Health leaders this week urged the wider health sector to engage with welfare reform debate and processes, noting the significant impacts that such reforms could have upon healthcare systems and the community’s health and wellbeing. In the article below, the CEO of UnitingCare ReGen, Laurence Alvis, urges the Federal Government to be cautious about adopting approaches that are based upon simplistic understandings of complex issues, such as alcohol and other drug dependence, and that do little to address the structural and social determinants of health.
Our response to last week's indications from the Federal Government that future welfare reforms could see payments being linked to recipients 'obligation to refrain' from AOD use.
The human rights implications of drug policy and drug use are many and varied. In the latest instalment of their exclusive series of articles for VolteFace, Kate Thompson and Petr Kudêlka explore the interface between the two, and, in particular, how drug policy impacts on the right to health. One of the focal points of any discussion about drugs, drug … Continued
Highlighting the global impacts of prohibitionist policy models.
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/.
GOLD Coast council staff are about to be subject to random drug and alcohol testing for at least the next two years. Council are currently seeking a contractor to conduct drug and alcohol tests on staff on a random basis.
More evidence of the boom market for drug testing companies. See our recent piece on the role unquestioning media coverage plays in creating demand for these services, in spite of the lack of evidence for their effectiveness: http://sco.lt/5aHsnJ.
There have been 25 deaths at EDM events in Los Angeles over the past three years. Unless the problem is taken seriously, the scene’s future is at risk
Mr Romero says the 'only' options to prevent festival overdoses are to ban festivals or to increase the age of entry. Neither of those will be effective. Dug checking services would have a much greater likelihood of reducing immediate risk, and supporting education on the potential risks associated with illicits.
OTTAWA — The federal government said Wednesday it is prepared to amend Conservative legislation that critics say was intended to prevent the national proliferation of supervised injection sites modelled after Vancouver’s Insite facility.
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.
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