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Peak

Peak: Reinventing Middle Age. Society is changing faster than policies and attitudes are keeping up with. People are living longer, retiring from work later, and remaining active and valuable contributors to the community well into and beyond their 50s and 60s.

Peak: Reinventing Middle Age focuses on Australians in the 50–75 age bracket: their contributions to society and their needs and expectations for their own lives. It is an insightful look at employment, relationships, education, housing, finances, lifestyles, health and aged care, and the need for reinvention both on a personal level and in terms of social policy.

It includes ten short biographies of Australians who have embraced their middle age in a variety of interesting and inspirational ways. They are living fulfilled lives, contributing to their communities and, most importantly, not succumbing to outdated notions of winding down or stepping back from life in this exciting stage of life.

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In Praise of Ageing

In Praise of Ageing. Retirement is not the time to cut all ties and head off to live in a warm climate but rather to ask: Who do I want to be near? How will my relationships be reaffirmed? What do I care about? What can I create and contribute to the world?

In Praise of Ageing flyer in pdf format (800KB) In Praise of Ageing

Read an edited extract Old and Invisible from the Weekend Australian, September 2013, and in pdf format (380KB) Weekend Australian

Read Lunch with Patricia Edgar from the Age, September 2013

Listen to the podcast of The Conversation Hour on Ageing with John Faine, ABC Radio, October 11 2013

Big Fat Porkies and Little White Lies

Big Fat Porkies and Little White Lies. Humorous children's story illustrated by 11 year-old in quirky watercolors. Tim starts telling fibs. He can't work out how his Mum always knows when he lies. Grandma helps Tim learn the difference between 'little white lies' and 'big fat porkies'.
Available for purchase at Amazon

Fairies of Plant Street

The Fairies of Plant Street. An original children’s story by Patricia Edgar based on the actual correspondence between Emily and Ace and the tooth fairies who live in their garden. Gloriously illustrated in vibrant water colors by Don Edgar who has brought fairyland to life.
'When Emily and Ace move house they discover tooth fairies live in their garden. They write to them and become good friends, learning many secrets about fairyland and the ways fairies care for children. All things are possible for those who believe'
Available for purchase at Etsy

NewChild

The New Child: in search of smarter grown-ups, (read review, The Age) by Don & Patricia Edgar, is a challenging book on how Australian childhood is changing, and what needs to be done by parents, teachers and policy-makers to meet the needs of the 21st century child.

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Submission to the National Ageing Research Institute
The New Middle age: ways to thrive in the longevity economy.
  • Read the full submission in pdf format (227KB)  The new middle age

  • Latest articles
  • University reforms and the longevity economy (October 2017)
  • Aged care will be a different ballgame - the risks of commercialisation (September 2017)

  • Submission to the Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review
  • Read the full submission in pdf format (387KB)  Australian Content and children's programs

  • Latest articles
  • TV Expert slams ACMA research (September 2017)
  • What are Children's Television Programs and should we preserve them? Part 3 (September 2017)
  • What are Children's Television Programs and should we preserve them? Part 2 (September 2017)
  • What are Children's Television Programs and should we preserve them? Part 1 (September 2017)
  • The Latest ACMA Research on kids' TV brings no comfort to Australian Producers (September 2017)
  • Patricia Edgar on Children's TV: Part Two (August 2017)
  • Patricia Edgar on Children's TV: Part One (August 2017)
  • Scrap children's TV content quotas (July 2017)
  • Networks try same fight over and over again (July 2017)

  • Links
  • Screen Australia on Children's Content (September 2017)


  • Don Edgar in The Australian Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald Patricia Edgar in The Australian Patricia and Don Edgar in On Line Opinion Don Edgar Patricia Edgar Patricia Edgar in Screen Hub Patricia Edgar in Shine - a monthly publication for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Patricia Edgar in 'The Beacon'
    • Breast Cancer Network Australia Magazine, 2011 in pdf format (70KB) The Beacon

    Articles by Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar
    Articles of Interest
    • Star Wars and Australia's Secrets in pdf format (91KB) Star Wars and Australia's Secrets
    • LaTrobe university lecture (August 2011) Mr Mildura: Reg Etherington
    • Spasmodic Dysphonia in pdf format (312KB) Spasmodic Dysphonia   Read more on the  Brain Foundation website
    News
    Visit the websites for the World Summit for Media and Children, the summit to be held in Manchester in 2017, the summit held in Kuala Lumpur in 2014, and the summit held in Karlstad 2010, by clicking on the images below.

      World Summit on Media for Children   World Summit 2017   World Summit 2014   World Summit 2010

    Read the opening address Karlstad Summit, June 14th 2010
    Books
     'The New Child' in pdf format (864KB) The New Child
     'Bloodbath' in pdf format (3MB) Bloodbath

    Dr Don Edgar is an internationally known authority on family change, marriage trends, community development and the work/family balance. His PhD in Sociology from Stanford University led him to teaching at the prestigious University of Chicago in the United States, and at Monash and La Trobe Universities in Australia. In 1980, he was appointed foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where his pioneering research helped shape government policy towards Australian families over two decades. He is a member of the Victorian Children's Council.
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    Dr Patricia Edgar is without peer in Australia as a media researcher, producer of children's television, and policy expert on media. She is the recipient of many awards and the author of nine books. She taught the first film courses in an Australian university and was the architect of the Australian Children's Programme Standards. As founding Director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation she kick-started an industry, producing an outstanding slate of internationally recognized programs. She founded the World Summit Movement on Media for Children, which she chairs.
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