The Junction

There was a marked decrease in the number of hospital beds available in South Australian public psychiatric hospitals in 2017/18 with just 157 beds, compared to 225 in 2016/17.

A broken mental health system, but some light in the dark

October 20, 2020

Many people face an uphill battle in obtaining help for their mental health – not just overcoming the stigma attached to seeking help, but also in terms of the quality of care available from an underfunded and understaffed health service. Thankfully, grassroots projects are providing support to those in need.

Cheers or tears? Counselling and support services have received more requests for help this year due to COVID

Drying out after lockdown

October 20, 2020

People have been negatively affected by alcohol-related issues throughout the pandemic and rehabilitation services have never been more vital.

Twenty-one years after being adopted as a baby, Jordan Miletic calls his foster carer “Mum”

Carers foster life-long bond

October 16, 2020

Jordan Miletic was 10 months old when he was placed in a short-term arrangement with a foster carer. Twenty-one years later he now calls that foster carer “Mum”

O’Shea’s decontamination team are ready for the job.

Meet the people behind SA’s meth lab decontamination industry

October 15, 2020

On the nightly television news, images of meth lab busts by police are not uncommon. But what happens after everyone leaves the crime scene?

BENEE performing at Laneway Festival. Of the top 100 songs played on Australian radio across 58 stations last year, just 21 were by female artists.

Australian music skips a beat on gender equality

October 15, 2020

In 2020 it’s hard to think of any circumstance where sexism this blatant is considered acceptable. Yet for VOIID and other female-identifying bands and creatives, these kinds of stories are the harsh reality

Grom session: Children in the Juiced Up Groms program are outside and having fun

Disconnect to reconnect

October 15, 2020

Many Australian children swipe and tap away their free time and it is starting to take its toll

FIrefighters in Queensland. Photo: Flickr user bertknot (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Rising from the Ashes

October 12, 2020

With bushfire season around the corner, what could be improved this year to avoid a repeat of the catastrophic 2019/2020 summer?

Micro businesses online during the pandemic. 
High tea delivered to your door via La Creme Sweets (@lacremsweets_au) on Instagram

Sourcing sweet income during pandemic unemployment

October 12, 2020

Some innovative young entrepreneurs in Sydney are creating their own source of income to bridge the financial...

In many fields universities are now only approving virtual internships. Photo: Lenny DiFranza (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Virtual internships hard but have advantages, journalism students say

October 12, 2020

While there are few options at present other than working online and completing your work placement remotely journalism students say they find virtual internships interesting and would not mind doing such placements in the future.

A nursing shed at a puppy farm in Victoria which has approval to come to NSW. (Source: Animal Justice Party)

Animal welfare fears as puppy breeders avoid tough new rules

October 9, 2020

NSW’s lack of regulation of puppy breeding is turning it into a hub for bad practice in the industry, reports Christa Nicola.

Senior journalist: social media and journalism should be separate entities.

The writing is (not) on the wall for the journalism industry

October 9, 2020

Senior journalist: we need to make sure we separate journalism and social media content.

“We think that preventative behaviour and getting involved early and taking action early will prevent that one woman murdered.” Sunshine Coast Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards

Police fight for domestic violence school education

October 7, 2020

A senior Sunshine Coast police officer wants to enlist the help of local schools to provide stronger education and prevent domestic violence.

University student journalism from Australia, NZ and the Pacific.
Project: Constructive Journalism