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Asylum Seekers’ Human Rights in Australian Immigration Detention Centers: What Role for Mental Health Practitioners?
Asylum / Asylum Rights / Australia / Australia Immigration Policy / Human Rights / Immigration / Immigration Policy / Mental Health / Mental Health Policy

Asylum Seekers’ Human Rights in Australian Immigration Detention Centers: What Role for Mental Health Practitioners?

Abstract: This paper aims to identify the ethical dilemma faced by mental health practitioners in dealing with the way asylum seekers are treated in Australian detention centers. Drawing on recent research exploring the impacts of post-migration stressors on asylum seekers’ physical and mental state and on the contentious living conditions in Australian detention centers, this paper puts forth the deleterious effects … Continue reading

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERNATIONAL FIELDWORK: Exploration of Student Perceptions and Implications for Planning
Culture / Fieldwork / Health care training / International Fieldwork / Occupational Therapy / OT / Student Training / Students / Training

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERNATIONAL FIELDWORK: Exploration of Student Perceptions and Implications for Planning

Abstract: Increasing numbers of Canadian occupational therapy (OT) students participate in fieldwork in low and middle-income countries during professional training. There are a few studies investigating the perceived benefits and challenges of international fieldwork (IFW). The aim of this study was to better understand the learning experiences during international fieldwork from students’ perspectives. 11 practicing occupational therapists who had completed an IFW experience … Continue reading

Treatment of Schistosomiasis in Africa
Africa / Health Policy / Health Science / Health Treatement

Treatment of Schistosomiasis in Africa

Treatment of Schistosomiasis in Africa Abstract Schistosomiasis is part of a group of diseases that generally afflict the poorer regions of the world. These diseases are collectively called neglected tropical diseases because historically, little funding has been put into researching cures or treating the afflicted population; instead, efforts have been focused on more fatal diseases, … Continue reading

Education & Counteraction of the Negative Implications of Nature Deficit Disorder in Children: An Effective Means for Increasing Society’s Valuation of Nature and Conservation
Children / Conservation / Education / Social Policy

Education & Counteraction of the Negative Implications of Nature Deficit Disorder in Children: An Effective Means for Increasing Society’s Valuation of Nature and Conservation

Education & Counteraction of the Negative Implications of Nature Deficit Disorder in Children: An Effective Means for Increasing Society’s Valuation of Nature and Conservation Abstract Most people are acutely aware that we are living in a time of environmental crises. At an increasing rate, pollutants are being released into the atmosphere, soil, and water, natural … Continue reading

Marijuana and Madness: The Etiology, Evolution, and Clinical Expression of Psychoses
Health Care / Health Policy / Psychoses

Marijuana and Madness: The Etiology, Evolution, and Clinical Expression of Psychoses

Marijuana and Madness: The Etiology, Evolution, and Clinical Expression of Psychoses Abstract Throughout the world, cannabis is the most widely consumed illicit drug (EMCDDA, 2008). Dramatic increases in cannabis consumption have been observed in the last 30 years, possibly due to increased social acceptance and legalization in some areas (UNODC, 2012). There has also been … Continue reading

Dissent of the Faithful: Roman Catholic Disobedience to Vatican Policy on Contraception
Catholic Policy / Catholocism / Contraception / Health Policy / Religion / Religious Policy / Social Policy

Dissent of the Faithful: Roman Catholic Disobedience to Vatican Policy on Contraception

Dissent of the Faithful: Roman Catholic Disobedience to Vatican Policy on Contraception Abstract In 2010, despite a longstanding ban on contraceptives of all kinds within the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI made a statement that seemed to suggest that the Vatican had changed its stance on the use of condoms as a means of … Continue reading

Stifling Stigma: Why Avoiding Judgement is Key for Accelerating the Abandonment of Female Genital Cutting
Development Policy / Female Genital Cutting / Progressive Social Policy / Social Policy

Stifling Stigma: Why Avoiding Judgement is Key for Accelerating the Abandonment of Female Genital Cutting

Stifling Stigma: Why Avoiding Judgement is Key for Accelerating the Abandonment of Female Genital Cutting Abstract When discussed in the global North and West, the issue of Female Genital Cutting (FGC) often sparks visceral reactions of fear, disgust, anger, and dejection. Among the most common responses is an expressed inability to comprehend why the practice … Continue reading