Sexual abuse in Victoria’s mental wards is bad and getting worse

The Age, 11 December 2017
Author: Farrah Tomazin
“Fairfax Media can reveal that vulnerable people seeking psychiatric treatment in state-run hospitals continue to face unacceptable rates of sexual assault and violence, mostly from other patients, amid accusations that some staff are trying to cover up the extent of the problem.”
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What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis?

NPR, 15 November 2017
Author: Alison Kodjak
“More than 30,000 people are killed with guns in the U.S. every year. That’s more than die of AIDS, and about the same number as die in car crashes or from liver disease. But unlike AIDS or car crashes, the government doesn’t treat gun injuries or deaths as a public health threat.”
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Firearm Surrender Laws: Prompting Promise for Women’s Health

Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(8):591-592
Authors: Joslyn Fisher, Amy Bonomi
“Homicide is a leading cause of death in women of childbearing age. Further, more than half of female homicides with a known perpetrator are committed by a current or former intimate partner. Firearm access in the home exacerbates the risk for homicide by an intimate partner. Although federal legislation, such as the Violence Against Women Act, restricts domestic abusers’ access to firearms, state and local implementation of these regulations is highly variable.”
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Son speaks out on behalf of Indian doctors charged over death of patient

BMJ 2017; 356:j171
Author: Anne Gulland
“The son of two doctors arrested in India after the death of a patient has condemned increasing violence against healthcare staff. Kusum Tamhane, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and her husband Uttam Tamhane, a consultant general surgeon, alongside another doctor, Sanjay Ladkat, and a nurse, Manisha Mandlik, who work in Pune, India, were arrested on 4 January, five months after the death of a female patient from anaphylaxis.”
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Doctors attack immigration department over Nauru and Manus Island medical cases

SMH, 6 November 2016
Author: Michael Koziol
“The Australian Medical Association has detailed shocking cases of apparent medical neglect, wasting and severe ill-health among asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and accused immigration bureaucrats of failing to adequately follow up cases.”
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Human Trafficking: The Role of Medicine in Interrupting the Cycle of Abuse and Violence

Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(8):582-588.
Author: Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos
“Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, is an egregious violation of human rights with profound personal and public health implications. It includes forced labor and sexual exploitation of both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens and has been reported in all 50 states. Victims of human trafficking are currently among the most abused and disenfranchised persons in society, and they face a wide range of negative health outcomes resulting from their subjugation and exploitation. Medicine has an important role to play in mitigating the devastating effects of human trafficking on individuals and society.”
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WHO calls for immediate safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from conflict areas

World Health Organization, 30 September 2016
“WHO is calling on belligerents in Syria to allow for the immediate and safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from all areas affected by the conflict, including eastern Aleppo. The Organization is also calling for a halt of attacks on health care workers and facilities.”
Find news release here.

Our safety counts: children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns

Institute of Child Protection Studies (ACU), online 7 September 2016
Authors: Tim Moore, Morag McArthur, Jessica Heerde, Steven Roche, Patrick O’Leary
“Over the past three years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has explored the extent to which children and young people have been exposed to child sexual abuse, and considered some of the reasons why institutions have failed to actively prevent child sexual abuse and appropriately respond when children and young people have been harmed. Similar inquiries have consistently found that institutions have failed to appreciate children and young people’s views and experiences.  …This  study attempts  to  better understand children and young people’s perceptions of safety within institutions, and their views on how adults and institutions are responding to their safety needs.”
Find report here (PDF).