Mental Health

Community in far north QLD wants alcohol ban lifted to combat deadly homebrew

The far north Queensland community of Mornington Island is calling for the state government to lift the ban on alcohol to fight the current homebrew epidemic.

Introduced in 2009, Mornington Island is one of the 19 communities under the state government’s Alcohol Management Plan, and has since seen a severe rise in homebrewed alcohol.

The homebrew epidemic is cause for serious concern as Mornington Island resident’s health is being impacted and children as young as 12 are making their own brew.

Syrian ceasefire zone extended...and more Zedlines

A fourth “de-escalation zone” has been established in Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry’s spokesperson says.

Russia has been an ally to Syrian Armed Forces and National Defence Forces since the Civil War started in 2011.

Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday on Russian TV that the ministry and Syria’s opposition agreed on a ceasefire starting Thursday afternoon in the new zone north of the city of Homs, which is located about 162 kilometres north of Damascus.

About 150 000 people live in the area.

Mental illness biggest risk for homelessness

Parents key to tackling youth mental health spike

4ZZZ reporter Toby Crockford looks into the reasons behind the rise of mental health issues amongst Australian school children and how a new support program is targeting parents to tackle this spike. Here is his discussion with Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. (Image: Supplied)


UN Claims Peter Dutton Broke Promise and more Zedlines

The United Nations refugee agency claims the Australian government said they would resettle Manus Island and Nauru refugees in Australia in meetings they had with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

The UN says that they agreed to facilitate a deal between Australia and the United Nations as long as the federal government agreed to settle vulnerable refugees with family in Australia.

The Turnbull government has always maintained that no refugees will be resettled here and dismissed claims that they had broken promises to the UN.


Queensland Father of Three Suing Ruby League Club for Tackle

Queensland Trials Professional Foster Carer Program

Queensland is to trial a new professional foster carer program that hopes to improve the lives of young people with high support needs.

The program is costed at 3 million dollars, aimed at nurses and teachers and will run for 2 years as the government monitors its success.  

The professional foster carers will be paid up to sixty-five thousand a year and will also be trained in fields such as child development and counselling.


Artworks On Show in Brisbane

Brisbane colours will truly be flying this July as the city opens up its most popular public spaces in order to showcase world renowned works by local artists.

Indigenous Queenslanders encouraged to develop computer coding skills

Eight indigenous communities will benefit from 157 thousand dollars in grants to support the delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.

Aurukun , Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville were announced to be the communities that will benefit from computer coding based skills programs.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the program was specifically designed to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university.

NSW Greens support Lee Rhiannon and more Zedlines...

The New South Wales Greens are defending federal senator Lee Rhiannon, saying her suspension is unconstitutional.

The NSW state delegates council met on Saturday to vote in support of Rhiannon, after she was banished from the federal party room last month for opposing the Gonski 2.0 funding package.

The delegates have requested Rhiannon be “fully reinstated without restriction”, but the party’s federal arm says she will remain excluded until the NSW branch ends the practice of binding their MPs to vote a certain way.


LNP making promises for Brisbane as election approaches


Julia Gillard weighs in on mental health

Former prime minister, Julia gillard has piped up about Donald Trump’s mental health comments as she steps into her role as the chair of Beyond Blue.

Ms Gillard made comments on Lateline about how the president’s comments will effect the stigma surrounding mental health.

She hopes to bring issue of mental health into the spotlight in her new role.

North Queensland to receive funding
Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged 4 million dollars to infrastructure in Northern Queensland.

The project will aim to improve water supply, drainage and transport infrastructure in a number of towns in the state’s north.

NAIDOC week figures show action is needed to close the gap on cancer survival and more Zedlines...

Figures released by the Cancer Council Queensland show that greater action is needed to close the gap on indigenous cancer survival.

The figures reveal that 59% of indigenous persons survive their cancer, compared to 65% of non-indigenous people.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms McMillan said while overall survival rates for Indigenous cancer patients were improving, the gap in survival between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders has not improved over time.

These figures were released for NAIDOC week - a time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Indigenous Australians, and raise awareness about health inequalities.



Bringing the skink back from the brink! And more zedlines...

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are supporting a new project to trial the release of critically endangered blue-tailed skinks into a wild enclosure.

The initiative follows highly successful captive breeding programs that have brought the Christmas Island’s Lister’s gecko and the blue-tailed skink back from the brink of extinction.

Researcher Jon-Paul Emery from UWA is working closely with Christmas Island National Park staff to monitor the release and fill gaps in our knowledge about the blue-tailed skink.

Mr Emery said if this release is successful, it will allow the potential for more skinks to be reintroduced into enclosures on Christmas Island which will be a major step in securing the future of the species.