Author: Kerrod Trott

Documentary asks – Has medicine lost its way?

His peers call him the ‘Gandhi of modern medicine’. The New York Times acknowledged him as the ‘father of palliative care in India’. And he’s definitely at the vanguard of change in medical practice around the world. Now internationally acclaimed palliative care specialist Dr MR Rajagopal will be in Brisbane on Monday evening, October 16 for a special cinema showing of a powerful Australian documentary that chronicles his extraordinary work to promote whole-person care and, in the process, refocus on the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath. Narrated by Agatha Christie’s Poirot star David Suchet – and produced by Moonshine...

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Let’s talk about ending poverty

October 15 to 21 is Anti Poverty Week, a time when all Australians are encouraged to do something about ending poverty. The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia, and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments. Hundreds of events and activities will take place around Australia, bringing together community organisations, concerned individuals and government agencies and are designed to get people thinking about, and doing something about, poverty and...

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Kerry O’Brien fires up on corruption, media and community rights

Respected journalist, Mr Kerry O’Brien has urged all Queenslanders to cherish and fiercely protect a culture of transparency in public institutions before the lessons of history are forgotten in the thirty years following the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Mr O’Brien delivered this and other strong messages about open government and the media’s role in keeping the community informed, at this year’s Right to Information (RTI) Day Solomon Lecture, hosted by the Office of the Information Commissioner (Qld). “The broad outline of the Joh era may still be reasonably understood today, but thirty years after Fitzgerald, it’s fundamentally important to remember just...

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Massive medicinal marijuana crop for Northern NSW

PUF Ventures Inc. (“PUF” or the “Company”) (CSE: PUF) (Frankfurt: PU3) (OTCPK: PUFXF), is pleased to announce that it has agreed to a strategic partnership with the Richmond Valley Council, the local government in the Northern Rivers region of northeastern New South Wales, Australia, to construct a 1 million-square-foot greenhouse operation, with large scale manufacturing, processing and office facilities for the cultivation, production and manufacture of medical cannabis and associated products in Australia. The agreement is between the Richmond Valley Council and PUF Ventures Australia (“PVA”), a recently formed, majority owned subsidiary of the Company, which shall be led...

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Pope Francis asks us to “share the journey”

“May our communities become islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Pope Francis Pope Francis has launched a global campaign to promote the rights of refugees and migrants. Titled “Share the Journey” the campaign encourages everyone to speak to a refugee or migrant and to learn more about their story. Pope Francis is also speaking to governments. “He is urging all nations to improve their role in the protection of the world’s 22 million current refugees and to simplify their visa application processes,” said Caritas Australia CEO, Mr Paul O’Callaghan. “He wants to see families...

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