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Healthcare | Social Policy

Suicide and self harm in prisons – A New Zealand Corrections Health Services response

Research into the mental health and suicide rates of prisoners in New Zealand presents some challenging figures, suggesting that further interventions are needed to better support those affected. A report on the prevalence of mental health disorders amongst newly-received prisoners in 2016 found that 62 percent meet the diagnosis for either a mental health disorder…

22 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Social Policy

Community exclusion and deviant behaviour

Recent figures indicate that 28 percent of inmates in Australian prisons are Aboriginal, despite Indigenous people making up just 3 percent of the national population. Aunty Kerrie Doyle, Associate Professor of Indigenous Health at RMIT, believes this significant over-representation is due to the ostracism faced by many Indigenous people, both in general society and in…

28 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Social Policy | Technology

Can sentencing be enhanced with artificial intelligence?

Since the 17th century, judicial decisions have been handed down by human beings, for want of a better alternative. But oddly the arrival of a better alternative –artificial intelligence (AI) - has been met with doubt, concern and, in some cases, resistance. “There’s something distinctly uncomfortable and counter intuitive about letting a robot decide the…

29 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Social Policy

When funding is withdrawn | An NDIS case study

In 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began its mission to optimize social and economic independence and full participation for people living with disability in Australia. The scheme promised to give people with disability control and choice; to be a financial sustainable system that the community could take pride and confidence in, with its…

16 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Planning & Design | Social Policy

Preventing cruelty in Prisons – how to meet your OPCAT obligations

In December 2017, Australia ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) – a protocol to prevent torture and other forms of mistreatment in prisons. As part of the initiative, institutions will be required to undergo a series of thorough inspections; and will face greater accountability for the mismanagement of antisocial behavior. In…

15 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Infrastructure | Planning & Design | Social Policy | Technology | Transport & Logistics

Ethical innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship – how Tia Kansara is paving the way for a new economy

  The word ‘innovation’ means different things to different people. To many it is synonymous with artificial intelligence, quantum computing, or the automation of roles previously carried out by humans. But for ecosystem designer and founder of Replenish.Earth Ltd, Dr Tia Kansara, the word innovation is more about ethical rather than digital advancement. Dr Kansara…

20 Jul 2017, by Amy Sarcevic

Social Policy

Early intervention: The key to keeping Youth on Track

Mandy Loundar is the Principal Project Officer for Youth on Track with Juvenile Justice NSW. Speaking at the upcoming Juvenile Justice Summit in Sydney, she will provide insight into the early intervention scheme and demonstrate the positives results of the program. Here, she provides some further insight into her background, the presentation at the conference…

27 Mar 2017, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

Youth Justice: The power to be positive

The Juvenile Justice Summit will take place in May at the Swissotel Sydney. Attendees can expect to hear from a host of key speakers across the topic including the Children’s Court perspective from the Presidents of both the Children’s Court of Victoria and the Children’s Court of NSW. Case studies will be presented from the…

21 Mar 2017, by Thomas Beauchamp

Healthcare | Social Policy

Sandra Dill AM on Surrogacy & Infertility

In the lead-up to the 2016 Assisted Reproductive Technology Summit we spoke to Sandra Dill AM about surrogacy and infertility, and her work with AccessAustralia. Sandra is a consumer advocate for equity of access to patient-centred healthcare achieved through ethical, evidence-based legislation and shared responsibility, engaging patients in all levels of policy decisions. Her advocacy for…

31 Oct 2016, by test test

Healthcare | Social Policy

Break Those Chains Sista: Bringing Attention to Domestic Violence In Indigenous Communities

Family & domestic violence have reached epidemic proportions in Australia, impacting all communities. We spoke to Luke Edwards, who is a social worker and songwriter/producer who assisted with the song ‘Break Those Chains Sista’, which was written and developed by a group of indigenous domestic violence survivors. The song will be featured at the upcoming…

16 Feb 2016, by test test
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