Reports and Studies

Endocannabinoids and exercise

Exercise induces changes in mental status, particularly analgesia, sedation, anxiolysis, and a sense of wellbeing. The mechanisms underlying these changes remain unknown. Recent findings show that exercise increases serum concentrations of endocannabinoids, suggesting a possible explanation for a number of these changes. This article provides an overview of this emerging field.

Work and Life in a Pandemic: An Update on Hours of Work and Unpaid Overtime Under COVID-19

2020 marks the twelfth annual Go Home on Time Day (GHOTD), an initiative of the
Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute that shines a spotlight on overwork among Australians, including excessive overtime that is often unpaid.

It has been an extraordinary and difficult year, to say the least. Many workers are doing at least some of their work from…

The Impostor Phenomenon: Recent Research Findings Regarding Dynamics, Personality and Family Patterns and their Implications for Treatment

Research on the impostor phenomenon,
an experience of feeling incompetent and of having deceived others about one’s abilities, is reviewed.

Mental Health: Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Vol. 1

Mental ill-health affects all Australians either directly or indirectly. Almost one in five Australians has experienced mental illness in a given year. Many do not receive the treatment and support they need. As a result, too many people experience preventable physical and mental distress, disruptions in education and employment, relationship breakdown, stigma, and loss of life satisfaction and opportunities.

Mental Health: Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Vol. 2

This Inquiry recommends extensive reforms to improve the mental health of all Australians to enable them to realise their potential in life and have the opportunity to make the contribution they want to their community. Everyone stands to benefit from a reformed mental health system, not just those who currently experience mental ill-health.

Overcoming disruption in a distributed world

The way we work has changed.

Every knowledge worker—all 1.25 billion worldwide—has been impacted by
Assumptions about how we work effectively as individuals, teams,
and organizations have been upended.
For many, the abrupt shift to remote work triggered an increase in the adoption
of collaboration tools, and an acceleration of digital transformations.


Leaders today guide their organizations through an unprecedented degree of uncertainty, complexity, and change in our globally connected world. They must
welcome rapid technological advances, respond to increased polarization and upheaval in politics and societies, and evolve their workforces and operations to be innovative, fast, agile, and relevant. This inevitably means leading in environments full of contradictory demands, or paradoxes, where solutions are never clear or simple.

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