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Practically, it must be recognised that full inclusion can only be achieved through a planned transition. Shutterstock

NSW could lead the way in educating students with a disability

Other states have had recent smaller inquiries, but the NSW inquiry into the education of children with a disability was across all systems, and could lead best practice nationally.
A review of the prevalence of child sex abuse around the world shows that one in five females are affected and one in 13 males. (Shutterstock)

We must listen to male sexual abuse victims #too

In the wake of the #Metoo movement, and with the goal of transforming toxic masculinity into compassionate masculinity, we must create new spaces to listen to male victims of child abuse too.
There is no research evidence that spanking improves child behaviour. On the contrary, spanking is associated with aggression, antisocial behaviour, mental health problems and negative relationships with parents.

Why parents should never spank children

The debate on spanking is over. Scientific studies consistently show that it is harmful to children, increasing the likelihood of mental health problems and antisocial behaviours.
Inmates at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California in 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What’s hidden behind the walls of America’s prisons

The University of Michigan's Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson explains why Americans must demand better access to the nation's prisons.
Verbal abuse can result in significant psychological trauma for nurses. from shutterstock.com

Violence against nurses is on the rise, but protections remain weak

Violence against nurses in hospitals is increasing. Yet incidents remain under-reported and protections are not enough to ensure their safety, as well as that of their patients.
The logic is that violence is a choice, so men can be reasonably expected to stop. luxorphoto/Shutterstock

To stop domestic violence, we need to change perpetrators’ behaviour

Thousands of Australian men are sitting on waiting lists every year to get help to end their violent behaviour – even though behaviour change programs can reduce their likelihood of offending again.

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