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Whistleblowing protections vital for improving aged care in Australia

Improving protections for whistleblowers should be the one of the first steps taken by government to ensure reasonable standards of aged care in Australia, according to Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), The Hon. Bruce Lander QC. Speaking to Informa ahead of the Aged Care Reform Conference, Mr. Lander said that sheltering whistleblowers from acts of…

23 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Healthcare | Social Policy

The physical and mental health of young people in youth detention: A global scoping review

A systematic review of the health of young people in youth detention is expected to reveal, for the first time, a detailed and accurate picture of their physical and mental health, in a bid to entice further government intervention and investment. The research – undertaken by Dr. Rohan Borschmann and peers at the University of…

30 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

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 Informa
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