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  • Australia21 - Spilt Milk festival
    Pill testing: life-saving evidence prevails in A.C.T., now rest of Australia needs to act
    Posted: September 26, 2017

    The ACT Government’s decision to allow pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will prevent overdoses and toxicity. Other Australian jurisdictions should also put harm reduction first.

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  • Australia21 - candle
    Assisted dying: what does the evidence show?
    Posted: September 22, 2017

    Voluntary assisted dying: evidence shows new laws would allow the suffering of terminally ill Australians to be eased with compassion and accountability.

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  • Australia21 NSW Police photo of paramedic and police officer at scene of car crash
    Post Traumatic Stress: a new way forward for first responders
    Posted: September 7, 2017

    “It shouldn’t be a career limiting move to put your hand up and ask for help.” That’s one of the early findings from the Australia21/FearLess national first responder PTSD Roundtable. Normalising Post Traumatic Stress would go a long way towards alleviating losses in personnel and efficiency.

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  • Australia21 - students using the Smarter About Drugs conversation pack
    School students start life-saving drug policy lessons
    Posted: August 31, 2017

    Australian schools have started using a ground-breaking teaching resource that changes the way drug and alcohol issues are addressed among students, giving them the tools for informed discussion and evidence-based analysis of drug policies. Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack has been designed by Australia21, YoungA21 and the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF) to engage young people in a way that has never been done before in Australia.

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  • Australia21 - Tony Trimingham with photo of his son David
    How many more children must die? Grieving parents frustrated by resistance to drug policy changes
    Posted: August 28, 2017

    There is perhaps no greater anguish than that of a parent who has witnessed their child suffer and die. But the grief is compounded when they see others go through the same preventable trauma and loss year after year, decade after decade, while governments ignore the evidence that could save the lives of their children.

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  • Australia21 - Cowandilla students and teacher
    Save lives instead of sending sniffer dogs into SA schools
    Posted: August 23, 2017

    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.

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  • Australia21 - light bulb in thought bubble
    Innovative Australian research showcased by Mindful Futures Network
    Posted: August 3, 2017

    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.

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  • First school signs up to innovative ‘Smarter About Drugs’ strategy
    Posted: June 28, 2017

    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.

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