Daily News - Thursday 15 August 2013

Posted 15 August 2013 9:09am

Hostility increases unemployment, unemployment increases hostility
Alex Fradera, BPS Research Digest

We know that unemployment is self-perpetuating, due to reasons including stigma and skill loss. Now new research suggests a further component to this vicious circle: hostile people are more likely to be without work, but periods without work also seem to raise levels of hostility, at least in the short-term.

Battler suburbs hurt by health inequality
Cathy O'Leary, The West Australian

The so-called "health by postcode" chasm is widening between Perth's wealthy and battler suburbs, with people living in eastern suburbs facing alarming doctor and nurse shortages while the western suburbs enjoy plenty of both, a new report warns.

Research shows it is not just access to health services that separates the well-off and the disadvantaged, but also marked differences in rates of common conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and mental health problems.

AMA urges governments to implement health in all policies and to tackle the social determinants of health
Melissa Sweet, Crikey

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton has urged governments to tackle the social determinants of health, describing this as a “public policy imperative”.

In a speech to a Social Determinants of Health Alliance forum in Sydney yesterday, he noted that income inequality is increasing in Australia, as in many other countries.

Canada - How to vaccinate against poverty
Ken MacQueen, Macleans

By some estimates, 20 per cent of the $200 billion spent annually on Canadian health care can be attributed to socio-economic disparities. The things people don’t have—money, primarily—are what kill them or degrade the quality of their lives. The Hamilton town hall meeting, for example, heard of two city neighbourhoods, one rich, one poor, where the difference in average life expectancy was 21 years.

There are vaccines for diseases like measles, mumps and polio. But how do you vaccinate against poverty? That, in essence, is what the CMA set out to explore in its cross-country consultations and in online discussions on its website.

Play Your Part: Protecting children is everybody’s business
Child Family Community Australia

Forum, 3 September 2013, Adelaide SA

The Australian Centre for Child Protection, Healthy Development Adelaide and National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) are hosting a forum as part of National Child Protection Week 2013.

Against All Odds: Fathering with an intellectual disability
Child Family Community Australia

Webinar, 19 September 2013, 11am – 11.45am AEST

Healthy Start invites practitioners to attend a webinar on fathering with an intellectual disability.

Participants will gain an understanding of how practitioners and family members can work together to effectively support a parent with learning difficulties, and learn what family members can do to support a parent with learning difficulties.

The webinar will comprise a 30 minute presentation, followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

Improving responses to refugees with backgrounds of multiple trauma
Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse

This practice monograph brings together five contributions from writers who are recognised for their expertise and experience working with refugees who have histories of trauma, including torture, sexual violence and domestic and family violence. Each contributer offers valuable insight into the enhancement of practice across work with refugee women who experience domestic and family violence.

Families to be sent to Nauru soon
Bianca Hall, The Age

Australia will send asylum seeker families to the tiny island nation of Nauru within weeks, Immigration Minister Tony Burke announced, as disquiet grows in Labor ranks over the party's new asylum seeker policy.

Tony Burke not telling the full story on unaccompanied asylum seeker children
FactCheck, ABC

The Federal Government's recent refugee deal with Papua New Guinea sparked questions about who will be responsible for unaccompanied minors sent offshore.

NT Intervention misses its mark
Fiona McGill, Sydney Morning Herald

When patrol cars packed with federal police officers converged on remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory in 2007 as part of the Howard government's intervention, arrests were expected.

Arrests of child abusers and sex offenders. The sort of people exposed by a disturbing ABC Lateline program about the Mutitjulu community the previous year.

Love and Work Don’t Always Work for Working Class in America, Study Shows
Fariss Samarrai, UVA Today

The decline and disappearance of stable, unionized full-time jobs with health insurance and pensions for people who lack a college degree has had profound effects on working-class Americans who now are less likely to get married, stay married and have their children within marriage than those with college degrees, a new University of Virginia and Harvard University study has found.

Pope Francis is unsettling -- and dividing -- the Catholic right
David Gibson, Religion News Service

For more than three decades, the Vatican of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI operated on a version of the conservative maxim, "No enemies to the right."

While left-wing theologians were silenced and liberal-to-moderate bishops were shunted aside, liturgical traditionalists and cultural conservatives were diligently courted and given direct access to the apostolic palace.

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