The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with implementing Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations through further investments in support services for victims of family violence and sexual assault and the appointment of an Implementation Monitor.
The Vic Govt announces its funding response to the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations. Our new Caring Dad's program (now into the second week of it's first round) is part of this response.
Manila woman says police assassinated her husband in case of mistaken identity.
So, 'crime is well down', if you don't count the more than 3,500 state sanctioned murders that have been committed in the past few months. Another tragic example of the impacts of President Duterte's brutal policies, with no end in sight.
FRONTLINE workers, from council rangers to festival staff, will receiving extra training on how to deal with methamphetamine-affected people as part of the Barnett Governments strategy to tackle the scourge.
Good to see NDRI involved in developing training for workers in de-escalation: a key skill in responding to AOD-related aggression.
Lindsay Murdoch reports from the war that will not end until every drug suspect surrenders, is caught or killed.
A telling example of the power of internalised stigma. There is no greater indication of just how deep the problems associated with illicit drug use go in the Philippines than the fact that people believe that this is how they deserve to be treated. It's also worth noting that the President has also made threats of violence against domestic critics and begun removing opponents from public office: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/world/asia/duterte-philippines-drug-war.html?_r=0. In such an environment (where people are seeking imprisonment in the belief that it will reduce their chances of being extrajudicially executed by police or death squads), it will be hard to find many amongst those who are directly at risk who are willing to go on record to challenge the President's brutal policies. To take action, see Amnesty International's request for urgent action in demanding that Philippine authorities respect basic human rights: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa35/4857/2016/en/.
Medic Conor Walsh has won an award for his essay on why lower socioeconomic groups suffer more alcohol-related harm, even though they drink less.
Mr Walsh argues that, while there are greater numbers of people who abstain from aclohol use amongst disdavantaged groups, there are also higher rates of binge drinking, resulting in high concentrations of alcohol related harm. He also recognises the impacts of the social determinants of health as contributing to alcohol related harm. You can see the essay here: http://www.m-c-a.org.uk/documents/2016_essay_2. See also yesterday's post on Scottish figures about problematic drinking by wealthy Scots: http://sco.lt/94whnt.
The wealthiest Scots are drinking the most dangerous levels of alcohol, with 35 per cent of the richest households consuming hazardous amounts of drink compared to 18 per cent of the poorest households.
More evidence challenging the common assumption that alcohol related harm is concentrated within disadvantaged communities.
Those who peddle in the misery of the ice trade will face tougher penalties under new laws proposed by the Andrews Labor Government. New legislation is being drafted which will see a lowering of commercial and large commercial quantities for ice trafficking – giving police greater capacity to prosecute dealers.
Media release from Police Minister Lisa Neville. While such measures are politically popular, there's little evidence they are effective in reducing illicit drug related harm within our communities.
More than two-thirds of searches done last year in NSW did not find drugs
New data provides more evidence of the ineffectiveness of using sniffer dogs and shows Redfern is one of the most frequently targetted suburbs, in spite of the fact that it has one of the lowest levels of positive search results.
Kids addicted to drugs in South Australia could be forced to spend up to a year at a treatment facility under new laws proposed by the state opposition.
In spite of the well-recognised lack of evidence for forced treatment models as being any more effective than voluntary treatment, the SA opposition follows the lead of the WA (http://sco.lt/6J0WrR) and NT (http://sco.lt/8fOTZ3) governments. This article gives no indication of whether the proposed legislation would be accompanied by new funding for increased capacity within the SA treatment system, or whether those subjected to such orders would simply displace people voluntarily seeking treatment.
An ACT Supreme Court judge has told a court a prison needle exchange "would do much to resolve" the spread of infection among inmates who used share
Good to see Justice Refshauge recognising the evidence supporting prison NSPs. This article indicates that, while the proposal has been comprehensively rejected by prison officers, there may still be options to keep it alive.
The Washington Post have reported on the findings of newly published research which reveals that, in U.S. states with access to medicinal cannabis, purchases of pharmaceutical painkillers have plummeted. Indeed, the long running assumption that cannabis has value as an effective analgesic, buoyed by an enormous backlog of anecdotal evidence, is beginning to find scientific grounding in the … Continued
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