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The complex relationship between Mental Health, Crime and the criminal justice system

In the criminal justice system, mental health presents a lot of legal issues. Especially when the individual in question has mental health issues but is not officially diagnosed.  For example, when it comes to murder, under Commonwealth law in Australia, unsoundness of mind can be used as a defence to a criminal charge. Application of this law means that people who are charged with a … Continue reading The complex relationship between Mental Health, Crime and the criminal justice system

Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

Juanita Westbury, University of Tasmania Last month the aged care minister Ken Wyatt announced he would introduce regulations to address the use of “chemical restraint” in residential aged care – a practice where residents are given psychotropic drugs which affect their mental state in order to “control” their behaviour. Psychotropic medications used as “chemical restraints” are antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-epileptics and benzodiazepines (tranquilisers). Wyatt followed this … Continue reading Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it

Gina Masterton, Griffith University Fiona (not her real name) came to Australia from New Zealand as a 19-year-old backpacker. Here, she met a man, got married and had two boys. The domestic violence began after her first son’s birth, and Fiona endured it for several years. In 2017, when her children were eight and ten, Fiona summoned the strength to leave her husband. Not being … Continue reading Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it

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What Everyone Must Know About OBESITY

Obesity is a condition that is associated with excessive levels of body fat, obesity is considered a major health problem in Western Countries. Between 2014 and 2015 a staggering 63.4% of the population was overweight. This is an increase of 19% from 1995. In the same period, there was about 22,700 hospital separation involving one or more weight loss procedure, seven of eight of these … Continue reading What Everyone Must Know About OBESITY

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Analysis of the Global Religious Pattern

The rise of “Religious Nones.” The number of people who consider themselves as non-religious is growing. According to a Pew research, the global religious patterns in Western Countries shows that affiliation to a religious institution is declining. More and people are either identifying themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nones.” “In 2016 Census, the first box was for “no religion”. This was not a secularist plot, but … Continue reading Analysis of the Global Religious Pattern

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President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption

President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption -By Mwikisa Nabita- Every reasonable citizen would expect a President of a country to be on higher moral ground, transparent, to have Integrity, accountable and having the interest of the nation at heart, at the minimum. It has become easy for anyone with a pulse to know the mind of the Zambian President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, concerning corruption in the … Continue reading President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption

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The Complexities of Equality

Equality before the Law Equality before the law is a very important principle in the legal system, all judicial officers take an oath to implement the law without fear, fervour, affection or ill will. Judges, Lawyers, and all the judicial offices have an obligation to treat people fairly regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religious affiliation and social economic status. Equality can be split into two … Continue reading The Complexities of Equality