Mary Ward, The Sydney Morning Herald

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Past articles by Mary:

Mum jokes: Imitation is flattery for TikTok comedians

A generation of young comedians are making it big on social media with spot-on impressions of mothers, enjoyed by mums and their kids alike. → Read More

At ‘breaking point’, the Australian fashion industry is looking to change

The federal government has given the fashion industry a $1 million grant to develop a circularity scheme which could change our relationship with clothing forever. → Read More

Clubs welcome referees with guard of honour after violent incident

There are ongoing concerns about hostility between officials and spectators at matches after a referee’s jaw was broken during a game in south-west Sydney. → Read More

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese makes history at Mardi Gras

About 12,000 people walked, danced and rode down Oxford Street in front of hundreds of thousands of revellers as Mardi Gras makes a stunning homecoming. → Read More

Wallabies star Beale granted bail after Bondi sexual assault charges

His barrister argued phone conversations relied on by the prosecution as an admission of guilt were actually an admission of infidelity. → Read More

Why Millennials have fallen in love with their grandparents’ furniture

Mid-century designers such as Parker, Chiswell and Wrightbuilt are attracting younger buyers who not only appreciate the look but also the built-to-last sustainability. → Read More

‘They evangelise her’: Behind closed doors at Business Chicks

The networking business went big on female empowerment but claims have emerged it wasn’t upholding its own values, with descriptions of a cult-like atmosphere around its founder. → Read More

What’s ADHD and why are more adults being diagnosed with it?

Often diagnosed in school children, ADHD is now being identified more in adults, especially women. How come? → Read More

Punters seeking help for gambling addiction directed to betting websites

Liquor & Gaming NSW is reviewing the placement of online gambling services advertisements, following calls for action by clinicians. → Read More

GPs blast decision to ‘take away vital tools’ as fresh COVID wave hits

General practitioners are accusing the federal government of robbing them of crucial pandemic resources, warning that vulnerable people are already “slipping through the cracks”. → Read More

‘A question of when’: Albanese backs fourth COVID shots as workplaces slammed

The call to expand eligibility for extra boosters comes as health experts warn the winter Omicron wave could be the worst outbreak the country has ever seen. → Read More

Nearly 10,000 Australians have died from COVID-19. Who is still dying?

The figure is barely a fraction of death totals recorded in similar countries around the world. → Read More

‘Complete mayhem’ as healthcare system buckles under pressure

With hospitals in gridlock and ambulances queued outside, the healthcare system is on the brink with experts calling for radical change and federal intervention. → Read More

About 2800 people were in hospital at Omicron’s peak. How many caught it there?

Health experts are calling for the compulsory reporting of all hospital-acquired infections including COVID-19 to prevent further deaths. → Read More

Flu and COVID to ‘converge’ on state’s stretched hospitals

The mounting pressure on hospitals comes as 15,000 Health Services Union members prepare to take part in strike action on Thursday. → Read More

Emergency wait times blow out, almost 11,000 patients overdue for elective surgery

The Omicron wave had caused severe staff shortfalls in NSW hospitals, with patients “waiting longer than ever to be transferred to wards”. → Read More

Anxious nation: Eco-grief takes hold as ‘code red for humanity’ hits home

Psychologists warn that more people are experiencing ‘climate anxiety’ and ‘eco grief’, as the changing climate fuels a mental health crisis. → Read More

NSW records first Japanese encephalitis virus death

A man in his 70s from the Riverina region who died in a Sydney hospital last month is the state’s first death from the mosquito-borne virus. → Read More

The meaning of COVID numbers has changed. Here’s how to make sense of it

Case numbers in NSW have spiked and plateaued. Hospitalisations are at record levels, ICU admissions are rising and death rates have increased. But what does all that actually mean and what do trends indicate will happen next? → Read More

Disability services hit by COVID furloughs as cases rise in sector

A union has called for urgent support for disability workers, including paid isolation leave, priority booster vaccinations and access to rapid tests. → Read More