NSW birth certificates recognise adoption

Attorney General Mark Speakman says the new inclusive birth certificates will modernise the most important legal identity document by including an adopted person’s full history.

Adopted people will now have the option to use a birth certificate that includes information about their parents and siblings at birth, as well as their parents and siblings after they have been adopted.

Under the current law, a birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages after a person is adopted can only record the child’s adoptive parents and any adoptive siblings, making no reference to the birth parents.

Source: NSW birth certificates recognise adoption | The Young Witness | Young, NSW

Girls no more: why elite gymnastics competition for women should start at 18

The new Netflix documentary Athlete A details how Larry Nassar, the US women’s gymnastics team doctor, was brought to justice after sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts.

Since its release, gymnasts around the world have come forward with stories of physical and emotional abuse.

Following allegations of abuse by Australian athletes, the Australian Human Rights Commission will conduct a review on behalf of Gymnastics Australia.

Athletes – including former Olympians – are now calling for an increase in the minimum age for senior international competition from 16 to 18.

Source: Girls no more: why elite gymnastics competition for women should start at 18

‘Breach of trust’: landmark study delves into sexual misconduct complaints made against Australia’s health professions

Medical practitioners, psychologists, chiropractors and osteopaths comprise 22% of registered health practitioners in Australia, yet almost three-quarters of sexual misconduct complaints made to health regulators involved these professions, a world-first study has found.

Although nurses and midwives comprised 59.2% of health practitioners, they made up 19.2% of sexual misconduct complaints.

Rates of notifications alleging sexual assault were higher for chiropractors and osteopaths, psychiatrists, and general practitioners than for internal medicine physicians.

exual misconduct complaints made against Australia’s health professions | Health | The Guardian

Underutilised, Underpaid, Undervalued: Australian women and COVID-19 in and after the crisis

The coronavirus outbreak has had devastating health, economic and social consequences for many Australians. In paid and unpaid work, women have been disproportionately impacted. Many of the gendered inequalities that existed in the pre-COVID-19 world of work – like the overrepresentation of women in lower-paid, insecure jobs and the uneven distribution of unpaid domestic labour – have been exacerbated by the global pandemic.

Women have been the essential frontline workers of the COVID-19 crisis

Women are disproportionately losing work and pay

Women are doing (even) more unpaid work at home

With billions of dollars earmarked for “shovel ready” infrastructure and housing construction projects, the Australian government may be digging holes the economy cannot fill.  In contrast, investments in highly feminised sectors, which represent some of the biggest areas of employment growth and which help take some of care load off individual households, are much more likely to pay off in terms of getting people back to work and in providing economic benefit.

Source: Underutilised, Underpaid, Undervalued: Australian women and COVID-19 in and after the crisis | The OECD Forum Network

Psychotherapists avoid questioning children who want to be transgender as they fear conversion therapy accusations

Psychotherapists are avoiding challenging children who want to be transgender because they fear being accused of conversion therapy by the NHS. Children as young as six are expressing the desire to change their gender, several psychotherapists have told the Telegraph, and many feel unable to question young patients because they “could be accused of breaking the code of ethics”.

Source: Psychotherapists avoid questioning children who want to be transgender as they fear conversion therapy accusations

Victims offered more support as pandemic sparks rise in financial abuse

The bank was moved to act on the matter after discovering that 8000 customers had used the message field accompanying bank transfers to send abusive messages to their partners – with CEO Matt Comyn saying the program would help tackle one of Australia’s “hidden epidemics”.

Financial abuse is a form of family violence – often found along with other forms of abuse – where an abuser uses power to deny and control their partner’s access to household money.

Source: Victims offered more support as pandemic sparks rise in financial abuse

Crossdressing Labour Councillor Admits Possession of Nearly 300,000 Child Sex Abuse Images; Walks Free

UK — Devon, England. A Labour Councillor who got his jollies off roleplaying a female child rape victim in an underground internet community has recently walked free after admitting to possessing images depicting sexual abuse of children and animals.
Mr Spackman served as Labour councillor for the Newtown and St Leonards district of Exeter City Council, and quit the day after his arrest. He worked full-time at a Secure Children’s Home from September 2001 until his position was made redundant in February 2010.

Source: Crossdressing Labour Councillor Admits Possession of Nearly 300,000 Child Sex Abuse Images; Walks Free | Women Are Human

Homelessness crisis: How Australia is failing older women

Twelve months ago, women over 55 were the single largest demographic group accessing welfare payments – over 100,000 women over 55 were on the then-Newstart payment and/or the Sickness Allowance.

And while the coronavirus crisis has seen a large increase in all demographics, the number of women over 55 on the now ‘JobSeeker’ rate has risen by over 60 per cent in the last year.

On average, women retire with just over half the superannuation savings than men do. But worse, one in three women retire with no super at all.

And this government’s early access super scheme will only exacerbate that problem, further depleting retirement savings.

Source: Homelessness crisis: How Australia is failing older women

Adoption loneliness: Being an adoptee is a life sentence

“I am not a gift. I am a human being with her own story.”

It’s a weird thing, growing up being told that you were an answered prayer. That you were chosen. That unlike so many other babies out there, you were wanted, immeasurably.

It’s weird to hear all those things while another voice — one that is not allowed to speak, so she whispers from the darkest corners of your mind — reminds you that you were inherently unwanted. You were abandoned. The people who should have held you closest and wanted you the most gave you away to strangers.

That’s what adoptive parents are to a newborn baby who has been prematurely separated from her mother. They are aliens.

Being an adoptee is a life sentence and as such, loneliness is a life sentence.

Source: Adoption loneliness: Being an adoptee is a life sentence

Another story from Mamamia illustrates the impact on a mother of having a child removed.

Source: “After I lost contact with my sons, I became a Reborner. My baby dolls help me heal.”