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Teen mums uncover new classroom soon after schools turn them away

Posted December 11, 2015 09:38:47

Young mothers Photo: Young mothers Jessica, 19, Sasha, 18, and Rebecca, 22, have received their year 11 VCAL certificates even though studying in a Melbourne City Mission classroom for mums and bubs. (ABC Local: Clare Rawlinson)
Map: Melbourne 3000

A group of teenage mothers in Melbourne has graduated year 11 by way of a specially tailored classroom soon after being turned away by their higher schools.

The mums and bubs classroom run by Melbourne City Mission provides a versatile understanding atmosphere with cots, modify tables and toys alongside students’ desks.

Sasha, 18, said she would not have been capable to continue her education in a mainstream school simply because of stigma and a lack of help.

“Upon telling my school I was pregnant, I was asked to leave simply because they felt they could not cater to my predicament,” she stated.

“That threw me in the deep finish … but I was determined to continue my education.”

My son is seeking up at me now as his function model so I do not want him to be disappointed in me.

Jessica, 19, year 11 graduate and mother

The judgment that came with her pregnancy at the age of 16, Sasha believes, contributed to a period of post-natal depression.

An additional student, 19-year-old Jessica, said she was only in a position to continue her education since of the specialised classroom.

Jessica was 15 when she became pregnant and she mentioned it was the wake-up call she necessary to finish her schooling.

“Obviously I didn’t strategy to get pregnant but I wouldn’t alter it for the planet,” she mentioned.

“If I did not get pregnant I would have been a dropout doing absolutely nothing with life.

“My son is hunting up at me now as his role model so I do not want him to be disappointed in me.”

Each student at the mums and bubs classroom has a personal education strategy and a support worker on hand for their kids whilst in class.

Calls for education policy to support teenage mothers

About 25,000 teenagers turn into pregnant in Australia every year.

But according to the Brave Foundation for young mothers, mainstream schools have a lengthy way to go towards supporting them.

Brave Foundation chief executive Bernadette Black mentioned teenage mothers were 40 per cent less likely to finish year 12 and 54 per cent less most likely to uncover employment.

Stigma and shame were major contributors to social isolation and post-natal depression, said Ms Black who herself became pregnant at 16.

Bernadette Black at age 17, with son Damien in 2003. Photo: Bernadette Black at age 17 with her son Damien in 1993. (Supplied)

In 1 South Australian higher school, a principal looking for guidance from the Brave Foundation proposed to send a letter to all parents at the college apologising for one student’s pregnancy.

Ms Black mentioned reactions like that were often grounded in a belief that supporting young mums would glamorise teen pregnancy.

“Data shows those who get assistance and acceptance have greater outcomes, and the incidence [of teenage pregnancy] really decreased when there was a assistance plan in a secondary school,” she said.

“The children around the system actually saw what a large slog it was to go to college with a infant.”

A spokesman for Victoria’s Department of Education, Steve Tolley, stated students who did not receive assistance from their schools although pregnant must report the matter to the department. 

Mr Tolley stated pregnant or parenting students have the correct to continue schooling, but need to offer a medical certificate endorsing their attendance soon after 35 weeks gestation.

He added the division supported versatile finding out and distance education choices for teenage mothers.

But the Brave Foundation is campaigning for the creation of a far more complete education policy for young mums.

Jessica said that she wished there had been a mainstream college willing to be supportive of her pregnancy.

“Providing us methods to cope isn’t condoning young girls to go out and get pregnant,” she said.

“It really is giving the girls who did get pregnant the opportunities to go out and make the very best of what’s happened, so we will not be these stereotypical young mums that do not do something.”

Topics: education, pregnancy-and-childbirth, youth, access-to-education, secondary-schools, schools, parenting, loved ones-and-young children, ladies, melbourne-3000, australia

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Dog offered oxygen soon after firefighters pluck him from smoke-filled Melbourne unit

Updated December 07, 2015 10:37:48

A dog which took shelter beneath a bed has survived a unit fire with the support of emergency workers who positioned the pup and administered oxygen.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) crews were referred to as to the Moore Road unit in Vermont South about 6:30pm on Sunday when neighbours reported smoke inside the property.

Crews had been in a position to bring the blaze, which was believed to have started in a tv, under handle.

The unit’s owner, who was not residence at the time, contacted fire crews and asked them to appear for her pet dog Angus, who was inside.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus did yet another search of the property and identified Angus hiding under an upstairs bed.

The dog was offered oxygen and recovered speedily.

A fire department spokesman mentioned animals responded to oxygen in the very same way as individuals.

Angus got a bath and is recovering with his grateful owner.

Subjects: fires, animal-welfare, vermont-3133

Very first posted December 07, 2015 10:26:14

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Indigenous Referendum Council named soon after drawn-out negotiations

Posted December 07, 2015 00:01:11

The Federal Government and Opposition have settled on the lengthy-awaited Referendum Council to seek advice from on the greatest prospect of recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

Advocates of adjust are hopeful the 16-member council will break the impasse in the debate over the question that would be put to voters.

The council was anticipated to be named around the time Tony Abbott was toppled as prime minister in mid-September and the time lag has caused great aggravation for some advocates.

Membership of the council was negotiated between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

It consists of prominent Indigenous advocates for adjust from across the country — Pat Dodson, Pat Anderson, Noel Pearson, Mick Gooda, Megan Davis and Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

They will be joined by former Labor NSW premier Kristina Keneally, former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja and former federal Liberal indigenous affairs minister Amanda Vanstone.

Former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, senior lawyer and advocate Mark Leibler and former higher court chief justice Murray Gleeson are also members.

Referendum Council members:

  • Professor Patrick Dodson (co-chair)
  • Mark Leibler AC (co-chair)
  • Pat Anderson AO
  • Professor Megan Davis
  • Andrew Demetriou
  • Murray Gleeson AC QC
  • Kristina Keneally
  • Mick Gooda
  • Tanya Hosch
  • Jane McAloon
  • Michael Rose
  • Natasha Stott Despoja AM
  • Noel Pearson
  • Amanda Vanstone
  • Dalassa Yorkston
  • Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM

Topics: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, community-and-society, government-and-politics, indigenous-policy, federal-government, australia

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‘Don’t be scared to ask for help’: Stefan Woodward’s loved ones speak out soon after death at Stereosonic

Updated December 06, 2015 18:35:11

The loved ones of a teenager who died at Adelaide’s Stereosonic music festival has paid tribute to a “fun-loving young man whose life had been reduce so tragically short”.

In a statement, the loved ones of 19-year-old Stefan Woodward urged for change at festivals, such as higher access to 1st aid and cost-free water, to make certain no other family members endures the same heartache.

Mr Woodward died on Saturday from a suspected drug overdose at the Adelaide leg of the festival.

Two other people stay in critical condition right after consuming drugs at the festival.

The same day, police released images of red and orange tablets stamped with dollar symbols, which had been identified on Mr Woodward.

“Our family members is devastated by our loss and we would do anything to have our son and brother back,” Mr Woodward’s mother, two brothers and stepfather stated in a statement.

“Stefan finished a visitors management training course on Friday and was excited about getting an apprenticeship.

“I preserve asking what could have stopped me from losing my son, and my other two sons from losing their darling brother.”

Mr Woodward worked at a supermarket whilst finishing Year 13 at Seaton Higher College, in Seaton, South Australia.

He was also heavily involved in the Woodville Lacrosse Club.

The club paid tribute to Mr Woodward, who played for the division one group, describing him as “a sharp-shooting left-handed attackman”.

Stefan Woodward Photo: Stefan Woodward loved to play lacrosse and was heavily invovled in the Woodville Lacrosse Club. (Supplied: Facebook )

Mr Woodward’s loved ones has urged pals to look out for each and every other and for occasion organisers to be greater ready with 1st aid in the future.

“Far more than anything I want anything great to come of this tragedy,” the loved ones stated.

“I want organisers of events like these to make certain there is adequate very first aid on offer to make confident that no-one particular gets turned away, and no-one feels they want to wait.

“I want pals to look right after each and every other and make certain it really is in no way regarded weak to ask for aid.

“I want authorities to make sure little ones are kept protected with cost-free water.

“And I want young boys and girls like Stefan to in no way be as well scared to ask for help.

“Mostly, I in no way want one more household to go by means of what we are going through subsequent now.”

Independent senator Nick Xenophon has known as for a coronial inquest into Mr Woodward’s death.

The death comes a week following 25-year-old Sylvia Choi died at the Sydney Stereosonic festival of a suspected overdose.

Subjects: drugs-and-substance-abuse, dance-music, carnivals-and-festivals, death, adelaide-5000

First posted December 06, 2015 18:33:52

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