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Calling for national action on discriminatory, unfair laws and systems  #JustJustice

Calling for national action on discriminatory, unfair laws and systems #JustJustice

Melissa Sweet August 21, 2015

In a recent article for the #JustJustice project, Darren Parker, a Ngunawal man and Phd candidate at Melbourne Law School, wrote about experiencing racism and violence within his family as a young boy. The article highlighted the importance of the social and cultural determinants of health in any discussion about the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres […]

#IHMayDay15 Longread: Trending by breakfast, talking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, healing, justice, media & MORE

#IHMayDay15 Longread: Trending by breakfast, talking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, healing, justice, media & MORE

Marie McInerney June 24, 2015

#IHMayDay15 took over Twitter on May 29 with a day of action and listening on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It ran for more than 15 hours, was trending in Queensland by 8am and nationally through the day, featured 15 moderators and generated nearly 50 million Twitter impressions by […]

Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres

Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres

Marie McInerney June 20, 2015

Australia’s peak health professional bodies have voiced collective concern about the “appalling secrecy provisions” in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professionals who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres. In a joint statement released on World Refugee Day, the peak bodies […]

#JustJustice: Campaign to save the NSW Custody Notification Service: ‘lifeline’ for Indigenous people in custody

#JustJustice: Campaign to save the NSW Custody Notification Service: ‘lifeline’ for Indigenous people in custody

Marie McInerney June 16, 2015

Many Croakey readers will know that we recently reached the target to fund the #JustJustice campaign at Croakey, to look at the solutions to over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We will be starting work soon on the project, which aims to give a priority platform to community voices and stories. We’re very […]

Tom Calma urges Justice Reinvestment to bring #JustJustice for Indigenous people

Tom Calma urges Justice Reinvestment to bring #JustJustice for Indigenous people

Marie McInerney May 26, 2015

Australia needs to follow international leaders in Justice Reinvestment programs if it is to address the high rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, says leading social justice and human rights advocate Professor Tom Calma. Lending his support to the #JustJustice campaign, Professor Calma, former Social Justice Commissioner, said better research is also […]

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

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

Marie McInerney March 20, 2015

*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 […]

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

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

Marie McInerney March 19, 2015 1 Comment

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, […]

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

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

Melissa Sweet January 27, 2015 1 Comment

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 […]

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

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

Frances Gilham November 17, 2014

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 […]

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

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

Marie McInerney September 4, 2014

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 […]