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.

We won’t close the gap if we put an ‘Indigenous spin’ on western approaches

The Guardian, Thursday 16 March 2017

Good health isn’t simply determined by provision of or access to medical and allied health services. It is influenced by a range of factors impacting on human lives on a day-to-day basis including income, education, conditions of employment, power and social support – the social determinants of health.

While the social determinants of health take on a critical role in trying to close the gap, in Australia we continue to try and respond to the Indigenous health crisis by putting an “Indigenous spin” on western approaches. We must change this around. It has to be solutions that are developed, designed and supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves, for their own communities. If not we will not close the gap.

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HIV Futures 8: Women Living with HIV in Australia

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, 2017

In 2015, there were just under 3,000 women living with (diagnosed) HIV in Australia, representing around 10% of the overall number of Australians currently living with HIV. The experience of living with HIV can be very different for women than it is for men. 

HIV Futures 8 is a survey about the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in AustraliaThe study is designed to inform the Australian National HIV Strategy and guide community and clinical service provision for PLHIV. Findings from HIV Futures 8 are presented as a series of short reports.

The 74 women who completed the survey were aged between 19 and 80 years, with a median of 49 years. HIV Futures 8 is a broad survey covering issues such as financial security, housing status, antiretroviral treatment use, general health issues, stigma and discrimination, clinical and support service use, aging, drug and alcohol use, sexual health, relationships, and social connectedness.

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Study finds previously incarcerated women with HIV less likely to adhere to treatment

British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, July 19, 2016

The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE) has released new research that finds previously incarcerated women with HIV are three times more likely to have poor adherence to combination anti-retroviral therapy than HIV positive women who have not been incarcerated.

Simon Fraser University Health Sciences professor and principal investigator of the study at the BCCfE, Angela Kaida, presented the findings at the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.

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Domestic and family violence and homelessness in Australia

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), December 2015

Key findings

  • 187,000 (or one-third) of the 520,000 Australians who accessed specialist homelessness services (SHS) between 2011–12 and 2013–14 were adults and children seeking assistance for reasons of domestic and family violence.
  • The complexity of domestic and family violence situations requires continued support over long time periods. Domestic and family violence clients received, on average, more days of support than other SHS clients (136 days compared with 92 days of support, respectively).
  • Almost 1 in 4 domestic and family violence clients recorded more than 300 days of support between their first and last support periods. By comparison, this level of support was provided to less than 1 in 5 other SHS clients.
  • Family and domestic violence clients were more likely than other SHS clients to request accommodation services. Where short term accommodation was requested, family and domestic violence clients were more likely to have that request met than other clients (82% compared with 61%, respectively).
  • Between 2011–12 and 2013–14 the proportion of domestic and family violence clients moving into public and community housing increased from 14% to 22%.
  • However, 20% of domestic and family violence clients ended their support with no shelter, couch surfing or no tenure and a further 20% were in short term accommodation.

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For African migrants in Europe, destitution shapes sexual behaviour and HIV risk

nam, 1 December 2015

For African migrants recently arrived in France, periods without a residence permit, secure housing or enough money are very common and are associated with transactional and casual sexual relationships, especially in women, Annabel Desgrées du Loû and colleagues report in AIDS. Moreover one third of those living with HIV seroconverted after arriving in the country and the destitution experienced appears to have contributed to those infections.

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