Category: Discussions

A Personalized Response from the Department of Health and Ageing on “Stop Gastro Spread”

At the end of February I wrote to both the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and also the NSW State Health Department about “Stop Gastro Spread” in order to highlight some issues that I felt were necessary to address with regards to the expected Norovirus epidemic this winter.  My issues for NSW Health are some inconsistencies…

The Problem With Adults Choosing What Kids Read. Or: The Desensitization of the Gatekeepers

I suggested in an earlier post that Authors, who are in a unique position of power, have a moral duty to ‘Do no Harm’ to their young audiences by thinking very carefully about what they choose to write about. My main concerns are the increasing amount of violence and graphic descriptions of violent and gruesome…

Violent Death in Kid’s Books: Authors “should” aim to Do No Harm to Young Readers

I have a problem when the words KILL, CHILD, ENTERTAINMENT, are uttered in the same sentence. I have a problem with those words uniting to form a story. I particularly have a problem with those words uniting to form a story for children to read. To learn from. To be entertained by. I read a…

Kid’s Skin Infection “Molluscum Contagiosum”: The Latest Day-Care Guidelines

The Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) are looking for comment on a series of posters and information sheets to accompany the latest edition of “Staying Healthy-Preventing Infectious Diseases in early childhood education and care services.” You can find them here. The posters and information sheets are great and Australians are so…

‘Rest At Home For 48 Hours After Gastro’: Does Social Conscience still exist?

Today, I wanted to look at the concept of ‘Rest At Home’ in further detail, get ready for a discussion! “Anyone with vomiting or diarrhoea should rest at home and not attend work, school or child-care or visit a residential care facility until vomiting and diarrhoea have stopped for 48 hours. During this time they should not…