Mental Health

Pangolin trade banned by United Nations and more Zedlines

(Image source: flickr.com, Ruslan Rugoals)

The United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has voted to ban the trade of Pangolins, a small scaled mammal found in Asia and Africa.

The animal, which has eight subspecies, has the misfortune of being the world’s most poached creature due to its popularity in Asia, where its meat is a popular delicacy and its scales are an ingredient in traditional medicine.  

The Convention also voted to extend the ban to the barbary macaques, the only primate living north of the Sahara.

 

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply and more Zedlines

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Mackay votes to remove fluoride from drinking supply

Mackay is the latest council in Queensland to vote to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply.

Fluoridation will continue in 24 of the state's 77 councils as an increasing number of councils have acted on the decision by the LNP government to make fluoride optional after Labor made it compulsory in 2007.

Health Minister Cameron Dick says the current Labor Government would not revisit the issue.

 

 

Findings reveal job taking toll on midwives

Capilano launches world first prebiotic honey and more Zedlines

Australian honey company Capilano has today launched the world's first prebiotic honey.

Capilano launches world first prebiotic honey

Australian honey company Capilano today launched the world's first prebiotic honey.

The new product is named “Beeotic” and will be sold in Australian supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as in China.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Chinese consumers are very responsive to natural products, making it an ideal market to enter into.

 

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out and more Zedlines

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson. Image: Creative Commons, Abby.

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out.

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson.

A Chlamydia and retro-virus crisis coupled with the loss of their natural habitat has caused the Koala population to fall to single digits.

In response, the Queensland government has announced it will be adding property, planning and environment specialist Antra Hood to an expert panel which is working to remedy the dwindling Koala population.

 

MP's maiden speech on suicide sparks conversation and more Zedlines

Liberal MP for Berowra Julian Lesser made waves on his first day of Parliament when he devoted his maiden speech to his father’s suicide. source; wikimedia

MP's maiden speech on suicide sparks conversation

Liberal MP for Berowra Julian Lesser made waves on his first day of Parliament when he devoted his maiden speech to his father’s suicide.

Mr Lesser recalled being woken up in the middle of the night by his mother at the age of 20 to learn his father had taken his own life, leaving behind a note.

The speech was met with vigorous sympathy from the house, with Mr Lesser hoping it would spark a conversation on suicide and mental health issues.
 

Possible casino for Toowoomba and more Zedlines

Toowoomba may be eligible for a casino after developers in Cairns declined the regional casino licence.

Toowoomba may be eligible for a casino after developers in Cairns declined the regional casino licence.

 

Regional locations, such as Toowoomba, can apply for the licence, however they must meet stringent criteria which includes major capital investment, a population of more than 150,000 and well established transport networks.

 

New investment in Solar Energy farms and more Zedlines

Big banks are backing sustainable energy with major investment in solar energy. Image source: Wikipedia

New investment in Solar Energy farms

The big banks are going green, committing to invest more in solar energy projects over the next twelve months.

ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknect said greater efficiency in energy production and storage means investors are getting more bang for their buck.

This news comes as the Clean Energy Council announced twelve new solar farms, six in Queensland  will receive $100 million from the Federal Government

 

Clive Palmer set to appear in court

Interview With Dr. Robyne Le Brocque On The Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress

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During September 8th-10th the 19th Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress will take place on the Gold Coast. The ACTS will discuss topics including childhood sexual abuse, family violence, refugee and asylum seeker trauma and the moral conflicts that are faced by military personnel. University of Queensland researcher Dr. Robyne Le Brocque says that the long-term suffering of military veterans proves that time does not heal all and that many do not realise the difference between ‘moral injury’ and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.    

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Video emerges of violent arrest and more Zedlines

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’ The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man. (Image: Youtube)

Video emerges of violent arrest

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’

The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man.

Queensland Police say they are investigating the incident but are unable to give details surrounding charges.

Mental health services cut in drought stricken areas and more Zedlines

Federal funding has ended leaving people unable to access mental health services in drought stricken areas of the country. Image source: wikipedia

Mental health services ended in drought stricken areas

Drought affected areas of the country are being left stranded after federal funding ended mental health services for the regions.

Services such as door to door counselling and community events have stopped after the funding ended in July and was transferred to the Public Health Networks who say it could be up to 18 months before the gap is closed.

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