Australian Progress

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released ‘Measures of Australia’s Progress, 2010 on Sept 15. Among its finding, suicide rates had fallen between 1998 and 2007-08.

For stats on children living with impact of divorce and other family stats see: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/1370.0~2010~Chapter~Children%20%284.5.7.1%29

Share
POSTED 13 Oct 2010
TOPICS  •   • 

Aboriginal Welfarism

The Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, Noel Pearson, writes an article 8 September 2010 for Future Direction International entitled: “When Welfarism takes over, disaster will follow”

He says that the Catholic principal of subsidiarity is probably the best available guide for determining the proper role of government in the lives of citizens. “parents are the best holders of responsibility for the welfare of families,” he writes.

For article see: http://www.futuredirections.org.au/admin/uploaded_pdf/1283923076-FDI%20Strategic%20Analysis%20Paper.%20Noel%20Pearson%20on%20Welfarism.pdf

Share
POSTED 17 Sep 2010
TOPICS  •   •   • 

Youth Mental Wellbeing

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has announced an inquiry into children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. In August-Sept it will be visiting regional WA to give more info about the nature of the inquiry.

For more: http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/mentalhealth.aspx

Action: WA MLC Nick Goiran said in his Sept 2010 newsletter that he believes that the issue of sexualisation of children is an important aspect of mental health. Goiran says he will be making a submission and recommends people to write a submission also. Submissions need to be in by Nov 1, 2010.

Information session timetable: http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/contentMH.aspx?CID=300

Share
POSTED 17 Sep 2010
TOPICS  •   • 

Christian Aid

The Council of World Mission reports on Sept 1, 2010 that the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa has called on Christians across Johannesburg, South Africa, to reach out to the poor and sick in the wake o public sector strikes that have shut down hospitals across the city. For story: http://www.cwmission.org/news-from-africa/sa-church-condemns-strike-disarray

Share
POSTED 6 Sep 2010

WA Mental Health

The Mental Health Commission is seeking feedback on the WA Mental Health Towards 2020 Consultation Paper to develop the final policy and strategic directions document.

For more: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/WACabinetMinistersSearch.aspx?ItemId=133726&minister=Jacobs&admin=Barnett

http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/Initiatives_and_Projects/towards_2020_consult.aspx

http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/events/calendar.aspx

Share
POSTED 26 Jul 2010

Drugs Harm

The number of people being treated for dependence on opiod drugs such as heroin increased by over 2000 in 2009, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on May 26, 2010. There are now more than 43,000 Australians receiving treatment against these drugs. The majority (86%) are aged 20-49. 65% of the cases are men.

For more visit: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11526

Share
POSTED 9 Jun 2010
TOPICS  •   • 

Aussies Stingy?

Figures released by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development show Australia spent $US2.76 billion on aid in 2009, equivalent to 0.29 per cent of our gross national income. This ranked Australia 16 out of 23 countries in the index, and well below the average spend of 0.48 per cent.

The most generous nations were Sweden, Norway and Luxembourg all giving more than 1 per cent of their gross national income.

Source: Australian Prayer Network

Share
POSTED 9 Jun 2010

Crisis Accomodation

A report released April 23 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Crisis Accommodation Program 2008-09 indicates that 54,539 households in NSW, Vic, QLD and WA received emergency accommodation. Of these 18,613 were newly assisted, of which 17% were aboriginal households. In WA 1,359 were assisted for the first timbering the total assisted to 1,761 WA households. The total number of indigenous households receiving assistance was 662 in 2008-09.

On April 30, 2010 the AIHW released “Government-funded specialist homelessness services SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09. This report says that young women aged 15-19 were the group most likely to use specialist homeless services. 1 in every 50 women in this age bracket received homeless services. The report says 204,900 people received homeless services in 2008-09 in Australia. $405m was spent on homeless services in the year.

For April 30 report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/hou/219/11235-c01.pdf

For more of Crisis Accommodation Report (April 23): http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11527

Share
POSTED 4 May 2010
TOPICS  • 

WA Sex Education

The Youth Affairs Council of WA is moving a step forward in implementing its 2007 report, “Sexual Health Education and Young People in WA-a youth consultation”. The 2007 report recommended priority is placed on school policies that promote acceptance and support of diverse sexualities at a curriculum, policy and school community level; supporting the implementation of a sexual health curriculum and encouraging partnerships with youth health services. The recommendations were based on what school students felt was required in sex education.

As reported in earlier in Gleanings (May 2009), the result will be an Australian-first and could be adopted Australia-wide once completed.

Six WA Youth sector agencies are trialling the STI/BBV youth peer education program, including Christian organisation Mission Australia Youth Accommodation Support Service.

Related to the project, the Hyper Peer Education Program is recruiting young people aged 15-24 who will explore issues that young people face today, including sexual health, STI’s BBVs, drugs and the media.

The key stakeholders working with YACWA on the project include the FPWA Sexual Health Services, WA Aids Council, The Freedom Centre and the Quarry Health Centre. YACWA hopes to have the project ready for WA Schools by July 2011.

To be involved in the Hyper Peer Education Program and for more info: http://www.yacwa.org.au/content.php?CID=117

For more on the Youth Educating Peers project: http://www.yacwa.org.au/content.php?CID=57

For the initial 2007 report: http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/cproot/999/2/FINAL%20REPORT%20SH%20Education%20and%20Young%20People%20in%20WA%2007.pdf

Share
POSTED 4 May 2010
TOPICS  •   •   • 

Pregnancy Hotline

The Rudd Govt has removed financial support from a pregnancy hotline that was introduced by Tony Abbott when he was health minister. It would be replaced by a parents helpline.

For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=18830

Share
POSTED 25 Jan 2010