Falling asleep to First Nations storytelling – Life Matters

What sends you to sleep at night? Perhaps reading before bed is your thing or keeping the window open so you can look up at the stars.

We take a look at a new First Nations audio series targeting sleep and relaxation while bringing audiences closer to Indigenous knowledge and culture.


Rona Glynn-McDonald, Kaytetye woman, Founder and CEO of Common Ground and an ABC Trailblazer alumnus

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The school that tried to end racism – Life Matters

We know racism exists, so why do we find it so hard to talk about? And how do we go about reversing racial bias?

A ground-breaking pilot program implemented in a South-Western Sydney Primary school may just have some answers.

The School That Tried to End Racism is a three-part series that explores young peoples’ perceptions of race and identity and asks, can racism be stopped at a young age?

The series premieres on Tuesday 21st September at 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.


Marc Fennell, host and Walkley award winning journalist

Professor Fiona White, Racism Reduction Expert and Professor in Social Psychology, University of Sydney

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Life in 500 Words: Linda Foulsham and the stranger – Turning Point – Life Matters

It was 1954 and Linda, aged nine, took her three-year-old sister to their regular playground.

What happened next is testament to Linda’s quick thinking and her love for her sister.

The theme for Life In 500 Words in 2021 is True Confessions, and you can send us your stories now.

It could be with yourself, or within your family, and please change names if you need to.

You can record your true confessions story into your mobile phone, and email it to us at [email protected]

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The business of volunteering in community development – Life Matters

Australian Business Volunteers is celebrating 40 years of operations in community development. ABV places skilled business experts – some retired, others seconded from Australian corporations – in communities overseas, and more recently in Australia, with the aim of stimulating local businesses and sharing knowledge and experience.

During the pandemic, volunteers with ABV have adapted to volunteering remotely, and have recently shared their expertise to assist rebuilding efforts within some fire-affected communities.

Life Matters producer Erica Vowles speaks with individuals on the giving and receiving end of the equation to find out how best to keep all parties involved with community development happy and fulfilled.


Liane Arno and Matt Stone, skilled business experts who have volunteered with Australian Business Volunteers for 15 years

Dr Faith Ong, lecturer in tourism and events with the University of Queensland Business School

Liz Mackinlay, CEO of Australian Business Volunteers

Betty Komes

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