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A Twitter tribute as @malcolmfraser12 falls silent: Vale Malcolm Fraser

*Updated 22 March with additional responses and reflections Much is being written and broadcast about the life of former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser after his death earlier today – which came as a shock for many, despite his advancing age, given how energetic and engaged he remained to the end in public life. This [...]

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#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

Aboriginal woman from the Kimberley, Tammy Solenec from @amnestyOz, speaks at #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA Perth #closethegappic.twitter.com/WxWYxzdktP — Simone van Hattem (@simone) March 19, 2015 A day of action to protest plans to close remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia ended up not only trending nationally on Twitter but hit the streets in real-life, with rallies across Australia, [...]

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Queensland policies on mental health: doing harm & breaching the law?

The use of ‘locked wards’ in acute mental health services is not backed by evidence and is associated with greater risk of patient self-harm and increased violence and aggression, according to a new analysis by UTS researcher Jon Wardle. Wardle suggests that Queensland Government support for locked wards policies may be in breach of the [...]

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The Health Wrap: holistic health systems; drug complexities; mental health, G20, Ebola, climate change

By Frances Gilham Striving for holistic health systems Conversations about Australia’s health system continued this fortnight, with the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association holding an ‘Integrated Care Simulation’, gathering 85 health leaders to workshop major health policy initiatives. Croakey reported on the event, saying a key theme that emerged from the role-playing exercise was the [...]

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Indigenous leaders plea to PM Abbott to step in on “chaotic” policy, funding environment

Updated to include statement below from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) on concerns about discriminatory changes to the way some Aboriginal organisations will be required to incorporate, and from the Close the Gap Steering Committee on cuts to anti-smoking programs. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders have called on Prime [...]

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“We have a voice, and people are listening” – wrapping #IPCHIV14 and #AIDS2014

Marie McInerney reports: Among the stars at AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, were Bill Clinton, Bob Geldof and, perhaps lesser known outside HIV circles, Professor Françoise Barré Sinoussi, outgoing President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Nobel Laureate who co-discovered HIV. So Simoussi’s formal visit to the Indigenous Networking [...]

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Frontline health, legal services, and what’s crucial behind them

The Federal Government talks much about shifting funding to “frontline services - where people need them”. It sounds obvious, until we look at what’s lost from the backline. In the first of two posts below, doctor and lawyer Dr Fiona Lander looks at new restrictions on law reform advocacy by community legal centres (CLCs). Noting the [...]

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Why New South Wales abortion law should be decriminalised

Abortion legislation in New South Wales and Queensland is the “most severe and antiquated” in Australia and the most urgently in need of rescission, says medical specialist Caroline de Costa. That’s why, she says, New South Wales Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi’s bill towards decriminalisation should be supported by politicians across the spectrum. *** Caroline de [...]

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Gambling in a mobile era: a wrap on last month’s 5th International Gambling Conference in NZ

The recent 5th International Gambling Conference in Auckland had its focus on: Gambling in a Mobile Era: Developments, Regulation and Responses. The biennial conference is a well-established New Zealand event hosted by three organisations; Maori public health provider Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology, and the [...]

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NSW’s tough new drink-related laws to have biggest impact on Aboriginal people & in the bush

Tough new laws for drink-related offences in New South Wales will have a disproportionate effect on Aboriginal people, says Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker, the magazine produced by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Her editorial from the magazine’s latest edition says tough on-the-spot fines will be a particular burden in rural and regional areas like [...]

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