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HEALTH & WELLBEING

The intervention versus homelands – shattered ambitions

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Homelands began in the 1960s in a political climate of increasing recognition of Indigenous rights and progressive reform. Brendan Howden says homelands offer a more successful and sustainable way forward for remote area Aboriginal people than the intervention model.

In essence this is the story of a dispossessed and marginalised people reclaiming their country, culture and lives versus a state and culture hell bent on making them over in their own image.

The shifting fate of Aboriginal homelands in the Northern Territory (NT) has never been more tenuous. Now in the hands of a conservative Territory government that has lost the faith of three of its four remote areas Aboriginal members, it seems perilous. This same government saw fit to allocate only $7 million toward housing on homelands where 30% of the NT’s Aboriginal population live. Contrast the designated community ‘growth towns’, home to 24% of the NT’s Aboriginal people, with $672 million federally and a further $100 million from the NT government for housing. Do the math and it equates to 133:1, odds stacked in these communities’ favour. It begs the question how did we get to this state of affairs?

Disconnect to reconnect

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Social September encourages us to press pause – disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Together we can stop the heartache

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This September big-hearted Australians are again invited to help save lives and make research possible by supporting the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal.

Inspire conversations

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Thursday 11 September we are encouraged to meaningfully ask “Are you ok?” There is research suggesting that this simplest of questions can make a difference in suicide prevention.

Children in immigration detention: Worse than Guantanamo Bay?

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There is mounting evidence that children in immigration detention are subject to appalling physical and mental maltreatment. Angela Beresford speculates about the political motives of the Australian Government.

What if bioinformatics could measure health for an early diagnosis of disease?

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Bioinformatics joins biology and computing together to analyse data from biological samples. Professor Shoba Ranganathan recently hosted a conference that addressed how we can mine biological data to quantify health and develop preventive healthcare strategies.

Why Australia needs a cyclists party

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The Australian Cyclists Party has recently been approved to be a registered Federal party. Its President and Founder Omar Khalifa says we need to rethink our priorities if we want to improve traffic congestion, our health and the environment.

Effective childcare programs for children with ASD - yes we can!

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Standard community services often don’t have the resources to support intensive home programs for pre-schoolers with autism. Dr Giacomo Vivanti shares research on how an effective intervention model can be delivered successfully in a childcare setting.

Swimming, sport and all that Jaz

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Regardless of the level you reach in any sport, the life lessons and skills developed are invaluable. Jaz Forsyth from Swim Australia looks back on her own career as a competitive swimmer cut short.

Australia’s response to the HIV/AIDS crisis

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The first cases of HIV/AIDS first occurred in the early 1980. Professor David Penington was Chairman of the National AIDS Task Force at the time and recounts how the recognition and response to the disease unfolded in Australia ahead of a global AIDS conference in Melbourne.