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37% of aged care workers in Australia from overseas In The Media - Posted on 12 February 2019

New research from the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre has revealed an increase of more than 20,000 overseas-born frontline workers in childcare, aged and disability care between 2011 and 2016 – 77 more every week.

The care of our young, elderly and disabled is increasingly reliant on overseas-born workers In The Media - Posted on 3 February 2019

The care of Australia’s young, elderly and disabled is increasingly reliant on migrant workers. New research has revealed overseas-born employees are providing a growing share of frontline services in childcare, aged and disability care and personal home-based assistance.

Viral Peppa Pig video highlights China's deep social divide ahead of Chinese New Year In The Media - Posted on 27 January 2019

A video promoting the children's cartoon Peppa Pig has gone viral and become a flashpoint on Chinese social media, spurring millions of netizens to reflect on the divide between the country's rural poor and its wealthier urban dwellers.

The evidence on pill testing In The Media - Posted on 25 January 2019

"I really get sick of opinions being presented as arguments," Rob Pelletier says as he discusses the issue of pill testing in light of the Rainbow Serpent Festival and data collated by Drug Policy Modelling Program Director Dr Alison Ritter. Audio starts at 50:35

Zero tolerance or harm minimisation? Experts weigh in on pill testing In The Media - Posted on 21 January 2019

It's not very often we hear politicians talking openly about their history of illicit drug use. But on Monday, Greens MP Cate Faehrmann detailed her history with MDMA, in an effort to shift the conversation around pill-testing in Australia. Calls to trial pill-testing are intensifying across the country.

Migrant grandparents to fill childcare gap, but at what cost? In The Media - Posted on 16 January 2019

The new visa allowing migrant parents to bring their own parents to Australia to provide childcare support has dangers for families, write Angela Kintominas and Myra Hamilton.

'We're dealing with a black market': is taking pills becoming more dangerous? In The Media - Posted on 16 January 2019

Those calling for pill-testing and other harm minimisation say young people are dying while the debate becomes more polarised.

Migrant grandparents to fill childcare gap, but at what cost? In The Media - Posted on 15 January 2019

In Australia, reliance on grandparents for childcare is widespread, and now that school holidays are upon us, many parents are turning to grandparents to support them to balance work and care over the holiday period. But for the more than 1 in 4 Australian residents born overseas, grandparent care is not always readily available.

Is there sufficient evidence to support pill testing? In The Media - Posted on 15 January 2019

Alison Ritter from the Drug Policy Modelling Program says in terms of the research evidence, there is enough evidence to support pill testing in NSW. She notes there are a number of evidence from other countries, as well as a pilot study which took place in Canberra last year, and the data shows people have their drugs tested. Ritter mentions of the people who had their drugs tested, a majority have changed their behaviour as a result of the testing.

The interview begins at 2:19:57

How a teen's tragic death fueled the pill testing debate In The Media - Posted on 15 January 2019

With the number of suspected overdoses at music festivals skyrocketing, the deaths have prompted renewed calls for pill testing but the government isn’t convinced.