Northern Territory must respect women’s judgment on abortion, advocates say

The Guardian, 19 January 2017
Author: Helen Davidson
“The Northern Territory must give more respect to women as competent decision-makers and stop using criminal law to restrict access to abortion, the Human Rights Law Centre has urged. Outside of limited allowable circumstances, abortion is a criminal offence under the NT criminal code, and the territory is currently the only Australian jurisdiction where women must be in a hospital for any abortion. The availability of medical terminations – using the drug known as RU486 – lags far behind the rest of the country.”
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Most of 260,000 young Australians with chlamydia STI don’t know

SMH, 14 November 2016
Author: Rania Spooner
“Hundreds of thousands of young Australians are living with a sexually transmitted infection and researchers warn most don’t know they’ve got it. According to the Australian Annual Surveillance Report into sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses, there were an estimated 260,000 new cases of chlamydia in 15 to 29-year-olds by the end of 2015. The report also reveals that despite HIV levels stabilising overall, new infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations have continued to rise.”
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Plan to reduce Indigenous suicides finally acknowledges lack of evidence and need for hope

The Conversation, 14 November 2016
Author: Anthony Dillon
“Last week the government released the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project report, which gave recommendations to reduce the high rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There are many factors contributing to Indigenous suicide, occurring in a wide variety of contexts. No document can answer every question on Indigenous suicide. The report does recognise that no two Indigenous suicides are identical.”
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Seeking consent for research with indigenous communities: a systematic review

BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:65
Authors: Emily F. M. Fitzpatrick, Alexandra L. C. Martiniuk, Heather D’Antoine, June Oscar, Maureen Carter, Elizabeth J. Elliott
“When conducting research with Indigenous populations consent should be sought from both individual participants and the local community. We aimed to search and summarise the literature about methods for seeking consent for research with Indigenous populations.”
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Seeking consent for research with indigenous communities: a systematic review

BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:65
Authors: Emily F. M. Fitzpatrick, Alexandra L. C. Martiniuk, Heather D’Antoine, June Oscar, Maureen Carter and Elizabeth J. Elliott
“Our aim was to conduct a systematic review of peer-review and grey literature to identify studies and guidelines that describe specific methods used for seeking consent for research with Indigenous communities and potential individual participants. We also aimed to include studies that described and evaluated the process of seeking consent and its impact on promoting understanding of research, considering individual participant preferences and cultural beliefs.”
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Kimberley Roundtable: Suicide Prevention

Department of Health, 14 October 2016
“The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull had committed the Government to this Roundtable discussion with key stakeholders in the Kimberley to understand what is working in the region and what is not and to find some agreement on ways to help shape a new landmark suicide prevention trial in the Kimberley. The Kimberley region has been selected as an initial site for a suicide prevention trial in recognition of the high rate of suicide in the region, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In the Kimberley, the age-adjusted rate of suicide is more than six times the national average.”
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Indigenous-led suicide prevention plan needed to fight Aboriginal death crisis: report

ABC News, 12 October 2016
Author: Natasha Robinson
“A major report has concluded Aboriginal suicides are at record levels in remote Australia, and mainstream prevention programs are failing.The report calls for a radical rethink in Indigenous mental health policy to place Aboriginal people at the centre of care. It calls for the immediate development of an Indigenous-led national prevention plan to stem a rising tide of Aboriginal deaths.”
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‘Shocking’ number of Indigenous teenagers rate happiness at zero

The Guardian, 7 September 2016
Author: Calla Wahlquist
“A Mission Australia survey found 10% of young Indigenous men and 5% of young Indigenous women rated their usual mental state as “very sad”, compared with just 1% of non-Indigenous people of the same age. The national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth report 2016, released on Thursday, asked 1,162 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander teenagers aged 15 to 19 to rate their general happiness out of 10, where zero was “very sad” and five was “not happy”.”
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Indigenous DNA at centre of ethical furore could help reconnect stolen generations

The Guardian, 18 August 2016
Author: Calla Wahlquist
“Historic blood samples collected from Indigenous Australians could connect members of the stolen generations to their families and improve healthcare for chronic diseases, but not without confronting a troubled legacy of scientific exploitation and racial classification.”
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Aboriginal patients have different experience of hospital, especially in country

SMH, 10 August 2016
Author: Harriet Alexander
“A report on Aboriginal people’s perceptions of the NSW hospital system showed a gulf between their experiences and those of non-Aboriginal people in several key measures, which were more pronounced in rural hospitals. Aboriginal patients were particularly lukewarm on the quality of their communications with clinical staff, whether they had enough privacy when discussing their treatment and whether appropriate arrangements were made for their discharge.”
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