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The link between food and mood is a growing area of research. Felice Jacka from Deakin University told Neil Mitchell a person’s diet is comparable to a car’s petrol – the higher the quality, the better the performance. Prof Jacka said there is now a “robust evidence base” linking the quality of diet with a […]

16/11/2017 / 20:18

IDEAS FACTORY Gap years could be on the agenda for workers approaching retirement. The Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt put forward the idea after talking to retired people across the country. Mr Wyatt told Neil Mitchell many people wish they’d just taken a break instead of calling it quits for good. “The novelty of […]

26/10/2017 / 05:55

There was an international flavour to the Ideas Factory today, exploring an idea we first came across in January this year. It’s a smartphone app that might save a few lives. It’s called GoodSAM – a bit like good Samaritan – but the SAM stands for Smartphone Activated Medics. It’s an idea that started in London […]

07/09/2017 / 16:45

Three victims of crime have come forward to share their ideas on how we can bring an end to Melbourne’s crime wave.

01/06/2017

‘How to work less and earn more.’ It almost sounds too good to be true. But apparently it’s anything but. ‘I think it’s possible, absolutely,’ business coach Joel Gerschman told Neil Mitchell. Click PLAY below to find out how

04/05/2017

Australian television icon Bert Newton says he fears for the future of free-to-air TV. But he said networks only had themselves to blame. The four-time Gold Logie winner said television had become too plain and predictable. He said the ABC’s decision to stand down newsreader Natasha Exelby after she slipped up during a cross was a perfect example. ‘That’s exactly the […]

13/04/2017

Victorians are among the most unhappy when it comes to work, a new study has found. In Neil Mitchell’s Ideas Factory tackled what factors impact work and life balance. A joint study between Curtin University and a group called Making Work Absolutely Human (MWAH) found only 28 per cent of Victorians are ‘very happy’ with […]

06/04/2017

The cost of ‘designing out’ physical activity in our lives and an increasingly car-dependent Melbourne comes at a huge cost, an international planning expert says. Former chief planner in Vancouver, Brent Toderian, has shared some insights with Neil Mitchell during his visit to the city. He also has some ideas for retro-fitting Melbourne’s suburbs to […]

30/03/2017

In a sign that we are all too engrossed in our mobile phones, lights are set to be installed on Melbourne footpaths, warning people they’re approaching a red light. The lights are there to remind pedestrians to look up to avoid being hit by a car. See them in action below… and yes, they are […]

27/03/2017

Ideas Factory: How can we make life easier for renters, without punishing owners? Property prices are at record levels, which has pushed more people into the rental market. Landlords complain that they can’t move tenants out; tenants complain that they live in substandard accommodation, and can’t get it fixed. CEO of the Tenants Union of Victoria, Mark O’Brien, told […]

09/03/2017

Ideas Factory:? Are Millennials (Gen Y) the lost generation? Typically born between 1984 and 2004, they’re the generation that’s grown up with technology, and it’s having an impact on them according to author, Simon Sinek. Speaking to Neil Mitchell, Sinek said Millennials are the generation of instant gratification, and their addiction to technology can lead to low self-esteem. ‘They may struggle to form deep […]

02/03/2017

IDEAS FACTORY ?Neil Mitchell wants to know how we can improve Melbourne’s beaches. Beachgoers have had a tough time this summer, being intermittently unable to attend various beaches due to environmental concerns. But there are other factors keeping people away from the shoreline: litter, limited parking spaces, and under-developed infrastructure are all possible reasons.  Ross […]

09/02/2017

Teachers are ‘trapped’ in a cycle of unpaid work where they are not rewarded for high performance, Liberal MP Andrew Laming says. The Queensland MP shared with Neil Mitchell in the Ideas Factory how to better educate the next generation and lift the standards. A recent report showed one in 20 new teachers registered to […]

02/02/2017

IDEAS FACTORY: Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest says Australia must revolutionise in how it sells itself and its agricultural produce on a global scale. Mr Forrest is spearheading a campaign for all Australian produce from meat, cheese, milk and alcohol to be marketed under a new brand in the Asian market. He said it was all about harnessing that […]

26/10/2016

IDEAS FACTORY: Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest says Australia must revolutionise in how it sells itself and its agricultural produce on a global scale. Mr Forrest is spearheading a campaign for all Australian produce from meat, cheese, milk and alcohol to be marketed under a new brand in the Asian market. He said it was all about harnessing that […]

26/10/2016
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