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Monday 11th of December 2017 (UTC)

Health and Wellness

Ending homelessness

Homelessness can be ended but the will to do so is not a universal one. In the world’s 12th biggest economy, Australia, the number of older women who are homeless has doubled in the past four years. Australia has among the world’s highest median wages, argues itself as a global social justice warrior but the […]

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Overcoming trauma by Dr Meg Perkins

Gerry Georgatos (The Stringer, 17 November 2017) argues that we should not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed and dominated by trauma, that we should get back on our feet, strengthened by our scars. He is right, of course, that trauma does not have to be a life sentence, but the question is … how do […]

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Trauma must not become your injurious oppressor

Our days on this earth are not many and what we do with our days matters, not only for us but for those around us and for those whom we leave behind. Trauma is a part of life, few are unscarred. However for far too many, trauma overwhelms them and subsumes their personality. Trauma becomes […]

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Change lives to save lives

In the last few years I have written more than 300 articles on the suicide crises and on suicide prevention. In those same years I have supported hundreds of suicide affected families and thousands of critically at-risk individuals. There has never been an article I have written that in its midst I was not notified […]

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If we are to reduce suicides and miserableness let us differentiate who is mentally unwell and who is not

More Australians suicided in the one year, 2015, than in any other year and sadly it may soon be reported that just as many or more suicided in 2016. Though I pray I am proven wrong it is likely that in the years to come that the harrowing toll of 2015 will be exceeded in […]

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It does not pay to be racist

There are many people out there who send me emails and Facebook posts accusing me of “social engineering”, “political correctness” and all variety of society destroying activities as I have attempted to raise issues of vilification and discrimination on the basis of race, religion and other ethno cultural attributes. It has often been hard to […]

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Are good intentions enough? The Abbott/ Turnbull Government and mental health reform

Writing in the ABC Online magazine  The Drum, John Mendoza has described the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s recently announced mental health reform package as ”the most transformative reform package in a generation”. Mendoza, who was previously chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health and CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, is a respected figure in […]

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“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”

Under normal circumstances I would be writing stories about issues of race and religion and problems that may have arisen thereof. Today, I am writing something of issues I deal with in the area of my work. I want to bring to you two stories related to Epilepsy and its treatment with medical marijuana. It […]

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The likely cause of addictions – human disconnections

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems […]

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WA Aboriginal Health Council says “NO” to $7 co-payment

Western Australia’s Aboriginal Health Council, a peak health body for First Nations people, has gone further than just criticising the Federal Government’s $7 Medicare co-payment. The Council is sending a powerful message to both the Federal Government and to Australia’s 76 Senators, that it will stand in the way of the co-payment at all costs […]

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