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Principal of ACS Distance Education, John Mason, looks at the current changes in education from an Australian perspective.

Whilst many parts of the higher education industry are in turmoil, this does not mean all of the industry is in decline as a whole. Some parts of the industry are experiencing rapid growth.

How then can the industry evolve as a whole to suit learners and employer demands?

 
Life used to be simpler, made up of three stages – childhood and adolescence, going to school and living at home, your adult life, working, raising a family, moving into your own home and finally retirement.  This worked socially, psychologically and economically for many people.

All of this has changed. In the past, people may have taken a course or trained in a specific career, such as accountancy or carpentry.  But today, it is common for people to have three or more, retraining several times as they move from one career to another.

 
Do you ever have difficulty Sleeping?  In the current situation with concerns about COVID-19 and lockdown and social isolation, many people are experiencing difficulties sleeping.
Sleep Disorders are more common than most people realize. Sleep disorders may involve problems sleeping or, less frequently, excessive sleep.  Such problems may represent:  a primary sleep disorder, the cause of psychological problems, a feature of a mental illness, or could be confused for a psychological disorder.
 

Burnout is the result of prolonged stress. In the discipline of psychology, the term stress is defined as a state of psycho-physiological arousal.  It is virtually impossible to discuss psychological stress without describing the physiological state that accompanies it. The dynamics of stress demonstrate the close interaction between the mind and body in human behaviour.

 

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues its grip on the world, many countries are encouraging people to stay in to avoid catching the virus or self-isolate when they start to show symptoms. However, this can have an effect on our mental health.

A helpful discussion on how the coronavirus can affect our mental health and some simple tips on what we can do.