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Pregnant women are at increased risk of domestic violence in all cultural groups

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The Conversation, April 26, 2018 6.00pm AEST Domestic violence occurs across all age groups and life stages. Rather than reducing during pregnancy, expecting a child is a key risk factor for domestic violence beginning or escalating. Our research, published today in the journal BMJ Open, found that 4.3% of pregnant women due to give birth in Western Sydney disclosed domestic violence when asked...

One in four people say those in same-sex relationships ‘should be charged as criminals’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017 More than one in four people across the world think people engaging in same-sex relationships should be charged as criminals, according to a new survey of 77 countries and territories. However, there were major divisions in attitudes towards the criminalisation of those engaging in same-sex relationships when broken down across regions, the 2017 Ilga-Riwi global...

Vaccine for Meningitis Shows Some Protection Against Gonorrhea

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New Zealand Family Planning Some strains of the bacterium that cause gonorrhoea are now resistant to all available antibiotics. With no new drugs on the near horizon, the disease is in desperate need of a vaccine. Our research, published in the Lancet medical journal this week, shows that protection against gonorrhoea could come from an unexpected source – a vaccine against meningococcal...

Liz Forsyth: South Australia has some of the country’s most outdated and strictest laws around sex work

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Liz Forsyth, CEO of YWCA Adelaide – in The Advertiser, August 2, 2017 SOUTH Australia has some of the most outdated and strictest laws around sex work in the country. However the Bill to decriminalise sex work may soon be before the House of Assembly, having successfully passed the Legislative Council by 13 votes to eight earlier in July. What will this reform mean? Will sex workers take...

New study shows HPV vaccine is working to reduce rates of genital warts

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The Conversation, March 29, 2017 6.04am AEDT The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced in Australia in 2007 and New Zealand in 2008 to prevent cervical cancer. It was free for women up to age 26 in Australia and to all women under 20 in New Zealand. This is because 99.7% of cervical cancers are associated with the sexually transmissible infection. There is mounting evidence the HPV...

People in New Zealand will now be able to buy oral contraceptives over the counter

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Australian Journal of Pharmacy online, 15 Feb, 2017 The Medicines Classification Committee recommendation follows an application by Green Cross Health and Natalie Gauld Ltd to have the contraceptives downscheduled from prescription to “restricted” medicines. Medsafe Group Manager Chris James says this will mean pharmacists can sell up to six months’ supply of oral contraceptives to women who meet...

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