Childhood obesity in regional QLD calls for emergency department tests

Diabetes Queensland has called on both major parties to introduce mandatory screening for type two diabetes in the state’s emergency departments. (Image from: Flickr)

The group was especially concerned about children in rural areas such as Widebay, Mackay and Townsville, where up to 30 per cent of children were overweight or obese, according to Queensland Health.

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said early detection will reduce treatment needed later, reducing the high cost for the health system.

She said they were also trying to foster healthy exercise habits through regional sport programs to prevent childhood obesity.


LNP plans youth curfew and welfare cuts to curb Townsville crime

The LNP will, if elected, trial a youth curfew in Townsville and a welfare payment freeze for parents of detained minors, to curb youth crime in north Queensland.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls has hosted a crime forum in Townsville, where youth crime, specifically vandalism, break ins and car theft, was a big issue.

Along with the 10pm youth curfew, the LNP’s plan includes the allocation of $10 million for a police helicopter and $8.6 million for new officers in Cairns.

Debbie Kilroy of Sisters Inside has labelled the plan discriminatory, saying more indigenous children will end up in detention.


Cyclists help close the gap in Indigenous Health

A cycling group has completed a journey of nearly 900 kilometers on their “Tour Da Country” bike tour, to help improve health among Indigenous communities.

The 17 cyclists completed 880 kilometers from Walgett in north-west New South Wales Menindee in the south of the state, to advocate healthy lifestyles in Aboriginal communities.

Wiradjuri cyclist, Ben Russell, said the tour was about setting an example of health to young people, but also imparting life skills.

He added the gap in Indigenous health was mainly due to a lack of access to healthy food, and available health services in remote communities.


Greyhound racing to end in ACT

The ACT Government has introduced new laws to the Assembly to end greyhound racing by the 30th of April next year.

Under the new laws, anyone continuing to race greyhounds will be charged under animal welfare laws and face penalties of up to one year imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.

This comes after the ACT pledged to end greyhound racing in 2015, due to animal cruelty being exposed in the NSW industry.

Breeding and owning racing greyhounds will still be legal in the ACT, but with new animal welfare conditions in place.


Aung San Suu Kyi visits Rakhine

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has visited Rohingya muslim villages in Rakhine, following the violent military attacks and ethnic cleansing.

Ms Suu Kyi has been criticised by human rights groups and international politicians for being silent in regards to the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

600,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in two months, carrying accounts of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces,

The Rohingya, widely hated by Myanmar’s Buddhist population, were denied citizenship and dismissed as illegal “Bengali” immigrants by many government officials.


New Zealand’s ‘Reclaim the Night’ march for a world without rape culture

Young Asian Feminists Aotearoa (YAFA) will be organising a ‘Reclaim the Night’ march in response to the MeToo hashtag campaign, which will be held on Saturday, 4th of November at 7pm.

The gathering will be at Britomart, New Zealand, in which people will march to Aotea Square in rejection of a culture of sexual violence experienced by marginalised communities globally.

YAFA are mobilising in demand of the right of all individuals to live in safety and dignity.

YAFA spokesperson and rally organiser Nishhza said it was disgraceful for rape culture to be normalised, and that men in positions of power should not be excused for their violent and sexual behaviour towards women.