Doing a Vinnies will give a little hope to the needy
The Advocate

“THERE’S real worry and desperation out there.” Those were the words from the Melbourne call centre of the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria’s, better known as Vinnies Victoria, in the week before Christmas when our small team of volunteers answered an average of more than 350 calls a…

​Together, we can change the trajectory of mental ill-health and suicide
The Advocate

WHEN I speak to community groups about mental health, I share statistics like:

– Almost one in two of us will experience a mental health issue during our lifetimes.
– The World Health Organization predicts that depression will become the greatest burden of disease globally by 2030.
– Around the world suicide…

After the storm: Claire Rogers visits Beira, Mozambique
The Advocate

Driving through the Mozambican city of Beira it looks like the apocalypse, littered with broken trees, damaged buildings and ripped up telephone and power poles among which children can be seen helping to shift the detritus.

The clean up has started but it is going to take months to fix…

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Pandemics know no borders. Neither should compassion. Image Credit: Oxfam Australia.
The Advocate
Opinion Mar 25, 2020
Now more than ever as this crisis unfolds, we need to unite. We need get past our differences, and we need to ensure the people who need our vital support are not left forgotten. As a global community we are in this — and we can get through this — together, writes Oxfam Australia.

It’s been a truly challenging and worrying start to 2020, both here at home with the devastating bushfires, and now globally with COVID-19, writes Oxfam Australia.

As the outbreak of the coronavirus escalates, we know you are deeply concerned about protecting your health and that of your loved ones. On behalf of everyone at Oxfam, we hope you stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

As a humanitarian organisation it is imperative at Oxfam that we also step up and respond quickly to the increased needs of vulnerable communities, many of whom will be struggling to access clean water, food, hygiene products and healthcare.

Across the globe, we are working with our partners, governments and key United Nations agencies in 65 countries to coordinate our response.

Given our expertise, much of this work will focus on the delivery of water, soap and other sanitation services. This will include increased promotion and facilitation of hygiene practices, particularly in vulnerable areas such as refugee camps.

In some countries, like Myanmar and Bangladesh, we have already increased our health promotional work around hand and respiratory hygiene in the refugee camps where we work.

We are also working with vulnerable groups in Hong Kong and China, distributing protective supplies such as surgical masks, hand sanitiser and gloves.

Click here to find out more about how Oxfam is preparing to respond to the coronavirus worldwide.

Now more than ever as this crisis unfolds, we need to unite. We need get past our differences, and we need to ensure the people who need our…


#KidsOffNauru: The campaign we didn’t want to have: World Vision
The Advocate

IN the past two months Liam has learned to crawl. His chubby legs have grown the strength and balance to pull himself up against a kitchen chair. He’s started to say “mama” and “dada” clearly. In January, he will turn one, writes World Vision Australia CEO Claire Rogers.

But birthdays…

Global TB report highlights urgency of taking action on an ancient disease
The Advocate

THE release of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2018 ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on 26 September is a time to let our country’s leaders know that another year has passed without any concrete progress in desired goal to reach the end TB by 2035.

This means…

The real test of leadership starts now – just ask little George
The Advocate

Many Australians woke recently to the face of little George on the front pages and screens of the nation. There he stood for all to see in a baby-blue T-shirt, printed with the googly eyes of a friendly monster — the sort of top you might buy a nephew…