Weekly News Round Up


Making news this week:

Thousands of Polish women take to the streets to protest total abortion ban proposals, Hurricane Matthew’s death toll  continues to rise, the world’s first Aboriginal Australian-language video game launches and a UK report finds suicide risk is three times higher in the community than hospital inpatients.

Black Monday: Polish women strike against abortion ban

Thousands of women in Poland have gone on strike in protest against proposals for a total ban on abortions.

They marched through the streets wearing black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights.

Women who oppose the ban are staying away from work and school and refusing to do domestic chores, in a protest inspired by a women’s strike in Iceland in 1975.

Anti-abortion protests are being held around the country too.

Hurricane Matthew: Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster

The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew has soared to 264, the government says.

Some 50 people were reported to have died in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

The peninsula’s main city, Jeremie, saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.

The hurricane has again been upgraded to a Category Four storm, the second highest hurricane classification, as it heads for the US state of Florida.

First Australian Indigenous-language video game offers new platform for ancient culture

The world’s first Aboriginal Australian-language video game is being developed in a bid to preserve traditional language and culture.

The endless runner game is titled Tjinari, meaning “someone always on the go” in the Western Desert language Ngaanyatjarra.

The game is being created by a team of linguists, artists and programmers from the Australian National University (ANU) and ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).

The entire game is spoken in Ngaanyatjarra and features the voices of students from Warakurna Campus of Ngaanyatjarra Lands School in Western Australia.

Suicide risk ‘higher in community’

Suicides of people being cared for in the community are higher than among hospital inpatients, a report says.

There are around 200 suicides a year of people cared for by crisis teams – three times the number in hospitals.

A third had been discharged from hospital in the previous fortnight, while a further third had been using the service for less than a week.

The University of Manchester report suggests crisis teams in the UK are under too much pressure.

Crisis resolution/home treatment (CRHT) teams are made up of psychiatrists, mental health nurses, social workers and support workers.

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