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CHILD HEALTH |

“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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CHILD HEALTH |

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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CHILD HEALTH |

#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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‘We need to get past the myth that everything significant on this continent began in 1788′

Pat Anderson, the chairperson of the Lowitja Institute, drew from her own personal experiences in her opening address to a recent symposium on racism and the health and wellbeing of children and youth. Whether it is deliberate, unthinking or systemic, governments need to understand that racism is a health issue, she said. *** By Pat [...]

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The Health Wrap: Big tobacco arguments; fad diets and pills; fairness, equality and human rights

Big tobacco arguments This fortnight the plain packaging debate dominated the headlines, sparked by an article published a few weeks ago by The Australian claiming industry figures showed the legislation was failing to cut smoking rates. The Australian’s figures and motives were questioned by Media Watch, but the newspaper hit back and continued to argue [...]

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Closing the gap in Indigenous health: how will we know?

Two important reports on Indigenous health were released today amid continuing fears about the future of independent reporting and accountability on health and welfare in Australia in the wake of the axing and merger of key Federal Government agencies. At its national conference today, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisaton (NACCHO) expressed “grave concerns” [...]

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