NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay has come out in support of a limited trial of medically supervised pill-testing at music festivals. Her party’s back-flip in support of a harm minimisation trial comes on the back of Deputy State Coroner Harriet...
A recent report has shown that older Australians don’t trust the Aged Care sector, seeing the industry as shady and opaque. The 2019 Inside Aged Care report, conducted by consultancy Faster Horses, found that just 12% of Australians over 60...
Fires of unprecedented number and ferocity are today raging in New South Wales and Queensland. Residents in some regions woke to news that the fire danger was “catastrophic”. Rural fire chief Shane Fitzsimmons was blunt when he explained what...
There’s a lot of baggage around mental health, and the mental health of expecting and new parents is no exception. Too many people are still afraid to talk about perinatal anxiety and depression. Too many people don’t know the signs...
NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda reflects on the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim report from the departure lounge of Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. Australia, how did it come to this? I’m sitting at Melbourne Airport, and...
The title of today’s Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – “Neglect” encapsulates aged care in Australia. Unfortunately, it’s that simple – the history of aged care in Australia is a story of...
Public health and nursing academic Dr Margie Harris explains why she is disgusted by the Government's refusal to implement pill testing, despite the recommendations of the Deputy Coroner.  As a public health academic of over 25 years, specialising in health...
South Australian nurses and midwives have elected to take industrial action if their state Liberal Government does not deliver on key patient safety measures. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) has overwhelmingly decided to take industrial action from...
Leaders from the International Council of Nurses (ICN) have met to reaffirm their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD), particularly in regards to universal health coverage and the control of disease. At a meeting of the 130-plus member council,...
When those living with HIV or Blood-borne viruses (BBV) experience or perceive stigma and discrimination, the body of published evidence suggests they either leave a service before being seen or a lost to follow up. For those living with...