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Focus on appropriate care and responses for those bereaved by suicide

Matt Giles reports “Postvention” may not be a term familiar to many people outside the field of suicide prevention, but it dominated day two of the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth. The conference’s third plenary panel, Postvention is the Prevention of Suicide for the Future, emphasised the need for postvention, or care for [...]

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The “7 truths of resiliency” – decolonising HIV research in Canada

Marie McInerney reports: A Canadian Aboriginal project looking to map the resiliency of Aboriginal men who have lived with HIV and AIDS for ten years or more posed just one research question: “How are you living well with HIV?” Art Zoccole, CEO of the 2-Spirited People of the First Nations in Canada – a social [...]

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Suicide prevention needs to be a priority during times of austerity: #NSPC14

Matthew Giles reports: The relationship between the economy and suicide prevention was under the spotlight yesterday during day one of the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference, with a plenary panel addressing the topic. The discussion follows recent research suggesting that the economic crisis in Europe and North America was associated with at least an extra [...]

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How the global response to HIV/AIDS renders Indigenous peoples “invisible”

Marie McInerney reports: Australian Indigenous health researcher James Ward has called on the international HIV and AIDS community to identify Indigenous peoples as a “priority population”, warning that they are often invisible in international reports and declarations that shape HIV responses. He told AIDS 2014 – the 20th International AIDS Conference – in Melbourne on [...]

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Profiling community-driven efforts in suicide prevention: #NSPC14

The achievements, challenges and limitations of community-driven suicide prevention efforts were profiled at a workshop in Perth yesterday, ahead of today’s official opening of the National Suicide Prevention Conference. The Communities Matter: Empowering community-driven suicide prevention workshop was over-registered, filling out the venue in the Pan Pacific with community workers from around Australia. Matthew Giles, [...]

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INDIGENOUS HEALTH |

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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Brotherboys Yarnin’ Up – & other powerful stories for beating stigma: #IPCHIV14

The opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne last night paid a powerful, emotional tribute to colleagues who died on flight MH 17. The importance of tackling discrimination and stigma was also a strong theme. Sharing peoples’ stories is a powerful way of helping to counter discrimination and stigma, according to these [...]

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Antiretroviral therapies not the “silver bullet” for Indigenous peoples with HIV, AIDS

Marie McInerney reports: The use of antiretroviral therapies for prevention as well as treatment for HIV and AIDS should not be seen as a “silver bullet” and could actually widen the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, an international Indigenous conference has been told. Canadian First Nations health leader Dr Alexandra King said the [...]

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Why I will celebrate NAIDOC Week next year: Dr Chelsea Bond

The Guardian recently published an article by Nakkiah Lui, a Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman and writer, titled “Why this year’s NAIDOC week will be my last”. In response, Dr Chelsea Bond, an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University [...]

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A call for action on reducing the risk of HIV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

 Marie McInerney reports: Australian organisers of an international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS have opened the Sydney event with the release of new data and concerns that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are at risk of a “rapid escalation” of HIV and AIDS. Conference co-convenor Associate Professor James Ward said Australia is at [...]

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