Month: May 2012

Free birth control for beneficiaries

NZ Herald 8 May 2012 Women on benefits – including teenagers and the daughters of beneficiaries – will be offered free long-term contraception as part of a $287.5 million Budget package for the Government’s welfare reforms. One critic says the…

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Child Support Bill More Equitable And Fair

Media Release 7 May 2012 Family First NZ is welcoming the new rules surrounding child support, although they would like to see equal focus and investment in strengthening marriages and supporting families at risk or under pressure before the relationship…

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Child psychologists warn of untested ADHD drug cocktails

The Guardian (UK) 6 May 2012 Prescriptions of Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have quadrupled in a decade, prompting fears it is being pushed on children at the expense of alternative treatments and without appreciation of long-term effects. …Ritalin…

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Half social workers ‘not qualified’

Sunday Star Times 6 May 2012 More than 6000 people working with society’s most vulnerable are unqualified to help and critics want mandatory registration for all social workers to prevent well-meaning but untrained people doing more harm than good. Pressure is…

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Suicide link in cyber-bullying

NZ Herald 7 May 2012 The Chief Coroner is backing proposed law changes to crack down on “cyber-bullying” because of concern that it is helping to fuel New Zealand’s high rate of youth suicide. Judge Neil MacLean says bullying by…

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Risk in fertility treatment – study

NZ Herald 7 May 2012 A common fertility treatment used in New Zealand carries a one-in-10 risk of the baby having abnormalities, according to a major international study. Researchers from the University of Adelaide compared the risk of defects posed…

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Hee! Backlash over super brothel

Thanks to our members for giving a clear message to Auckland City Councillors Stuff.co.nz 4 May 2012 Opposition to a proposed super brothel in Auckland’s CBD looks to be unanimous with just hours left for the public to have their…

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