Mental Health

Same-sex couple to wed before Christmas and more Zedlines...

Two Melbourne women have been granted legal permission to wed before Christmas, sooner than the expected date same-sex couples could marry.

Stephanie Dybal and Megan Stapleton, who have been together for more than five years, planned their non-binding wedding for the twenty-first of December.

 

As the couple planned their wedding months before the same-sex marriage postal vote, they were granted legal approval to wed before the usual mandatory four-week waiting period for signed legislation to come into effect.

 

Health groups call for endometriosis education in schools and more Zedlines

A coalition of women’s health groups is urging the government to fund an education program about endometriosis.

Awareness of the debilitating disease is low, and many women endure years of pain before being diagnosed.

Dr Susan Evans from the Pelvic Pain Foundation says that education is the way forward to avoid future generations of girls and women suffering.

The coalition, consisting of groups such as EndoActive, the Pelvic Pain foundation, medical research groups, and universities, are also calling for a public awareness campaign and new clinical pathways for better diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

 

Court approval no longer needed for transgender teenagers and more Zedlines

Yesterday, the Australian Family Court ruled in favour of transgender teenager Isabelle Langley, in a landmark case which means that teenagers will no longer need to seek a judge’s approval for hormone therapy.

So long as the child has consent from their parents and treating doctor, there will be no need to apply to court in order to access the therapy.

 

This will cut the treatment waiting time for people experiencing gender dysphoria by a considerable amount.

 

Ms Anna Brown, of the Human Rights Law Centre, says that this ruling will bring Australia ‘into line’ with other countries.

 

Queensland mayor charged with misconduct

Emmanuel College Scandal

Last week students from the University of Queensland’s residential hall Emmanuel College released their 2017 Student's Club yearbook. Many were horrified to discover that students had used shocking language and comments such as “consent is nothing” and “I’d rather choke her to sleep than talk her to sleep”. This comes only 3 months after the Human Rights Commission released a report that revealed that 51% of university students were sexually assaulted or harassed in 2016.

Nearly 1 in 4 teens meet criteria for 'probable serious mental illness': Mission Australia report

Experts argue Australia is not providing the support needed for mental health as young people go through adolescence. Image source: Pixabay

A Mission Australia Report is raising concerns, showing that schools are struggling to cope with a sharp increase in anxiety, depression and self harm among students.

Senior psychologist Beth Matters says cyber bullying and stress, particularly regarding exams, were a major concern for students.

The Report found nearly one in four teenagers meet the criteria for having a “probable serious mental illness”.

 

 

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Multilingual phone service to decrease social isolation among migrants and more zedlines

A local group in the Gold Coast has collaborated with Red Cross, to create a phone service in a bid to reduce migrants’ feelings of social isolation. (Image source: Max Pixel)

An extension of the Red Cross’ TeleCHAT, which checks on the welfare of elderly Australians, gives non-English speakers a chance to converse in their own language.

The program hopes to aid migrants who have moved to Australia and those who are struggling to connect in the community.

The Multicultural Communities Council’s, Troy Nicholls said the program, which will run Queensland-wide for the next 12 months under a government-funded trial, will link people into activities in their area.

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Concerns over toxic landfill in East Timor and more Zedlines

There are fears for the health of young scavengers seeking a living in East Timor's unregulated Tibar Landfill near the capital Dili. (Image source: UN Photo/Martine Perret)

Children exposed to toxic conditions in East Timor 

There are fears for the health of young scavengers seeking a living in East Timor's Tibar Landfill near the capital Dili.

The unregulated dumping ground has been named an environmental and public catastrophe, and is home to lethal substances such as asbestos and untreated hospital waste. 

According to the World Health Organisation, "about 100 tonnes of hazadous wastes are produced every year in Dili from healthcare activities alone". 

 

24 Hour vigil for Manus Island detainees to take place at Peter Dutton's Office

A 24 hour vigil is being organised by the Refugee Action Collective QLD to support the 600 ex detainees that are stuck in Manus Island without food, water and medical supplies. Since the Detention Centre closed on the 31st of October with water and electricity being cut off the men are without basic amenities and a humanitarian crisis is under way. The men refuse to leave as they worry for their safety in the communities of Papau New Guinea. 4ZZZ Reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Mark Gillespie from Refugee Action Collective about this planned action and the situation on Manus. 

 

Manus Island detention centre scheduled to close tomorrow and more Zedlines...

Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island is scheduled to be closed tomorrow, after being declared illegal and in breach of human rights in April 2016.

There are 600 residents currently residing on Manus Island, who will be resettled according to whether or not their claims to asylum are seen as valid.

If their claims are deemed valid, asylum seekers will be resettled in Papua New Guinea, but if they are deemed invalid, they will be repatriated, transferred to another offshore detention camp, or be resettled in a different country, such as the US.

Queensland algae to potentially combat obesity and more zedlines...

Queensland-grown algae could help prevent cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disease, and help to reduce obesity. Image sourced from Mariusz Zedzierski at Naturalnie

Researchers from The University of Southern Queensland and James Cook University are working to create an industry for the seaweed in regional Queensland.

The algae is being grown in prawn and barramundi farms to remove nutrients from wastewater that might otherwise flow into the Great Barrier Reef, and also produces a valuable biomass.

Project leader Lindsay Brown says their research indicates algae is a functional food with various health benefits for humans, including disease prevention, finding promising results in initial tests.

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