Sexual health in Australia’s tropical north

ABC Radio National Health Report, Monday 5 June 2017 5:45 PM

There are currently epidemics of syphilis and HIV in young Indigenous people in Cairns. These epidemics are out of control, and have crossed borders to to the Northern Territory, and in the case of syphilis, to Western Australia and South Australia as well.

But in better news, Cairns is a nation leader when it comes to clearing the region of hepatitis C, using drugs that became available in March 2016. For example, the local prison population is hepatitis C-free – the first Australian prison that can make that claim.

Guest:

Dr Darren Russell
Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne
Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University
Director of Sexual Health, Cairns Sexual Health Service

Queensland strangulation law after one year: almost 800 charged

The Age, May 7, 2017

Almost 800 people have been charged with strangulation offences in Queensland in the past year, following a domestic violence crackdown.

Strangulation was added as a standalone offence to Queensland’s Criminal Code one year ago, because it is known to be an indicator of escalating domestic violence.

Young Parents’ Fight To Keep Baby Aria Reignites Debate Over Teenage Parents

The Conversation, 19/04/2017 10:04 AM AEST | Updated 20/04/2017 10:53 AM AEST

Two New South Wales teenagers’ fight to get their baby daughter back has reignited debate over teenage pregnancy, and how young is too young to care for a child.

While experts may agree that teen pregnancies are less than ideal, there is disagreement about what should happen in the case of the young couple — some saying authorities made the right decision, while others argue that Jayden and Jenifer should have been supported in caring for their daughter.