It is understandable the installation of an Automatic Syringe Dispensing Machine (ASDM) outside the Redfern Community Health Centre has raised community concerns and questions. The issues around illicit drug use are broad and complex, and have been the focus of tensions for many years around the Needle Bus on The Block. Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) has a responsibility to engage the community and to help facilitate community dialogue and understanding, not just to ensure harm minimisation.
It was predicted to be a hot summer. And hot it has been indeed. Temperature records have tumbled across Australia – including the hottest day, the longest heat-wave, and the hottest four-month period.
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Simmering social concerns are reaching boiling point in Waterloo and Redfern.
Mental Health Week (October 7-13) aims to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and promote mental wellbeing, and World Mental Health Day will be celebrated internationally on October 10.
This month’s Review section is dedicated in loving memory to Jane Barton who passed away at her home, with partner Melissa by her side and dear friends nearby, on August 15.
Local teachers have criticised the O’Farrell government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions policy. Instead of providing regional services, funding goes directly to schools through a new funding formula, based on NAPLAN results and prevalence ratios. The formula means that while many schools are better off in the short term, up to 272 schools in the state, including several in the South Sydney area, have less funds for disability services.
The integrity of news reporting can be compromised by financial and political interests of editors and journalists. That much would seem self-evident. Of course, media companies have long…
Recognition and respect for cultural difference is a fundamental responsibility we owe each other. Recently we have been giving considerable thought to our indigenous heritage and how we…