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Domestic Violence: Aboriginal women ask Australians to pay attention to assaults and murders (ABC, 11 July 2017)

A third of assault patients in Australia female: study (SMH, 19 April 2017). "More than half of all women and girls who end up in hospital being treated after an assault have been attacked by their partners."

Bid for paid domestic violence leave rejected (SMH, 3 July 2017) "A full bench of the Fair Work Commission said it has taken the "preliminary view" that while it is necessary to make provisions for family and domestic violence leave, it had rejected an application for 10 days of leave to be covered under all modern awards for all employees."

'Once a girl is married, there is no going back' (ABC, 29 July 2017). "It's a type of domestic violence you probably haven't heard of: dowry abuse. Some Indian-Australian men are using their desirable status as residents to extort thousands of dollars from the women they're marrying, with threats and violence if their escalating demands aren't met."

'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God (ABC, 18 July 2017) | How to navigate the research on domestic violence and Christian churches: A few frequently asked questions (ABC, 24 July 2017)

Exposing the darkness within: Domestic violence and Islam (ABC, 24 April 2017) | Muslim women unite to encourage daughters to have healthy relationships (ABC, 26 April 2017) NB: "There's no evidence that suggests domestic violence rates are higher among Muslim women than the broader Australian community."

Domestic Violence: Family Law Act plan could see end to alleged perpetrators cross-examining accusers (ABC, 17 July 2017)

Abortion laws making it harder for women to escape domestic violence, expert warns (ABC, 21 June 2017)

Domestic violence: Report finds 'clear link' between media reporting and understanding of issue
(ABC, 30 June 2017). "Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said the way journalists frame individual stories can have a major impact on public understanding. 'Blaming victims for the violence inflicted upon them, for instance, still happens in one in six articles about violence against women,' she said."

BOSCAR data showing rise of domestic violence by women 'not giving the full picture' (ABC, 22 June 2017)

Domestic violence survivors should get early access to super, HESTA says
(ABC, 20 June 2017)

Universities spend millions preparing for wave of sexual assault reports (SMH, 22 July 2017). "Australian universities will spend millions of dollars on counselling services as 'a wave of victims' are expected to come forward following the release of the world's largest report into sexual assault on campus." The AHRC survey of tertiary students will be released on 1 August.

Texas slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and ended up with more teen abortions (ThinkProgress, 17 July 2017)

Rural women 'bullied' into caesareans amid doctor shortage (ABC, 16 July 2017)

Introducing use-it-or-lose-it leave for fathers would make life fairer for mothers (ABC, 20 July 2017). "Under [Australia's paid parental leave system], the primary carer is eligible for up to 18 weeks' pay at minimum wage, nine times more than Dad and Partner Pay, which is two weeks at minimum wage."

CWA members hope washable sanitary pads will give isolated women freedom to learn (ABC, 13 July 2017)

Islamophobia: Women wearing head coverings most at risk of attacks, study finds (ABC, 10 July 2017)

Explainer: Why do Muslim women wear a burka, niqab or hijab? (ABC, 23 September 2014). Explains the difference between different kinds of coverings.

How can Muslim feminists reclaim their religion from men? (ABC, 1 May 2017)

Catcalling and street harassment is happening more often than you might think (ABC, 22 June 2017)

The woman who was charged with murdering her wife (ABC, 5 September 2012). The historical story of transman Harry Crawford.

This is topical, given the Tweeter-in-Chief's latest announcement: Witch-hunts and surveillance: The hidden lives of LGBTI people in the Australian military (ABC, 24 May 2017)

Intersex and proud: model Hanne Gaby Odiele on finally celebrating her body (GA, 23 April 2017)

A Queer Gods Ritual: An Introduction to the Queer Ones. I was pleased to find this again, so I'm leaving it here.

Good grief, there's so much more. It'll have to wait for another posting.

Date: 2017-07-30 08:17 am (UTC)
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Ok, I am responding slowly because lots of links. The birth one is interesting - the hospital where my mother gave birth to my siblings no longer does deliveries, and I am reasonably sure the one I was born at doesn't now either. In Victoria that's not quite as serious as in Qld - there is usually a hospital that does within an hour. Even so, it's symptomatic of the lack of obstetricians, GPs willing to deliver, and (in all honesty) midwives in regional and rural areas. And of course of the skyrocketing insurance costs which is partly why smaller hospitals are not offering birth services. The woman quoted who was doing a VBAC and who was told that was no longer possible - there are higher risks associated with that, and a number of reasons why she might have been told that. Obviously the doctor shortage may well be one of them - but from personal experience a healthy normal pregnancy at the start does not guarantee anything at the end.

I still think we need to look at how Medicare provider numbers are issued, and start looking at better ways to encourage people to move where the shortages are. Whether that means better long term contracts with training guarantees, and facilitated leave I don't know - but you shouldn't have to live away from home because your pregnancy suddenly went haywire.

Date: 2017-07-30 08:21 am (UTC)
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And replying to myself - that Qld health couldn't find an obstetrician locum is very concerning. We really need to do better with regional and rural health, and with supporting workers.

Date: 2017-07-31 02:05 am (UTC)
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We really struggle at providing health care in even regional, not rural or remote areas. I was stunned to learn that Darwin doesn't have a PET scanner, and cancer patients need to travel to one of the other capitals for long term treatment. I think some of it comes because we suck, badly, at decentralization - everything gets more and more crammed into Sydney and Melbourne, and instead of encouraging people to move to more rural locations by doing things like, I dunno, providing health services there, we're stuck in the mentality of "but centralisation is cheaper!" Which sort of, but also no - I would love to know how much it costs for patients to have to travel, and to stay and how much of this is subsidised.

Part of it is also that the medical schools still have a tendency to take students from a very small number of urban schools, despite differences in selection criteria. There's a push towards "if we get country students to study medicine they'll want to return to the country!" which always makes me ask "why would they want to do that exactly?" I mean, if they want to specialise they're looking at at least a decade's worth of training in metropolitan areas, by which time they are mid-30s, quite often in relationships and/or with children and (unsurprisingly) don't particularly want to move away from established support networks. And that is leaving aside things like being partnered with someone who quite possibly cannot find work outside metropolitan areas.

I keep arguing with people that we should look at things like 10 year contracts which include training but where people are predominantly based in regional areas - when I worked at my last job we had doctors over from Singapore who were completing training in Infectious Diseases - they were funded for 2 years training in Melbourne and then had 5 year contracts in Singapore with major hospitals which they had to fulfill. I don't see why we can't make something similar work here - do intensive short training periods in major urban hospitals (3-6 months) and then continue supervised training in regions. And if we need to use medicare provider numbers as a stick to get people to go where the damn work is then I have no issue with that - I find it amazing that it's perceived as totally fine to ask people to move from rural to urban areas for work and away from their support networks, but heaven forbid anyone from Melways map 58 should have to discover the areas outside their own narrow boundaries.

(Also I am very over the "but there's no good schools in the country" argument - if schools were the issue then people should be lining up to work in Donald, where the P-12 school has consistently topped VCE results. But no, they aren't. So it's not schools.)

Date: 2017-07-31 09:39 am (UTC)
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It won't cover parking either, just a heads up. And depending on what you are there for, driving or being driven may well be the only reasonable choice.

Most major hospitals have some level of available accommodation, but then they do things like say "no children" which is really unhelpful if you are being treated for a brain tumour and your husband can't stay in the accommodation with your newborn baby (happened to a friend of mine.)

Darwin is currently only about 100,000 people - but realistically, that should be enough to have a reasonable standard of care, particularly given the distance required for people to travel.

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