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Gabi Hollows named one of Australia’s 25 most influential social sector leaders


FOUNDING Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation Gabi Hollows has been named one of the top 25 Australians generating positive social change in the Impact 25 Awards. In addition, Gabi received the Judge’s Choice Award for Collaboration at a virtual ceremony last night (31 March 2021). Gabi was recognised for her life’s work which, since the 1970s, has been dedicated to restoring sight to people who are needlessly blind and vision impaired. After receiving eye surgery as a toddler, Gabi studied to become an orthoptist so she could pay forward the life-changing surgery she received and improve other people’s quality…

Support networks making headway for Asian Australian mental health


In the wake of the devastating attacks in Atlanta in March, where six Asian women were killed and leaving a resounding impact worldwide, the necessity for mental health support for the Asian-Australian community is at a crucial point. In a 2020 survey where 3,000 people took part, 84.5 per cent of Asian-Australians reported one or more instances of discrimination, an increase from 82 per cent in 2019. According to Professor of Psychiatry at Melbourne University, Chee Ng, Asian discrimination, including the unwarranted prejudice demonstrated during COVID-19, adversely affects one’s mental health, sense of safety and self-esteem, leading to anxiety, sleep…

A friendly dog and a good book can improve children’s literacy


STORY Dogs, an Australian child literacy charity, recently partnered with Dr Claire Stevens, veterinarian, author and dog lover, as an ambassador for its aim to make reading fun for children. Story Dogs Co-founder Janine Sigley said “Claire will be helping Story Dogs raise the profile of what we do and help us to work towards our mission of helping more children become confident lifelong readers.” The program facilitates the engaging idea of a child reading to a dog in a one-on-one setting while at school. In a non-judgmental manner, the child’s focus improves, their literacy skills increase, and their confidence…

Crucial issue of domestic cat management the focus of RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar


Domestic cat welfare is in the spotlight this week, with the RSPCA’s 2021 Animal Welfare Seminar, FELINE FUTURES, kicking off on Thursday.  Held online over two afternoons (Thursday 18 and Friday 19 February), FELINE FUTURES will bring together government, industry, academia, animal welfare organisations, as well as the wider community, to share knowledge and experience about domestic cat management.  RSPCA Australia Senior Scientific Officer Dr Sarah Zito said the online seminar was a chance to tackle some of the big issues around our relationship with our feline friends.  “Domestic cat management is a complex and persistent challenge with a high degree of community interest,” said Dr…