On Monday October 29, Blue Knot Day, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health, launched the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery. These Guidelines were highly acclaimed, even prior to their release, both nationally and internationally. They offer hope and optimism for pathways to recovery for the 4-5 million Australian adult survivors of unresolved trauma.
I entered the room in which she sat motionless, just staring intently at her baby in the humidicrib. The woman in the pink dress did not turn to look at me, despite my odd appearance: white girl in oversized black abaya and untidy hijab juggling a camera and notebook. The woman’s baby girl was struggling to breathe. She had complex congenital heart defects, like so many babies born in Fallujah, a dusty, war-weary city, west of Baghdad, currently experiencing a dramatic increase in birth defects and miscarriages.
WATERLOO: The Factory Community Centre currently runs a program that is funded by the federal government under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Beyond Walls Outreach helps to reduce anti-social behaviour on the streets, through educational and diversionary outreach activities in the local area, engaging with substance misusers. Pilot funding is coming to an end (in January 2013), and the vicious cycle threatens to start up again.
On October 26, many thousands of people around the country gathered to share in DisabiliTEA events. These drew attention to the urgent need for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) into every Australian community.
One year on from its founding Assembly last September, Sydney Alliance held its second City Assembly at the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday October 28 to report back to over 1,000 members from its 48 partner organisations.
October 15 was International White Cane Day.
October is Mental Health Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues. The Sunflower Clinic is a specialist service tailored to the needs of people affected by psychosis, and their carers. Julia Jacklin spoke to Alexandra who works at the Burwood Clinic.
WATERLOO: Being born as a congenital amputee has taught 30 year-old Deborah Roach to be persistent. The local resident has competed in cycling at a national level and…
The Minerals Resource Rent Tax is set to aid small businesses and superannuation funds for Sydney residents. Superannuation will rise from 9 to 12 per cent for 61,500…