Body image and women’s sport.

We know that exercise is good for us. We know that sport can be uplifting, social, and confidence building. Why is it, then that still, in 2016, so many girls and women (and not a few men) are put off participating in sport because of poor self-image caused by debilitating stereotypes? Stand in a busy street or shopping mall for an hour and look at the people around you. It…

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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

What is sanity? What is mentally well? One of the confounding aspects of the label “mentally ill” and the stigma attached to it is that we can’t, with any certainty, answer these questions. The reality is that we are speaking of difference, and much of humanity fears difference. The result is that we deride it, isolate it and, paradoxically, give a group label to those who exhibit it, as “crazy”…

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We are human.  How humanitarian are we?

Most of us are aware of the unprecedented levels of human conflict and suffering that exist in today’s world. We are also aware of the severe inequities in living standards, health, education, housing, access to water, sewerage and the like. We have seen, though not really acknowledged, the obscenity of 53 men and 9 women owning as much wealth as half of the World’s population, i.e 3.6 Billion people. Yes,…

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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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Mental health patients facing cuts to crucial services

It is estimated that 1 in 4 Australians will suffer some form of mental illness or complication during their lives. For many, issues with mental health are lifelong and coping not only with their condition but with the stigma that persists in relation to mental ill-health, can be enormously debilitating and destroy lives. When lives are destroyed because of preventable factors it is an indictment on society. In democracies, governments…

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