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Carol’s radio career has spanned 20 years around Australia working for both commercial broadcasters, and since 2001 the ABC. Carol is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, was the inaugural winner of the NSW Cancer Council award for Excellence in Reporting, and awarded the 2007 Premier’s Public Sector Awards medal. She is married to a research physicist, mother of two children, and has a keen interest in medical research, particularly pertaining to congenital heart disease.

Carol is a member of the Hunter Medical Research Institute Foundation. She also likes smelly cheeses, has a deep and abiding love for crunchy whitebait, has a very bad potty-mouth and thoroughly enjoys being over-connected. She considers her three hours on air at the ABC each day to be therapy. Of a sort. Carol does, however, believe in using her evil powers for good.

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HPV Vaccination Program is Vital for Boys - a Cancer Story

15/02/2013 - 12:27

Photo copyright Carol Duncan - no reproduction permitted This year in Australia the cervical cancer vaccine is being given to young teenage Read full post
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Trigger - a Short Film about Food Allergy in Children

21/11/2012 - 09:20

picture: Grace Farah and her daughter - reproduction not permitted. The death of a teenage boy at a Sydney school has led to calls for teachers and childcare workers to Read full post
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We Moved Schools For Our Son To Find His Tribe

18/09/2012 - 12:09

I knew from very early on that I had a sensitive child on my hands. Actually it was my mother who commented first but that’s the way it goes when he was my first child and her 7th grandchild. Read full post
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PKU a Metabolic Disorder - Remember the Heel Prick Test?

24/08/2012 - 12:49

image: Cayden and Zoe, no reproduction permitted. Have you ever noticed the labels on some artificially sweetened foods which read: 'PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALININE.' Read full post
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Building Empathy in Medicine Using My Big Mouth

12/06/2012 - 12:15

I talk for a living. Read full post
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Best Australian Playgrounds - Lake Macquarie Variety Playground

21/09/2011 - 12:46

My kids assure me that the brand new Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point (near Newcastle) is the "best ever, Mama!" Read full post
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Anj - Mama's are built

21/01/2011 - 15:21

Anj - Mama's are built tough!! LOL xxx

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Hi Maxabella2, So far, so

21/01/2011 - 14:29

Hi Maxabella2,

So far, so good! *crosses fingers*

My boys are lucky to be surrounded by people who love them, they will be fine, no matter how much I might try to mess them up!

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Hi Susan, It was only rocky

21/01/2011 - 14:27

Hi Susan,

It was only rocky for a day or two! Mr 9 has taken it all in his stride. He wasn't happy when the mention of a procedure when he's about 12 came up ... but he's just fine. Perhaps that is one of the joys of being 9!

When you work out the perfect way of juggling others expectations, do be sure to let me know!

Mum was actually with the boys when she collapsed, so the boys saw everything and know everything. No-one panicked, no-one got upset ... we all got rather business-like but there were no bundles dropped. I just did what I thought was right, and I do to this day. I have explained everything to them and in fact Mr 7 mentioned something about that day in the car this morning. They've been told that Grandma would be proud of them for taking care of her when she got sick. Which she would, but they also feel like they did what they could for their Grandma. That we all did.

Have you read Maggie Mackellar's When It Rains? Her memoir. I interviewed her last year. Wow.

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Hi Annie, Sometimes

21/01/2011 - 14:22

Hi Annie,

Sometimes depression, anxiety or other illness can cause people to lose their resilience, and we need to do much more for people in caring for their mental health. Heaven knows there are many heartbreaks people suffer because we don't yet have the answers to help them. And as we've seen recently amongst our own Twitter community - sometimes we don't even know someone is struggling.

But generally - humans are wonderful and much stronger than they think!

One of my great beliefs about my work is that when people tell and share their most personal and painful stories ... that is when they help other people the most. I have seen first-hand what can happen when people share themselves and their experiences. It reminds others that we CAN face the challenge, whatever it may be. That there are others who have walked in our shoes before us and prove to us that ... it will all be OK in the end. It might not be what we hope for, but it will be OK.

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Hi Kerry, Thanks for your

21/01/2011 - 14:18

Hi Kerry,

Thanks for your comments. We are a happy family and I think we are very lucky indeed. It IS a frustration when you don't feel you can say or do what you really want to. But it's an age-old problem, isn't it!

I'm not a victim, neither are my kids. We are healthy (we are, you know!), happy, educated and employed ... and we learn together every single day.

Terrible frights? Yep! But in my job as a journalist and presenter with the ABC, I have done innumerable interviews with people over the last 20+ years who really have been through trials and tribulations. Some of the stories people have shared with me have reduced me to tears, and I wonder how they go on. But they do. These are experiences that are far more terrible than mine.

But each of our experiences are individual to us, so when another mum tells me how upset or frightened she may be about a medical issue or procedure with her child, I *always* have empathy! No matter how trivial it may seem in comparison to what Mr 7 went through, for example, because it is HER experience and is equally as valid as my own, no matter how they might differ.

It is one of the great rewards of my career - it is a great reality check!

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