Populist agendas do not make for effective health policy: the SA Opposition should promise better drug education instead of sniffer dogs for schools, to help stop deaths and criminalisation.
Thinking outside the box, researchers are finding new applications for mindfulness, empathy and compassion at a systems level right across Australia. The Mindful Futures Network is mapping and showcasing their projects and activities to inform, inspire and connect those working in the space.
A Melbourne school has signed up to pilot Australia21’s Smarter About Drugs Conversation Pack to engage its students in open and informed discussions about illicit drugs and the policies that guide Australia’s response to them. In other developments this month, the Making the Future Work project has been awarded $10,000 grant, there’s been a major shift on PTSD and we give you a sneak preview of our soon-to-be released Algal Farming report.
Australia21 congratulations MP Chris Ruane on his return to Westminster. Not because his was the first seat that Labour took from the Conservatives in the unpredictable 2017 UK election, but because Chris has brought about a fundamental change in the way the British Parliament and civil service operates. In May, he took time out from campaigning to help launch Australia21’s Mindful Futures Network.
Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines show how prohibition has made a global problem far worse, according to Australia21 Director Dr Alex Wodak.
First responders from across Australia have come together for an unprecedented Roundtable discussion, aiming to improve the prevention and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) suffered in the line of duty and at ensuring better support to those recovering from it.
Australia21 Director Dr Alex Wodak warns random drug testing of welfare applicants is set to be another sorry chapter in Australia’s failed and futile attempt to solve our drug problems by relying on punishment.