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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Art Arts

opportunity: headspace elsternwick announces second art competition

Alexandra Storey
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Are you aged between 12 and 25 and feeling creative?  headspace Elsternwick is very pleased to announce its second art competition! Entry is free and open to all young Melbourne artists, with no requirement that they access headspace Elsternwick’s health services.  Just about any type of artwork can be entered, including drawings, paintings, photography, and…
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Tuesday 10 September 2013
Health News

in brief: today is world suicide prevention day

Alexandra Storey
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Over the next month, Australians will be called to action to engage in mental health issues, starting off with World Suicide Prevention Day and R OK Day, and finishing with Mental Health Week in October. Today (September 10th) is World Suicide Prevention Day.  Why is this important, you may ask?  You might not know anyone…
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Sunday 25 August 2013
News

daily feminist news: 25.08.13

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Tasmania’s Catholic Archbishop Adrian Doyle draws comparisons between the psychological impact of abortion and sexual abuse The Most Reverend Doyle has given evidence at an Upper House inquiry into laws which would remove abortion from the criminal code and allow women to terminate their pregnancies at up to 16 weeks on the advice of doctors….
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Wednesday 24 July 2013
News

in brief: millions at risk of female genital mutilation

Alexandra Storey
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UNICEF has reported that more than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, and 30 million more are at risk in the next decade. Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to any procedure that intentionally changes or injures female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  It has no health benefits, and can cause…
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Friday 19 July 2013
Art Get Involved Health

what’s in your headspace?

Alexandra Storey
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Are you creative, aged between 12 and 25, and interested in youth mental health?  From the 1st of July to the 28th of September, headspace Elsternwick is running its very first art competition, organised by its Youth Advisory Committee, a group of young people interested in creating community connections and raising awareness of mental health…
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Wednesday 3 July 2013
News

in brief: two pakistani girls shot for dancing

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Two sisters and their mother have been shot dead in Pakistan, after the girls appeared in a video which showed them dancing in the rain.  The sisters, aged fifteen and sixteen, have been named in local media as Noor Basra and Noor Sheza, the daughters of a retired police officer.  According to Dawn, five masked…
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Monday 24 June 2013
News

in brief: tsa officer shames teenage girl over outfit

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On the 16th of June, the 15-year-old daughter of Boing Boing creators Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair was travelling with a group of high school students on college tour when a TSA officer at LAX started glaring at her.  In text messages to her parents, she said that the officer began mumbling at her, and…
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Thursday 13 June 2013
News

in brief: woman wins compensation for being fired after reporting bullying

Alexandra Storey
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  In September 2010, Abby Holt began working for Westpac as implementation manager.  Within weeks, she was being subjected to bullying by team leader Emily Lowson.  Holt, who weighed about 53 kilograms at the time of her employment, claims that Lowson referred to her as a ‘Breatharian,’ because she rarely ate at work.  Lowson also…
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Wednesday 5 June 2013
News

in brief: rumours fly that the next time lord will be a lady

Alexandra Storey
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Every time the current Doctor retires his multicoloured scarf or fez, the Doctor Who fandom erupts in excited debate as to who the next Doctor will be.  When David Tennant left the role in 2010, rumours spread that the Eleventh Doctor would be Chiwetel Ejiofor, previously seen in Love Actually and Kinky Boots; however, Matt…
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Wednesday 8 May 2013
News World

in brief: three ohio women rescued after a decade in captivity

Alexandra Storey
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A decade ago, three young Cleveland women went missing.  In 2002, 20-year-old Michele Knight disappeared.  In 2003, 16-year-old Amanda Berry called her sister to let her know that she was getting a ride home from work.  She never made it home, and the day after her disappearance, the Berry family faced her 17th birthday without…
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Wednesday 1 May 2013
News

in brief: ms magazine editor mary thom dies aged 68

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Mary Thom, feminist and former editor of Ms. magazine, died in a motorcycle accident on April 26. She was 68 years old. Ms. magazine began in 1971, as a once-off insert in New York Magazine.  At the time, most women’s magazines gave advice regarding marriage, children, or beauty.  Though Ms. was heavily derided at the…
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Monday 29 April 2013
Health News

in brief: pharmaceutical benefits advisory committee wants RU486 costs slashed

Alexandra Storey
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  Last Friday, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee advised that Mifepristone (better known as RU486 or the ‘abortion pill’), and Misoprostol, taken in conjunction with RU486, be covered by a scheme which provides a government subsidy. RU486 is a drug allowing the medical termination of pregnancies up to 49 days.  It was first developed by…
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Tuesday 16 April 2013
News Opinion World

sexism in cycling: podium girls and the ‘bum pinching’ incident

Alexandra Storey
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The Tour of Flanders is a famous road cycling race held in Belgium every spring, and is an important race in the European professional calendar.  But the most recent Tour of Flanders is perhaps most well-known among the public for an incident that occurred during the celebration of winner Fabian Cancellara.  As Cancellara was being…
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Wednesday 10 April 2013
News Politics World

in brief: Margaret Thatcher dies of stroke, aged 87

Alexandra Storey
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Last night I was informed that Margaret Thatcher, the ‘Iron Lady,’ had died of a stroke, aged 87.  I rushed to the Internet, the fountain of all knowledge, to make sure it wasn’t just a hoax – and found that Google was inundated with articles about the remarkable woman who was Prime Minister of the…
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