Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Australia's classrooms among world's noisiest

Classroom

Rachel Browne, Amy McNeilage Australia has some of the noisiest classrooms in the world and is wasting teaching time but experts agree a quiet class is not always a good thing.

School funding backflip a betrayal say angry principals

Schools

Rachel Browne Schools across the public, independent and Catholic sector in NSW have reacted angrily to the Coalition's backflip on funding, with many saying the uncertainty over budgets makes forward planning...

Prospect of Gonski funding review met with dread and agreement

Students from Merrylands High School.

Rachel Browne, Amy McNeilage The NSW Secondary Principals Council president and Merrylands High School principal, Lila Mularczyk, described the threat of a Gonski backflip as a blow to fairness in education funding.

Work violence affects one in four, says Canadian Kelly Watt

Rachel Browne Up to one in four people will suffer violence in the workplace during their career.

ACTU wants action as workplace violence predicted to affect one in four employees

Ged Kearney.

Rachel Browne Up to one in four people will suffer violence in their workplace during the course of their career, with the direct cost running into millions of dollars a year in Australia.

Trans fats sneak into Australian trolleys

Some foods with trans fats.

Rachel Browne Australians are unwittingly consuming dangerous trans fats due to lax labelling regulations, as calls increase for the artery-clogging substance to be banned.

Workplace stress increasing depression: Australian Psychological Society

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Rachel Browne One in seven Australians admits to experiencing severe to extremely severe depressive symptoms with almost half citing job-related issues as a source of the stress.

Son's Angelman syndrome a devilish torment for loving mother

Angelman

Rachel Browne Mary Lou Carter adores her son Nicholas even though raising him has sometimes been torture for her.

Decline in disability alternatives has parents at breaking point

Marylou Carter pictured with her son, Nicholas.

Rachel Browne Parents of children with profound disabilities are being compelled to do a ''DoCS dump'' due to a lack of support, a new report says.

Dolly Parton's reading scheme gets children working 0 to 5

Rachel Browne, Lara O'toole Toddler Kayla Browne's world is being rocked by the arrival a of a new book every month.

Health problems soar due to bushfires

Fires

Rachel Browne, Heath Gilmore Emergency treatments for breathing problems have risen sharply due to the significant air pollution resulting from bushfire smoke.

Numbers line up for girls who put in hard yards

Shihao Chen and Cynthia Leung.

Rachel Browne For some it was tough but fair, for others it didn't add up. That was the verdict as thousands of NSW students tackled their first HSC maths exams on Tuesday.

Aged care regulator upholds ruling on home

Lulworth House

Rachel Browne The exclusive eastern suburbs nursing home Lulworth House has failed to have a ''damaging finding'' regarding its use of a restraint on an elderly resident overturned by the aged care regulator.

Poverty is worse in remote regions

Rachel Browne The country life is far from idyllic for many Australians, a new report showing that people in rural areas are more likely to live in poverty than their urban counterparts.

Research links aircraft noise to higher rates of heart disease

Plane

Amy Corderoy, Rachel Browne Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise could put people at risk of developing heart disease and stroke, research has found.

Screen violence 'hard-wires' growing brains

Rachel Browne Evidence shows heavy exposure to screen violence in adolescence is changing the development of young peoples' brains.

Elderly are healthy by world measure, but wealth an issue

Elderly Australian.

Rachel Browne More than a quarter of older Australians are struggling financially, a global report into the welfare of seniors shows. It ranks Australia at No.14 out of 91 countries.

Older Australians faring poorly

Rachel Browne More than a quarter of older Australians are struggling financially, according to a global report into the welfare of seniors.

Under pressure to educate babies

Portrait of Paul and Angela Taylor with their children Mia and Ned.

Rachel Browne Exercise classes that promise to help a baby's brain development, language programs to foster a child's lifelong love of learning, music lessons and DVDs of classical music to enrich and entertain...

Overexcited fans go off early over casting

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Rachel Browne Hell hath no fury like a fan scorned and the producers of the film adaptation of erotic best seller 50 Shades of Grey received a jolly good spanking on Tuesday when the cast was announced.