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J’Accuse: call on health professionals to speak out on Australia’s asylum seeker policies

Australian psychiatrist and researcher Professor Louise Newman, director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, has long led the way on the devastating impact of detention on asylum seekers, particularly children. She is spokeswoman for this open letter, signed by more than 200 prominent doctors, lawyers, academics and refugee advocates, that [...]

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What is an ethical response to the “torture” of immigration detention?

The ethical dilemmas that face health professionals involved in systems that support or profit from the mandatory detention of asylum seekers were explored recently by lawyer Brynn O’Brien in this must-read article for Australian Doctor. She wrote: “The  ‘detention industry’ – the private infrastructure that supports and implements the government’s policy of mandatory detention – [...]

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If “granny” makes you think of an older woman, then you need to read this

The themes that have been celebrated today on National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day - including the importance of connection to culture for children’s wellbeing – must become part of the every-day of research, policymaking and service delivery. This is a particularly important message if you think “granny” means an elderly woman, writes Suzanne [...]

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“I just want somewhere safe and clean for my child.”

Children are at the centre of any society and deserve our unwavering protection. It is no accident that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified human rights treaty in the world.  This week we have been inundated with evidence of failing in this endeavour. We have learned that a child [...]

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For Indigenous women and children with HIV, what are the issues?

At a recent international conference in Sydney, Indigenous women shared some heart-breaking stories about the HIV-related stigma that they and their children have faced. As Marie McInerney reports below, the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples with HIV as they grow older was also discussed at the 2014 International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, which [...]

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Pester Power proven

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham for this month’s JournalWatch. A little condolence for anyone who has ever experienced the joy of taking a toddler to the supermarket…. Dr Stoneham writes: Being a parent of two young children, I was often required to do my grocery shopping with the kids in tow. I remember one [...]

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#Tacklingracism: urgent priorities for children in out-of-home care and immigration detention

A recent symposium investigating how racism affects children and young people has issued a closing statement highlighting urgent priorities to address health and wellbeing. The statement from the Racism and the health and wellbeing of children and youth: understanding impacts, finding solutions symposium points to the need for campaigns that focus on creating sustainable attitudinal and [...]

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The Health Wrap: nutrition news; research milestones; prescribing problems

What’s new in public health? Following a drop in public health expenditure by OECD nations during the global financial crisis, spending is beginning to gather pace again, according to an article on Public Finance International website. In Australia, there is some good news emerging from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Ross Gittins wrote [...]

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Tackle racism in schools – amongst other things, it might boost Indigenous children’s attendance

Marie McInerney reports on a recent symposium investigating how racism affects children and young people: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that getting children to school is his “highest priority” in Indigenous affairs and it’s one that most agree is vital. But research is showing he may need to look beyond current policies that are focused on [...]

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Exposing the many ways that racism affects children and young people

Marie McInerney reports on a recent symposium investigating how racism affects children and young people: *** “Why do you think that’s the nice doll?” “Because it’s white.” This heart-wrenching 2007 video explores the self-image of black children in the United States by repeating the historic doll test of Dr Kenneth Clark that led to school [...]

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