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Catholic Health and Aged Care Services Response to the ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying Act’

12 Jun 2019

On the 19th of June the ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (‘VAD’) comes into effect in Victoria.


New report paints sorry picture of Australian prisoner health

30 May 2019

Improved access to health services, tackling overcrowding, and better coordinated care for offenders once they leave jail are the keys to addressing high rates of chronic illness, communicable disease and mental illness among Australia's prison population according to St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA).


Australia’s alcohol and other drug treatment services can’t meet demand

17 Apr 2019

Australia’s alcohol and other drug treatment services can’t meet demand


Welcome Funding For Medical Research And Mental Health But More Work Needed To Address Australia’s Drug And Alcohol Service Crisis

3 Apr 2019

St Vincent’s Health Australia – Australia’s largest not-for-profit health and aged care service provider – has welcomed the Morrison Government’s funding initiatives across the portfolio but says more must be done to support Australians struggling with alcohol and other drug problems.


At Least $1bn Boost Needed To Meet Demand For Alcohol And Other Drug Treatment Services

14 Dec 2018

The alcohol and other drug treatment system needs a boost of at least $1 billion per year if it is to address unmet demand, according to a group of health and welfare organisations that have come together to call on governments to make sure that people in need are able to access treatment.


Two-year ‘Eltham Project’ to provide housing and support to Syrian refugees draws to a close

3 Aug 2018

The two-year initiative to provide medium-term accommodation and settlement support for refugees from Syria and Iraq at an Eltham aged care village is drawing to a close with all residents on track to make the transition into long-term housing by September.


Drug testing dole recipients will only make addiction worse, but the government won't hear it

11 May 2018

Fifty-two. That's how many submissions were made to the Senate inquiry into the Government's drug testing bill for welfare recipients, which handed down its findings this week.


Melbourne’s medically supervised injecting centre trial must be open to all injecting drug users

20 Apr 2018

A medically supervised injecting centre has never been attempted in Melbourne. There’s no getting away from it, it’s a pretty big change. And change can be concerning, confronting and even scary.


I hope to God I’m not writing this same opinion piece in five years’ time

18 Mar 2018

The homeless count from the 2016 Census was released this week and it’s hard not to get a feeling of déjà vu. As with previous counts, the results are damning. In almost every category, homelessness has grown worse.


Australia won the Ashes but Australia's children lost big time - it's just not cricket

24 Jan 2018

If you sat down and watched the Ashes over the holiday break, tell me you weren't at times assailed by ads for alcohol products?