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Category Archives: community issues

A wave of community support reaching State Parliament in the form of signatures on the AEU Student Support Funding petition’. More that 10,000 people signed the petition. The cover illustration for the Australian Education Union (AEU), South Australian branch Journal.

This week’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

A video for the Remote Area Health CorpsContinuous Quality Improvement (CQI) eLearning module. The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) was established in 2008 and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under The Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme: Stronger Futures Northern Territory to “address persistent challenges to accessing primary healthcare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in the Northern Territory”.

Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon. The first episode of Pro Bono’s podcast How Can I Help? looks at what you can do when you see someone sleeping rough.

Pro Bono news cartoon for this week – World Homeless Day and World Mental Health Day coincide this week, ‘new analysis shows the number of people with mental health issues who need homelessness support has doubled in the past decade’.

The Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit (SVRPU), The University of the Sunshine Coast, hosted a one-day symposium on September 8th, the first of its kind, bringing together national and international experts to discuss the importance of context for preventing sexual violence and abuse and improving community safety. 

There is growing recognition, and a developing evidence base, supporting the contextual dynamics of sexual violence and abuse. Lessons learned from Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, for example, drew attention to contextual factors (organisational leadership, policies and practice) that create conditions that might either increase risk, or protect against, sexual abuse. Multidisciplinary research evidence also shows how family, peer, school and neighbourhood settings may also contribute to abusive behaviour. Collectively, this highlights the need to ensure prevention strategies, as well as responses to sexual abuse, are contextualised.‘ 

Caricatures of the presenters, including a rough diagram summary of their presentation, were prepared earlier:

… and some of the cartoons drawn during the symposium:

The Pro Bono News team are all in Melbourne and, like many of our readers, have spent a significant time in lockdown over the past 18 months (and counting). We’ve been working hard to keep you up-to-date with all the happenings across the social sector throughout the pandemic. But the truth is, we’re a little tired. So we’re taking a break for a few days to recharge.’

18-year-old Ashjayeen Sharif is an arts student, a climate activist and now a contender for a seat on the board of AGL, Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter.‘ He is preparing to address AGL’s annual general meeting (AGM) next month. Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

This week is Homelessness Week.  While government spending cuts to housing and homelessness over the past decade are set to exceed $1 billion, new data shows that private rentals and houses are more unaffordable than ever. Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.