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Quit helps pregnant rural and regional women to stop smoking

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Health professionals across the country now have access to new, Australian-first resources to help them support pregnant women and their partners to stop smoking. The resources – clinical guidelines and an online training package – have been produced by Quit and Alfred Health to help GPs, obstetricians, midwives and pharmacists have a simple conversation and provide best practice care so pregnant women may lead healthier lives for themselves and their babies. The clinical guidelines include Australian-first guidance from The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne on how to prescribe nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy. Health professionals are being encouraged to use…

Trans Awareness Week 2020

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WHAT IS TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK? In 2020, Transgender Awareness Week will take place from 13-19 November. This week is an important time in the LGBTIQ+ calendar because it raises the visibility of trans people around the world. During this time, allies and organisations around the country, and the world, participate in Transgender Awareness Week (also called Trans Awareness Week) to help raise awareness by amplifying the voices and experiences of transgender people to the wider community. The week is about bringing attention to issues of prejudice, discrimination and violence that affect trans and gender diverse people. More importantly it is…

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

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Every year, Transgender Day of Remembrance honours the memory of transgender people who have lost their lives through transphobic violence. We light a candle, we say their names, we honour and remember them. Transgender Day of Remembrance began in the USA on November 20 in 1999 to honour the memory of Rita Hester – an African American/ Black transgender who was killed in Boston in 1998.  The vigil has grown each year and now resonates across the globe, empowering and uniting the LGBTQI+ communities to bring urgent attention to the plight of trans and gender diverse people. This year we have the opportunity…

New report says state environment approvals would weaken nature protection

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Relinquishing federal responsibility for environmental approvals and handing powers to the states and territories would substantially weaken nature protection in Australia, a new report shows.  The Morrison government is preparing to wash its hands of its duties to assess major projects on environmental grounds, claiming unpopular changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act are ‘minor technical amendments’.  But measured against 13 core elements of the EPBC Act, no state’s laws matched more than two existing federal requirements, the Places You Love Alliance audit found.  The report catalogues 30 case studies where state and territory laws have failed national benchmarks. “While…