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Lightning Ridge’s incurable ‘opal fever’

Australian Traveller reader Aneta Nedimovic gets fossicking fever in outback Lightning Ridge, NSW, home to the famed black opal. For the past four hours, in the blazing sun and scorching 40-degree heat, I’ve been meticulously combing though mounds of rubble for miniscule shards of glimmering colour on an otherwise plain rock. From sheer desperation to find an … Continue reading

Serbian Film Festival

You’ve heard of the French and the Italian Film Festivals but you may have been unaware of the Serbian Film Festival. Dear film buffs and foreign film enthusiasts, add this gem to your calendar! Already in its 13th year, the Serbian Film Festival impresses audiences time and time again with its outstanding showcase of the … Continue reading

Through story and song The Barefoot Divas empower women

Radiating from the stage is raw emotion in its purest form, vibrating from the vocal cords of The Barefoot Divas and straight through the audience. You can feel their words, really feel them, as they pour their heart into every word they sing. Brisbane’s Powerhouse was the perfect setting for their Walk ‘A Mile In … Continue reading

Stillness of “Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present” moves audiences

There is much more to Marina Abramović than just being a ‘crazy’ and controversial performance artist. The feature-length documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, invites the audience to go behind the scenes as she prepares for a major retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010. The … Continue reading

Psychology disorder myth busting with Winnie-the-Pooh

Originally posted on Get Psyched!:
In light of Mental Health Week let’s bust a few myths about mental health with a little help from Winnie-the-Pooh characters. Winnie-the-Pooh was created by A. A. Milne in 1926 and later acquired by Disney. The children’s series was analysed by Dalhousie University’s Pediatrics Department who found the characters were textbook cases…

Media affecting Indigenous health by perpetuating ‘racist’ images

Racism and mental health are linked, we know that, but what’s become apparent from talking to delegates at the International Network of Indigenous Knowledge Health and Development at UQ, is that the media itself is reinforcing negative perceptions of Indigenous people. Professor Dennis McDermott from Flinders University in Adelaide, says racism has been shown to … Continue reading

Australian health system not designed for Indigenous people

The Australian hospital system, which was based on a British model, is not fully catering to the needs of the Indigenous community. Professor Dennis McDermott from Flinders University in Adelaide says a recent study in Adelaide, called ‘Our own backyard’, found that two thirds of Aboriginal people experienced institutional racism, and two thirds of those … Continue reading

Domestic abuse linked to continued oppression

Violence, especially towards women and children in Indigenous families, continues to be a significant issue and is being addressed at the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development at The University of Queensland. Dr Erana Cooper, from the University of Auckland, says that Aotearoa/New Zealand’s violent history plays a significant role in the prevalence … Continue reading

A focus on wellness for Indigenous women

Being an Indigenous woman equates to shorter life expectancy, a greater risk of health problems and lower levels of social and emotional well being, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This well-known fact is being addressed this week at the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development, at The University of Queensland. Melissa … Continue reading

Reconciliation campaign aims to take back identity

The eviction of the Aboriginal tent embassy from Brisbane’s Musgrave Park last week brought into focus tensions between protesters and the authorities. Dr. Winnifred Louis, social psychology professor at the University of Queensland, says prejudice, racism and hate are still issues in the city. “Brisbane is more welcoming of minorities and more favourable to Indigenous Australians … Continue reading

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