An insurance broker that sacked a state manager accused of being drunk at a work training conference has been ordered to pay him almost $300,000 after a court found his behaviour did not amount to gross misconduct, particularly in light of the company’s practices in relation to alcohol.
A timely reminder of the impact workplace practices and culture can have on alcohol-related harms.
WITH reporting on drugs and crime mostly taking the dimension of the negative impact of drug effect on its users, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), last week held a 2-day Media Roundtable for selected health reporters across the nation where they were trained and urged to look for a more compassionate way of reporting the menace that would be more beneficial to the society.
'He finally urged reporters to avoid sensationalism, present the solution and not the problem stating that it will pave the way for informed discussion.' Some good advice for Aus media producers too!
A spike in drunken visits to Canberra’s two emergency departments has created a “phenomenal burden” for medical professionals
While the immediate harms associated with alcohol spike around Christmas and New Year, we typically start to see the longer-term impacts from late January, as people who have relapsed or experienced significant harms start seeking treatment following what, for many, is a very difficult time of year.
Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.
Challenging common assumptions about parents' readiness to rely on medication to manage behaviour and raising the obvious question, if they're not using medication, what other supports are they getting?
The Abbott government is set to scrap 175 agencies to make budget savings, a measure unions fear could result in up to 9000 job cuts.
In addition to the ANCD/ANACAD changes announced earlier this week, it seems there was some other bad news for the Australian AOD sector. Federal cost-cutting will now include the axing of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. Thanks to Kate Conigrave and Luke Pearson for drawing it to our attention.