on transgender community in bitter debate

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, on the cover of <i>Vanity Fair</i> magazine.

Jill Stark Sarah is often asked to "prove" her womanhood.

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Geelong councillor Jan Farrell marriage equality's secret weapon

Geelong councillor Jan Farrell is a strong advocate for marriage equality.

Jill Stark A 61-year-old softly spoken grandmother-of-five is pushing councils to make marriage equality their battle too.

'We don't look after people like you.' Transgender people refused medical care

Jill Stark Transgender people have been refused medical care, kicked out of their jobs and forced to undergo unwanted psychiatric and surgical procedures in a systematic violation of their human rights, new...

Mental health system's focus on 'white middle-class Australia' costs lives

Hong Vo, mother of 22-year-old former Melbourne High student Martin Vo who took his own life last year, with her older son Daniel.

Jill Stark In many ways Martin Vo is still here, in the modest northern suburbs home where he grew up.

Inspiration overload on social media prompts rise of 'demotivational' movement

Illustration by Joe Benke for Sunday news for a story on the anti inspiration movement

Jill Stark "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

Ticketek accused of price gouging on AFL finals fees

Choice wants a crack down on ticket agencies profiteering through excessive

Jill Stark Ticketing companies charging AFL fans "exorbitant" fees to print their finals tickets at home are price gouging and should be investigated, consumer watchdogs have claimed.

Chasing the Scream author Johann Hari explains why we can't win the war on ice

Johann Hari.

Jill Stark Everything you thought you knew about addiction is wrong – and your government is lying to you.

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Young swear off booze as middle-age binge drinking grows - often on the quiet

Jill Stark Experts warn the health burden from binge drinking for those in their 40s, 50s and 60s is starting to bite.

"Pink washing": marketing stunt or corporate revolution?

A GayTM in Oxford Street.

Jill Stark It is the international symbol of gay pride – an iconic image of diversity and acceptance.

Obesity epidemic weighs down hospitals

Lynne Weston at Bendigo Hospital believes if she hadn't gone to the hospital when she did, she probably wouldn't be alive.

Jill Stark Shoes are a new luxury for Lynne Weston.

Human frailty and masculinity: Mitch Clark shows their compatibility

Mitch Clark is comforted by his coach, Chris Scott, after Geelong's win over Collingwood.

Jill Stark Raw and unedited, this was a private hell made instantly public.

Headspace: 'McDonaldisation' of youth mental healthcare a ticking time bomb

A person's risk of suicide may one day be able to be determined by a blood test.

Jill Stark, Chris Vedelago Leading mental health experts have called on the Prime Minister to urgently address what they say is an unfolding disaster within Australia's national youth mental health service, headspace, claiming...

Defining the Anzac spirit: celebration or commodification?

What would Diggers make of the way Australia marks Anzac day 100 years on?

Jill Stark The Anzac name is increasingly being co-opted, often with government approval.

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Double Trouble as Twins Plus Festival hits Melbourne

Jill Stark When the call came over the radio. George Lloyd went cold. His body tensed. In an instant he was right there with his brother.