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The humiliation of prolonged pain needs to be better understood


MORE than fifty percent of people living with chronic pain feel stigmatised because of their condition, according to new data released today by Chronic Pain Australia. For Rachel O’Dowd, a slight twist of the ankle led to 18 months of chronic pain. A persisting limp led the mother-of-three through doctors’ and specialists’ offices until she was finally diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Rachel said at night, the foot would periodically go bright, bright red right up my leg like a sock. “I tried a lot of medications none of them worked,” she said. Senior Research Fellow at Curtin…

Fundraising concert for World Suicide Prevention Day announceds


THE suicide rates for Indigenous children in Australia are amongst the highest in the world. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged between 15 and 24 have almost a four times higher suicide rate than non-Indigenous people of the same age. The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health has gathered together a star-studded line-up of Indigenous artists to perform on World Suicide Prevention Day, Friday, September 12, at Winthrop Hall at the University of Western Australian in Perth, to raise funds to combat these alarming numbers Renowned musicians Gina Williams AM and Guy…

Simple steps save mothers and babies lives


FORTY Monash University students recently paid $5 each for the privilege of packing six items into two hundred plastic zip lock bags. A piece of gauze, a plastic sheet, some cotton cord, a bar of soap, pair of gloves and a sharp blade are not just any items. Collectively, they constitute the contents of a Clean Birthing Kit that the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia supplies to pregnant women living in rural communities and low-resource settings worldwide. Harsh Patel, president of TeamMed, a student-led organisation that provides Monash students with opportunities to experience and contribute to global health, said one of…

“You’re just in a world of pain”: Meet the people tackling mens’ mental health in the bush


At the age of 22, Warren Davies became a farmer. He had moved to the Goulburn Valley as a teenager to help his parents run a dairy farm and after many years of farm work, he decided to buy a few hundred acres adjacent to his parents’ property. “I knew that I was going into business with the bank, because they lent me the money,” said Davies. “But I also had a silent business partner in Mother Nature. She was going to throw me some curve balls and have probably the biggest impact on my business and on my mental…