The Understanding Boys Podcast

Series 3

Conversations about what makes a good man and more

Margie Danchin

UB Podcast

S3: E15 Margie Danchin

Associate Professor Margie Danchin, an immunisation expert who is a Clinician Scientist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at The University of Melbourne and consultant paediatrician at The Royal Children’s Hospital. 

Dr Margie is chair or a member of many Australian and international immunisation and advisory boards, including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) COVID-19 working group. This group provides advice to the Federal Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia. 

Her interests include vaccine research and clinical work, vaccine hesitancy and the development of new approaches to addressing parents’ concerns regarding immunisation. As well, she provides education about vaccines to nurses, GPs and parent, and her teaching focuses on understanding parents’ attitudes and concerns about vaccinations, and how health care providers can address them. 

Beyond her work as a doctor, Dr Margie is a mum to four children, and appreciates that striking a balance between career and family life is challenging at the best of times. 

Join us for as Dr Margie talks to us about balancing work life as a parent, raising healthy boys and about vaccination, health and impact of the global pandemic. 


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01:00 – Guest Intro
01:43 – What Margie is doing these days

  • How she finds time to do everything

04:02 – The impacts of working in a caring role

  • Research

07:49 – Margie’s podcast and other resources
08:46 – Vaccines and human behaviour

  • Information and trust

12:04 – How vaccines work
16:08 – Natural immunity vs. vaccination
17:51 – Facts around COVID-19 transmission
19:16 – Vaccine side effects?
23:16 – Future developments of this vaccine
24:58 – Pediatrics and important milestones for children
28:25 – Growing as parents

  • Interconnection
  • Role modeling

34:20 – Addressing risk-taking behaviour

38:03 – Parenting students in the pandemic

  • Acknowledgement and validation
  • Home schooling

44:52 – What makes a good man

45:39 – What story she would share with a young boy




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Season 3

15 episodes
Episode 15

Margie Danchin

Dr Margie talks to us about balancing work life as a parent, raising healthy boys and about vaccination, health and impact of the global pandemic.

Episode 14

Alex Rathgeber

Award-Winning actor, Alex shares his thoughts on change and challenge, what it’s like to be a performer and about finding your voice.

Episode 13

Emma Murray

Emma tells her own story, and talks about being a mum, the challenges she has faced, and what we can gain by thinking about not only who we are but how we think about who we are

Episode 12

Hunter Johnson

Hunter talks about boys and their relational capabilities and creating authentic spaces for kids.

Episode 11

Kylie King

Dr King shares ideas around prevention, conversations and resources for parents.

Episode 10

James Tomkins

What has elite sport taught James, how he applies those lessons as well as learning new lessons from being a parent.

Episode 9

Matt Englar-Carlson

Matt talks about the profound impact his dad had on him and how in turn he is trying to be a great dad for his kids.

Episode 8

Daniel Petre

Daniel Petre author of ‘Father Time’, an Australian classic, talks about being a dad being mindful as parents and about achieving balance in a working life.

Episode 7

Monty Badami

Dr Monty Badami looks through an anthropological lens to explore how we can help boys find their place in the world and offers some useful tips that you can use at home.

Episode 6

Robert Blum

Dr Robert Blum talks about the impact of gender on boys (and girls) while telling some incredible stories from his lifelong experience working with adolescents.

Episode 5

Megan De Beyer 2

Megan talks about ‘how to raise a man’, the role of nature in a post-pandemic world, and some tips about managing your son’s anger.

Episode 4

Arne Rubinstein

Dr Arne shares some stories about the powerful effect of Rites of Passage and some of elements of which you can use at home from his experience.

Episode 3

Jacqui True

Dr Jacqui True talks about about parenting, what she learnt during Covid lockdown and also a bit about how we can connect our boys into understanding better ways of being for the benefit of all.

Episode 2

Stephen Day

General Day talks about leading with emotion, integrity and reason, how to find moral courage, and the importance of humility.

Episode 1

Will Pucovski

Will chats to us about his professional life, his work as a cricketer and what it has taught him while also sharing four key questions that he wished he knew as a young man.


Season 2

7 episodes
Episode 7


In the final episode for series 2, our podcast is turned on its head in an interesting twist with Micah Swann.

Episode 6


Angie shares her thoughts on people and rules. How schools have handled COVID, what it’s been like and what she’s learnt.

Episode 5


Angus talks about what makes him happy, about being the eldest child, online boundaries and parental controls as well as male stereotypes and the future.

Episode 4


Kaya reflects on a time of lockdown in Melbourne, and about what’s important. She’s got a great story to tell too.

Episode 3


Taj speaks about the future, what he’s learnt in high school, while he has fantastic story too about being seen.

Episode 2


We hear from Juliet on sailing, being at sea, society and schools as well as life in lockdown in Melbourne, Australia.

Episode 1


Aubrey who tells us what he’s been doing, about fixing his motorbike and what he enjoys about camping and the future.


Season 1

20 episodes
Episode 20

Ross Featherston

The eighth headmaster of BGS, Ross shares his wisdom and understanding on how to raise boys, he gives us some takeaways and his thoughts about what it’s like to be a parent.

Episode 19

Raelene Plozza

An Instructional coach and Head of Literacy, Raelene focuses on motivating adolescent boys to read and how parents can help with this most crucial aspect of learning.

Episode 18

Andrew Lauterstein

Andrew is an Olympic medallist and World Championship medalist swimmer. Now a business owner he is a mentor and advocate of life balance and planning for life after sport.

Episode 17

Damien Bolton

Professor Damien talks about parenting, medicine, and shares some insights into the importance of teaching boys to ask for help.

Episode 16

Nathan Lovett Murray

Nathan Lovett-Murray is a former AFL footballer and is now an Indigenous Mentor, a producer, and an educator, raising awareness of racism and its impact on wellbeing.

Episode 15

Dawn O’Neil AM

Dawn O’Neill AM is a lifelong advocate and thought leader on mental health having led major reforms in social and mental health sectors.

Episode 14

David Leser

David Leser is a journalist, feature writer and public interviewer and author of ‘Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing’, an investigation following the #MeToo movement.

Episode 13

Judy Chu

Dr Judy Chu is a lecturer in Human Biology at Stanford University with a fantastic insight into into masculinity issues that are relevant to all men and boys.

Episode 12

Trevor Hendy AM

Former Ironman Australia Trevor Hendy AM shares his journey from professional lifesaver to motivational speaker and life coach, and the lessons that he has learnt.

Episode 11

Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Head of Research at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Dianne has a special focus on young people while working with organisations to assess and promote wellbeing.

Episode 10

Jim Lawrie

This podcast will be a little different to our usual format we’ll explore Jim’s artistry as a young man, talk about growing up and his thoughts on masculinity.

Episode 9

Michael Reichert

Michael explains that paradigms about boys needing to be stoic and ‘man like’ is actually destructive and changing the culture lies with parents, educators and mentors.

51 minutes
Episode 8

Megan De Beyer

International parenting expert Megan gives her tips on how to navigate the challenging teenage years and foster connected, meaningful relationships between parents and sons.

48 minutes
Episode 1

Tim Costello

Reverend Tim Costello speaks with Dr Ray Swann about faith and the importance of modelling empathy in the shaping of good men.

33 minutes
Episode 2

Lisa McCune

Lisa McCune, one of Australia’s most successful screen and theatre actors, shares her experiences on mentorship, motherhood and modern manhood.

40 minutes
Episode 3

James Kerr

The author of Legacy, discusses how he uses the power of storytelling to reach out to young men and encourage them to have a good understanding of self and authenticity.

31 minutes
Episode 4

Steve Biddulph AM

Steve Biddulph AM is an author, activist and psychologist who has written influential bestselling books; and lectures worldwide on parenting, and boys’ education.

28 minutes
Episode 5

Simon Rice

Leading mental health researcher, Dr Simon Rice outlines a collaborative research project with BGS around positive masculinity to improve outcomes for boys’ mental health.

34 minutes
Episode 6

Liz Dawes

Liz Dawes speaks earnestly on helping children deal with loss. She shares her son’s own battle with brain cancer and her continued determination to raise awareness and funds.

29 minutes
Episode 7

Jeff Kennett AC

Jeff Kennett AC, founding Chairman of beyondblue, speaks on what it takes to be a good man today and shares his aspirations to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety.

21 minutes