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Dear Dr Google… Am I a bad mother?

Each year thousands of parents experience depression and anxiety related to the birth of their baby, but many don’t realise they may have a mental health condition. A new Beyond Blue analysis has found many parents are reluctant to have an open conversation about their feelings and instead seek answers online to questions they’re too afraid to ask aloud. Both women and men can experience perinatal depression and anxiety, with risks increasing during pregnancy and the 12 months following birth. Each year one in ten women will experience depression during pregnancy, one in six women will experience postnatal depression...

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Buddha Birth Day Festival returns to Brisbane

The Buddha Birth Day Festival returns to Brisbane for its 23rd birthday and kicking off the celebrations on Wednesday 3 April with the official Lighting of over 1,000 Red Chinese Lanterns hanging throughout the South Bank Parklands. By the time the Festival begins on May 03, more than 2,500 Red Lanterns will light up the Parklands. With the inclusion of energy saving LED globes together with a range of other sustainable measures, the Festival is now recognised as the largest accredited Climate Friendly Event in the Southern Hemisphere. The Red Chinese Lanterns date back to the early Han Dynasty...

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EDOs of Australia welcome Labor commitment to restore funding

The Environmental Defenders Offices (EDO) of Australia have welcomed a commitment by the Australian Labor Party to reinstate Commonwealth funding to EDO’s nationally. West End based EDO QLD will receive a share of a $14 million package to be provided for the eight EDOs across Australia over four years. In a statement, Jo-Anne Bragg, Convenor of EDOs of Australia and CEO of EDO Qld said: “Every Australian wants to ensure their environment is protected – whether it’s prime agricultural land, our National Parks, the Great Barrier Reef, the Murray Darling, the Kimberley, or a piece of local bushland that’s...

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Two Queensland Prisons to be returned to public control

This week the Palaszczuk Government announced its decision to transfer two Correctional Centres from private to public control. While Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) runs most of Queensland’s prisons, the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre has been managed by the GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd, and the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre has been managed by Serco Australia Pty Ltd. In July last year, the government announced it had suspended the tender processes for these two privately operated prisons pending government consideration of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s (CCC) Taskforce Flaxton Final Report. Taskforce Flaxton was established to examine corruption and corruption...

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The Circus is coming – “Hold My Beer” at The End #WestEnd

According to its organisers, Hold My Beer is a, “… perfectly balanced cocktail of circus, live music and drinking games, where the stage is everywhere and nobody is safe. A bold blend of astounding acrobatics and audacious antics, this show is circus served over ice with a (triple) twist.” The all-female cast of acrobats – Regan Henry, Elyse Fitzpatrick and Kelsey Adams – has been performing in the Brisbane and interstate circus scene for a number of years. “We wanted to make a show we could really have fun with,” says Kelsey Adams, one of the acrobats and co-creators....

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