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May 2011

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Baby Babes

“The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: “It’s a girl.”—Shirley ChisholmEarlier this week, PeakCare staff were critically de-constructing a piece of current news. The article in question was from the Sydney Morning Herald, Tending to Children With the Bodies ofWomen. It definitely got me th...

Combined Voices Campaign

It was 26th May 2011 and a post, Are We Truly Sorry, was entered into PeakCare’s Practice Blogs about National Sorry Day. Sparked off by racist taunts that appeared on You Tube about a widely acclaimed recording artist and performer – a Torres Strait Islander woman – PeakCare called for our member agencies and others to stand with us in saying that we are sorry and...

National Sorry Day - are we truly sorry?

Thursday 26th May 2011 is National Sorry Day.Since 1998, this is the day of the year set aside for all Australians to collectively express our regret over the historical treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.This date was chosen in commemoration of the Bringing Them Home Report being handed to the Federal Government on 26th May 1997.I was recently browsing through Y...

Permission to Perpetrate

Whilst May as Domestic Violence Prevention Month is drawing to a close, domestic violence isn’t. Its impact costs millions of Australians significant harm and costs the economy billions of dollars per annum. Many would argue abuse of power is at epidemic proportions.Yet we continuously fail to adequately address it. Why is that so?Whilst I don’t have the billion...

Dancing With Myself

“No comment” is a comment.”—George CarlinI have been dancing ballet for a year and a half. I love it. When I want to practice at home I usually do so in front of glass sliding doors that lead onto the balcony of the apartment that I live in. I do this because I can see my reflection and the sliding doors become like a mirror. The problem is that I need to...

Talk To Me ....

“What’s the point of being alive,” she said, “if you’re not going to communicate?“—Kurt VonnegutWell, here I am at PeakCare – the new Executive Director who has a thousand ideas running around in my head with most of those ideas containing the thought, “We must do something about this or something about that!”As someone wh...

Sold! Now What?

I don’t want to write anymore about why we need to embrace social media. Boring… That’s old news.I’m SOLD.What I am interested in is the next step. How are we going to use social media to help marginalised people? In Peak Care’s context how are we going to help people to support children and families to prevent child abuse and neglect? How can human services...