Author: Kerrod Trott

New Brisbane program helps the homeless

A new pilot initiative between homeless organisations, hospitals and the Queensland Government has improved health and housing outcomes for Brisbane’s rough sleepers while delivering savings of more than $2 million by preventing unnecessary and expensive hospital presentations and admissions. The Pathways Hospital Admission and Discharge Pilot Project – a joint three-year initiative between Micah Projects, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, Mater Health Services, and funded by the Queensland Government – has seen Emergency Department (ED) presentations, ambulance callouts and hospital inpatient stays among homeless people plummet in its first 12 months by organising ongoing care and support prior to...

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Clarry’s greatest hits, live in performance

“Mr West End”, Clarry Evans, is a man of many parts. A whole generation of local school children grew to know and love him when he taught at West End State School, and he now owns and runs two local guesthouses, Westmont in Thomas St and Minto up in Gladstone Road. He’s also a passionate musician, and was the lead singer of Brisbane band Midlife Crisis for many years. Clarry’s greatest musical passion, however, is composing rock opera. With writing partner Judy Stevens he’s brought to Brisbane and national stages such memorable shows as Macbeth: The Contemporary Rock Opera,...

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Don’t worry, it’s only emotion – Dzogchen Rinpoche

A SENIOR Buddhist lama is coming to Brisbane to teach local people how to stop taking their emotions so seriously. His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche says emotions are actually neither good nor bad, it is the way we react to them that causes us problems. Dzogchen Rinpoche will be in Brisbane on 30th September at BrisWest Centre in Paddington to give a public talk entitled ‘Emotions – Don’t Take Them Too Seriously’. His Eminence, who is one of the highest lamas alive today in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, says: “We tend to believe our emotions. We either suppress...

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Blindly following the US into another war

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) says escalating hostilities in the South-China Sea have the potential to spark a major military conflict in Asia-Pacific and draw Australia into another foreign war. Despite reassurances from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia does not have to choose between China and the US Alliance, IPAN Secretary Ms Annette Brownlie said it was clear from statements made by US Army Assistant Chief of Staff Colonel Tom Hanson last week, and the buildup of US military forces in the region, that pressure is mounting on Australia. “We strongly urge all countries directly involved...

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Call for nominations – Griffith Australia Day Awards

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their volunteer work?   Local Federal Member Terri Butler is continuing Kevin Rudd’s tradition of recognising local volunteers, at the 18th annual Griffith Australia Day Awards.   If you know an individual, a couple, or a small group of people who should be recognised, why not nominate them? For someone to be eligible, they must have undertaken volunteer activities in the Griffith electorate. The nomination must not relate to volunteer work that has already been acknowledged via an Australian or Commonwealth honour.   An independent committee will consider and decide on all nominations. They’ll...

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