A groundbreaking report on the harms from current drug laws, by Australia21 with health practitioners & social service agencies including Uniting & Anglicare. Local and international evidence shows that punishing people is not an effective way to reduce drug use; criminal prosecution can actually increase drug use and crime, as well as poverty, social disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, family violence, child protection interventions, mental illness, stigma, discrimination and suicide.
The Long Walk to Treatment, Take Control campaign and a new Australia21 report highlight the health and social harms of flawed drug policies. The chorus of reasonable people demanding evidence-based law reform is sending a powerful message to Australia’s politicians and policy makers: now is the time to put health and safety first.
Tasmania is making PTSD a presumptive work-related illness for first responders; the NT Police, Fire & Emergency Services Minister and Commissioner have launched our PTSD report; in Canberra the Senate Inquiry is taking note of our recommendations; and we’ve been briefing icare NSW and the state’s first responder agencies. Making progress!
Australia21 is pleased to announce we have been joined by a new Executive Officer, Susan Davidson, who brings outstanding experience and skills to our team. Susan has held leadership positions within several organisations spanning the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, most recently with Diabetes Australia.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australia21 and FearLess Outreach launch Australia’s first report on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Australia’s front line emergency personnel. ‘When Helping Hurts: PTSD in First Responders’, explores more effective ways of preventing the debilitating consequences of traumatic stress, and improving mental health outcomes.
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.