Bendigo Writers Festival 2017: On care

Photo of a water fountain in Bendigo.

In this episode from our Ideas and Society program, our panel covers the issues surrounding care and the increasing importance of care as the Australian population ages and people with disability live longer.

This discussion took place as part of the Bendigo Writers’ Festival. You’ll hear from:

  • Rachel Robertson, a writer and Senior Lecturer at Curtain University. She is the mother of a disabled child. 'Reaching 1000' – her memoir about caring for her autistic son – was shortlisted for the National Biography Award.
  • Anne Mann, a journalist and social philosopher with works published in The Australian, The Age and The Monthly. As well as caring for her mother, Anne also cares for her husband and fellow panellist Robert Manne.
  • Robert Manne, an Emeritus Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University. He was the Professor of Politics at La Trobe for many years and is the founder of the Ideas and Society program. Robert had a laryngectomy in 2016 and will speak about his experience as a giver and receiver of care.

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