Family Forum

About Family Forum

Family Forum is an initiative of the Advertiser, which aims to answer your questions about families, relationships, health and finances.

Relationships Australia South Australia supports Family Forum as a community resource and appoints members to the group with expertise in various professional disciplines. However, the advice provided by the Family Forum panel does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Relationships Australia South Australia, its management or employees.

Family Forum is a panel of general practitioners, medical specialists, lawyers, therapeutic and financial counsellors that discuss each letter before the appropriate professional prepares the final answer.

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Making the most of super

“I have a self-managed super fund set up to benefit the family. There’s just one problem: The rest of my family doesn’t want anything to do with it. What would happen to it when I die if my wife and I am the only ones in the trust, as compared to what would happen if the children signed up? What are the risks that we should consider?” Continue Reading

Bitter Pill

“I am keen to take proper care of my body as old age sets in. However every time I read the paper or pick up a magazine, I am urged to take some pill or other to prevent some unwished-for ailment. My local pharmacy has shelf after shelf of bottles and potions. It’s very confusing. What is the common-sense approach to this dilemma?” Continue Reading

Diet Dilemma

Many people are putting themselves on a gluten-free diet, even though they don’t have coeliac disease. Is it wise to change one’s diet without professional advice? Continue Reading

Dos and don’ts of burn emergencies

Young children burn faster than adults and the higher the temperature, the less time it takes. Water at 50C, which feels a bit hot but OK to grown-ups, will scald a child in five minutes. Compare that to less than a second when a hot drink spills on delicate skin. Continue Reading

Class Acts

A reader asks: “I am puzzled to know how teachers control behaviour and maintain discipline in the classroom these days. All the old methods are forbidden, and rightly so for some of them, but are children punished at all today?” Continue Reading