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Youth engagement

  • Dr Lynne Reeder at the MD Student Conference
    Medical students explore the science of mindfulness, empathy & compassion
    Posted: June 25, 2018

    Neuroscientific research and expert clinical experience show emotions influence every decision we make, so new doctors need to be mindful of the impacts. Dr Lynne Reeder, Founder of Australia21’s Mindful Futures Network, led a symposium on the subject at Melbourne University’s MD Student Conference.

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  • AFP forensics officers on scene
    Inequality, PTSD & doctor training: a record month
    Posted: June 12, 2018

    June 2018 is shaping up to be one of Australia21’s busiest months on record! We’ll be taking a good hard look at inequality in Australia, launching a groundbreaking report on PTSD among first responders, and sharing our work on PTSD and mindfulness with doctors of the future.

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  • Manuel Cardoso photo
    What if police stopped arresting people for drug use? First hand account
    Posted: May 31, 2018

    Manuel Cardoso, the man who reformed Portugal’s drug policy, tells Australians that values including humanism, pragmatism and cooperation were are the heart of the legal change that put a stop to criminal convictions for personal use, reducing direct and indirect drug harms.

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  • Budget 2018: title page of government video
    Budget 2018: lacking vision and values
    Posted: May 15, 2018

    The Federal Budget is a reflection of the vision and values of the government of the day. So what does the 2018 Budget say about Australia’s current leadership and the direction it’s setting for our nation? Australia21 has unpacked the policy decisions and the messages they convey, as well as the post-Budget commentary. Now Chair, Paul Barratt, delivers our verdict.

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  • Groovin the Moo, Canberra 2018
    Pill testing in perspective
    Posted: May 4, 2018

    Pill testing at the Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra was only a trial, it didn’t ever claim to be the definitive model for how drug testing should be conducted. Further trials are needed, to provide more quantitative and qualitative data for evaluating the effectiveness in terms of drug harm reduction.

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  • Cannabis plants
    Concerned about The Greens — and even doctors — going ‘soft’ on cannabis?
    Posted: April 23, 2018

    The Greens want to legalise and regulate cannabis for Australians over the age of 18. Their policy announcement has set off alarm bells for many, especially those concerned about young people getting easy access to yet another dangerous drug. But possibly more notable than the objections is the seismic shift in the drug debate.

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  • Australia21 - VACRO children
    Why you should care about jailing ‘junkies’
    Posted: April 13, 2018

    Why should the rest of us care about someone being punished for what everyone knows is a crime? Well here’s why: because of the collateral damage to families and the negative flow on effects across our communities. When the wheels fall off, we all end up paying.

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  • Young woman - Help influence drug law reform
    Help influence #HelpNotHarm drug law reform – Please donate
    Posted: April 3, 2018

    A national health and social services Roundtable summit on drug law reform in March 2018 addressed the evidence that a prohibition and law enforcement approach is not reducing illegal drug use, but is instead causing many adverse outcomes across our communities. Can you help us make sure the outcomes of the Roundtable help influence drug law reform?

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