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Victoria's Supreme Court establishes guidelines for mental health board decisions in Patient X ruling — Posted December 18, 2014 07:56:19 A ruling by Victoria's Supreme Court could have a big impact nationally concerning mental health review boards. The boards issue thousands of rulings annually determining whether orders to involuntarily admit patients for psychiatric care are valid.

Australian man facing 15 years in Russian prison over drug trafficking charges related to poppy seeds — Updated December 06, 2014 08:24:06 A dual Russian-Australian national has spent the past two-and-a-half years in a Russian prison awaiting trial on disputed drug trafficking charges because authorities fear he will flee to Australia if granted bail. Authorities have refused to release Roman Shilov on bail because they fear he may use his dual citizenship to flee the country.

Mission Australia's 2014 Youth Survey reveals young people want good careers most of all — Updated December 01, 2014 06:35:40 The largest annual youth survey in Australia has revealed that a successful career is the top priority for young people but many believe they will not meet that goal. Nearly 14,000 young people aged 15 to 19 responded to the youth survey by service organisation Mission Australia.

Syrians and Iraqi refugees fleeing Islamic State militants resettling in Australia on humanitarian visas — Updated November 08, 2014 18:00:03 More than 1,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees are resettling in Australia after being granted special humanitarian visas, but this is just a fraction of the estimated number of those forced from their homes by the advance of Islamic State militants.

Elite business group lobbies for Medical Research Future Fund with or without $7 GP co-payment — Updated October 30, 2014 06:26:12 An elite group of Australian business leaders is pressuring the Federal Government to push ahead with plans for the Medical Research Future Fund - with or without the controversial $7 Medicare co-payment unveiled in this year's federal budget. The co-payment was designed to help pay for the $20 billion medical research fund.

Private training college watchdog urged to crack down on 'spruikers' misleading potential students — Updated October 19, 2014 18:36:45 Teachers and education advocates are warning of shonky operators within the private training college sector, saying the Federal Government needs to do more to get rid of "spruikers" manipulating and misleading students.

Early intervention key in treating children with mental health issues, experts say — Posted October 11, 2014 11:06:04 One of Australia's leading mental health organisations says this week is a good time to remember mental health issues are not limited to adults. The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has released a federally funded guide for staff to look for early signs of mental illness in the 1 million Australian children in childcare.

Victoria's Supreme Court ruling on Patient X case to determine limits of mental health boards' power — Updated October 07, 2014 01:35:10 Mental health advocates hope a case in Victoria's Supreme Court will provide vital guidance about the decision-making power of mental health tribunals across the country. It involves a woman known only as Patient X, who lives with bipolar disorder, but many of the details of the case are subject to a suppression order.

Surgeons perform open heart surgery to save East Timorese boy's life in Melbourne — Posted September 28, 2014 19:14:25 Until last week, 11-year-old East Timorese boy Jeca Periera had not ventured outside of the Timorese capital of Dili. So it was hardly surprising that a life-saving journey to Melbourne last week was at times an overwhelming one.

Disability advocates fear peak body funding changes could affect representation — Updated September 23, 2014 14:55:37 Disability advocates are concerned people with disabilities will not be adequately represented under changes to the sector proposed by the Federal Government. Under a Department of Social Services overhaul, peak bodies that represent people with disabilities have been told to re-apply for their Commonwealth funding.
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Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 16, 2014

Wild ride...down! Charting the #Rouble's plunge. Nov.27-Dec.16: now that's what I call a fiscal cliff.

Dec 15, 2014

RT @PercyKaren: Vic's asst police cmmr Tim Cartwright re fatal siege in Sydney: I'm not aware of any link to ISIL

Dec 15, 2014

RT @PercyKaren: Vic Police Asst Cmmr Tim Cartwright: this man acted alone, without support, without connections #sydneysiege

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