Mental Health

Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.

 

New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

St Kilda's centre for drag queens to be demolished and more Zedlines

An Iconic hotel in St Kilda has closed, after the site had been ‘earmarked’ for demolition to make way for apartments.

The 160-year-old Greyhound hotel was a centre for drag-queens and on Thursday night owners took to Facebook to break the news.

The venue was a safe haven for Melbourne’s LGBTIQ community, with many commenting on the post to say goodbye and praise the safe place that was created.

 

Minister buys apartment on tax payer funded trip

Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, claims she did not plan on buying a $795,000 apartment while on a tax-payer funded trip to Queensland.

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

Centrelink data-matching under fire and more Zedlines

The former head of the Federal Government’s digital transformation office, Paul Shelter, says the error rates of Centrelink’s data-matching processes are so high that any private enterprise would have gone out of business. (Image Source: Flickr)

 

Centrelink has been increasingly under fire this week amid reports of false debt notices being issued to low-income Australians as a result of new data-matching with the ATO… In some cases, customers are being asked to provide payslips from six years ago.

 

Shelter told The Guardian the Department of Human Services has a culture of blame aversion, with only good news making it up through the chain of bureaucracy.

 

He says failures lead to blame shifting.

 

Looking After Ourselves this Xmas

As we know, the Xmas period can be stressful for some of us, for many reasons, and Lifeline offers 24-hour, 7-day-a-week support: 13 11 14. Brisbane Line speaks with Lee-Anne Borham (Lifeline Program Manager, Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention) about the issues people most often contact Lifeline about at this time of year, and what we can do to look after ourselves and one another. And if you think someone’s doing it a bit tough, don’t be scared to ask them how they’re doing.

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Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

Youth service JellyBeans to remain open for now, and more Zedlines...

The transgender youth service will remain open for a few more months after temporarily securing funding. (Image Source: Jack McDonnell)

Youth service JellyBeans to stay open.. for now

The transgender youth service, JellyBeans, will be able to stay open for another 3 months, after securing a $5000 donation on behalf of Brisbane Central State MP Grace Grace but needs continuing support.

Last month, Open Doors chair, Tyrone Shandiman, announced the group would be forced to shut down at the end of this month unless it can acquire more support.

Jelly Beans socially support transgender, gender variant and genderqueer people under the age of 24.

 

Addressing the impacts of suicide on farming communities and more Zedlines..

A new website aiming to reduce stigma surrounding suicide in farming communities is asking people from farming communities to complete an in-depth survey to help researchers better understand the impact suicide has on families left behind.

The Ripple Effect, launched a few months ago, has garnered more than 7000 visits, and also provides strategies on how to deal with negative thoughts, as well as information on how to help someone who is thinking about taking their own life or struggling with suicide bereavement.

Research by Griffith University shows that Queensland and New South Wales agricultural workers could be twice as likely to die by suicide compared to those in other occupations.

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