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Life hacks

Researchers have found sailing is good for your mental health – and developed a way to do it without getting wet

- June 28, 2024 2 MIN READ

Virtual sailing could assist with mental health treatment according to researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, who’ve launched a world-first digital project to manage Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).​ The Swinburne researchers will use the cutting-edge technology of industry partner Virtual Sailing, which involves a sailing simulator (a boat with highly realistic movement on sailing navigation) and… Read more »

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People

Real VC’s Matt Berriman resigns as Mental Health Australia chair over government inaction, saying he’ll campaign on it at the federal election

- April 29, 2024 4 MIN READ

Mental Health Australia chair Matt Berriman has resigned from the position over concerns the government is not doing enough to address the issue. The investor and entrepreneur, who founded venture capital fund Real VC, and marketing startup Unlockd, took on the role in December 2021 following his own diagnosis with dipolar disorder and an attempt… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

If a third of people are lonely, will AI help or make things worse?

- March 29, 2024 3 MIN READ

ChatGPT has repeatedly made headlines since its release late last year, with various scholars and professionals exploring its potential applications in both work and education settings. However, one area receiving less attention is the tool’s usefulness as a conversationalist and – dare we say – as a potential friend. Some chatbots have left an unsettling… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence is already making some people so worried they have AI-nxiety – here’s how to cope

- June 30, 2023 3 MIN READ

Even tech experts have been astonished by the recent, rapid growth of AI technology, able to hold human-like conversations in multiple languages, create music and pass medical exams. While the potential benefits of AI in fields such as healthcare are indeed inspiring, the pace of change is rapid, and there is still lots of uncertainty… Read more »

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Funding

Mental health app idea that’s ‘like Marie Kondo for your mind’ kicks off with $800,000

- April 6, 2023 2 MIN READ

A Melbourne startup that’s hoping to build a mental health app to help people clear their minds has raised $800,000 despite being at least 9 months away from releasing a product. Called Modo, the startup has been backed by Archangel Ventures, Black Sheep Capital, Co Ventures, Giant Leap Fund, the female founder-focused Alice Anderson Fund,… Read more »

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Life hacks

Science says doomscrolling is bad for your health, so here are 4 tips to help you stop it

- September 9, 2022 3 MIN READ

Doomscrolling can be a normal reaction to living through uncertain times. It’s natural to want to understand dramatic events unfolding around you and to seek out information when you’re afraid. But becoming absorbed in bad news for too long can be detrimental. A newly published study has found that people with high levels of problematic… Read more »

Funding

US VC giant a16z backs female-led game studio Lumi Interactive in record $9.76 million Seed round

- June 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

Andreessen Horowitz’s legendary US VC fund a16z, has led a US$6.75 million (A$9.76m) Seed raise into Australian women-led game studio Lumi Interactive. The oversubscribed round was also backed by 1Up Ventures, Galileo Ventures, Heracles and Double Loop Games founder Emily Greer. Lumi sees its mission as making the world a kinder place, and plans to… Read more »

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Future of work

Why gig economy workers need more support and better ways to cope with job uncertainty

- March 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

This weekend, you might hit “place order” for a meal delivery. Or jump in a ride share to meet friends. In both cases, you’ll be engaging a gig worker. “Gig worker” is a term that generally refers to people who get work through smartphone apps – think Uber, Ola, AirTasker, Snappr, and others. Approximately 250,000… Read more »

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Funding

Athlete mental health startup championed by Grand Slam winning tennis coach Darren Cahill bags $2.5 million seed round

- January 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

A female-founded wellness management platform for youth athletes has closed a $2.5 million seed round as it looks to help athletes with their mental health. Brisbane-based iNSPIRETEK was founded by former competitive gymnast Annie Flamsteed to provide athletes with mental health support and the tools they need when they need them most. The round was led by… Read more »