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March 10, 2016

NATIONAL CLOSE THE GAP DAY

National Close the Gap Day aims to bring people together, to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.There are a range of events, from workplace morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country and anyone can take part and make a difference.

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August 8, 2014

WE ARE DRUG USERS: VOICES FROM THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS

The recent 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne featured a screening of "We are drug users: Voices from the global movement of people who use drugs" - the story of drug user activism throughout the world.  When HIV was first identified in the early 1980's, it was clear that any effective response had to involve the engagement of the communities most impacted by the virus.  In Australia, drug user organisations were formed around the country - QuIVAA in Queensland and similar organisations in most states and territories.  This documentary tells the story of similar drug user organisations and activism throughout the world.  Drug user organisations have been crucial to the HIV response - developing peer education programs, fighting stigma and discrimination, and advocating for greater access to harm reduction services.

Watch "We are drug users: Voices from the global movement of people who use drugs" here.

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July 27, 2011

2010 NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY REPORT

The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was conducted between late-April and early-September 2010. This was the 10th survey in a series which began in 1985, and was the fifth to be managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). More than 26,000 people aged 12 years or older participated in the survey, in which they were asked about their knowledge of and attitudes towards drugs, their drug consumption histories, and related behaviours.

The Survey report shows positive and significant reductions since 2007 in daily tobacco smoking; mixed findings on alcohol consumption and risk; and a small overall rise in illicit drug use. In terms of attitudes to drugs, excessive alcohol use and tobacco smoking were nominated as the two most serious concerns to the community - and there were higher levels of support than previously for tobacco and alcohol harm reduction policies.

For more information or to review the report, visit the AIHW website here: AIHW National Drug Stategy Household Survey 2010 Report

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July 15, 2011

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2011: GRANTS OPEN

The 2011 Mental Health Week will be held across Australia from the 9th to the 15th of October.  Grants are available from the Mental Health Association Queensland (MHAQ) to assist community organisations in holding community events throughout the week.   Grants from $500 to $2000 are available, so get together with other services in your local area and create an event to help raise awareness about mental illness.

Mental Health Association Queensland Website.


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July 8, 2011

SPEAK UP: YOUNG PEOPLE HAVING A SAY

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) are working with Plan International to run consultations with young people around their views on ending poverty, both in Australia and around the world.   They are particularly interested in speaking with young people who have disengaged from education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and young people who are newly arrived in Australia.

If you want to learn more about the project, or if you know of groups of young people that might want to be involved in the consultation, contact Jacqui at AYAC by email (Jacqui@ayac.org.au) or phone 02 9212 0500

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May 25, 2011

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

This week sees a number of significant dates that acknowledge the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.   Yesterday (Thursday the 26th of May) was National Sorry Day and from today until the 3rd of June is National Reconciliation Week.   The theme of this year's week is "Let's Talk Recognition".   It's a time to reflect and to consider how the past impacts on the current generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.   There are events happening throughout Australia to recognise National Reconciliation Week.  Check out the website of Reconciliation Australia to find events happening in your local area, or to find out more about the work of Reconciliation Australia.

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May 19, 2011

UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITY DISADVANTAGE

The Australian Institute of Family Studies have published a resource sheet looking at the factors that contribute to community disadvantage. This resource includes information on the interplay between individual factors such as unemployment alongside social and environmental factors such as lack of opportunity. Recent advances in measuring and interpreting signs of community disadvantage mean that we are now able to consider different approaches to addressing the problem. Across Australia, 1.7% of postcodes experience seven times the rate of community disadvantage indicators such as low income, limited access to computers / internet, early school leaving, prison admissions and child maltreatment.

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April 1, 2011

DRUG ACTION WEEK 19 - 25 JUNE 2011

Drug Action Week is fast approaching, and there's still time to register an event in your local community.   The theme for this year's Drug Action Week is "Looking after YOUR mind".   The website contains lots of great ideas for Drug Action Week events and you can find out what's happening in your community.

Find out more about Drug Action Week

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