​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…

#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…

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Patrick Thomas is the Low-Income Countries Manager at World Vision Australia (Image Credit: World Vision Australia).
The Advocate
Opinion Jan 21, 2020
You know those struggling Pacific nations that often seem to need our help? Clean water for Vanuatu, Infrastructure in PNG. Well, Australia’s bushfire crisis has turned those tables. Now it’s them offering us help, writes Patrick Thomas, the Low-Income Countries Manager at World Vision Australia.

You know those struggling Pacific nations that often seem to need our help? Clean water for Vanuatu, Infrastructure in PNG. Well, Australia’s bushfire crisis has turned those tables. Now it’s them offering us help.

International aid has become personal for this rich land of plenty and it feels weird.

There is gratitude, for sure, among Australians, but there is also sadness and shame: ‘What happened to our great economy to warrant offers of financial aid from poorer cousins?’

One hundred members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force have arrived in Australia.

Fiji is sending an engineering platoon.

Vanuatu has pledged 20 million vatu ($AU250,000) to assist the Rural Fire Service and workers to help Australian farmers affected by bushfires.

New Zealand sent troops and machinery including three helicopters and crew, with 157 of their firefighters already assisting with local efforts.

US, Canadian and New Zealand firefighters and experts are already here.

Many of our neighbours have offered military support.

France has offered operational assistance.

And it’s not just governments.

Celebrities have rallied and flexed their social media might to ask their global fan base to dig deep. Australian comedian Celeste Barber alone has raised over $50m. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance $4.3m. Ellen DeGeneres launched a GoFundMe with a 5m target. American singer Pink pledged $500k as did Nicole Kidman. Kim Kardashian West and the whole Kardashian-Jenner clan have been sharing links across their socials.

The list goes on.

I wonder how this experience – with Australia not the donor, but the recipient – as devastating as it continues to be for many of us, can influence…


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…

Foreign aid: Australia must match the generosity of those we’re helping
The Advocate

Written by Dr Helen Szoke AO, Chief Executive Oxfam Australia

I stepped under the flap into the tiny, sand-floored tent cut into the hill side of Bangladesh. It was oppressively hot and dusty inside.

A couple of women immediately moved to get stools for myself and a Bangladeshi colleague; it would…