Young people using the infamous ‘nyaope’ drug in Johannesburg.
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Portugal won the war on drugs by giving up. What lessons can South Africa learn from their approach?
Our brains tell our bodies to move differently when we have pain.
Our brains tell our bodies to move differently when we have pain. And there is emerging evidence to show changing how we move could actually contribute to the development of chronic pain.
Therapeutic group work is a consistent feature of traditional rehab treatments.
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Thousands of Australians go to residential drug and alcohol rehab programs every year. But is there evidence rehabs, as well as the group therapy they often rely on, actually work?
US TV-style ‘interventions’ aren’t the answer.
Ice increases the risks of psychosis, violence and impulsivity, and decreases emotional control. So what can families really do?
The Tokyo games of 1964 represented the first use of the term ‘Paralympics’.
Australian Paralympic Committee
The Paralympic Games started off as a way to motivate and rehabilitate returned servicemen and women after the second world war, and has evolved tremendously since then.
Communal area and classrooms of the Intensive Learning Centre facility, Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, NSW.
Innovative design could be key to improving prisoners' chances of rehabilitation and reducing their likelihood of re-offending.
Some of us can’t help moving to a beat.
The reason why some of us can't help but to dance, and others can't hold a beat, might lie in the brain.
RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO.
The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. But will they replace human specialists?
The malleable brain.
Without the ability to rewire itself, the brain wouldn't be able to grow or recover from injury.
Branding wrongdoers has a long and chequered past.
As part of a strategy to eliminate violence against women, a new ad uses a series of photographs depicting young men who have assaulted their girlfriends.
Stigma doesn’t help.
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Stigma toward heroin use might prevent a lot of people from using the drug, but these attitudes don't help people who are dependent.
Classical or hip-hop, music often feels like it has healing properties and now scientists have proved it.
There is no evidence to suggest mandatory treatment outside of the criminal justice system would work.
There is no evidence to suggest mandatory treatment outside of the criminal justice system would work. Instead, we need to increase funding for treatment programs, including early intervention.
Judge Steven Alm pioneered the HOPE project, the first of scores of swift and certain sanction programmes in the US.
The success of probation programmes based on swift and certain sanctions has led to more than 160 such schemes operating in the US. Australia should consider whether the model might work here too.
Most of Tasmania’s relatively small prison population is housed at Risdon Prison Complex.
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Imprisonment rates in Tasmania have steadily declined over the past decade -- the only state or territory where this has happened. That is a result of progressive and effective corrections policies.
Indigenous prisoners perform a welcome ceremony at the 2014 opening of Darwin’s $500 million prison, which is likely to be full by 2018.
The Northern Territory stands out for having one of the highest imprisonment rates in the world - much higher even than in the US - and it's hard to argue that this does the community much good.
The ACT’s new prison did not take long to fill up, which has tested the capacity of corrections authorities to live up to their stated high ideals.
The ACT's first prison opened in 2009 with lofty ideals, but rising prisoner numbers and high rates of re-imprisonment are presenting a severe test of the capital's reformist corrections agenda.
Queensland’s reliance on high-security facilities to house a growing prison population may be linked to the nation’s highest rates of return for prisoners on parole.
Queensland's rates of imprisonment had been falling, but have undergone a sharp reversal - much of it driven by the nation's highest rates of return by prisoners released into the community.
Prisoners took control of Strangeways for 25 days.
Suicide, bullying and drugs continue to plague the penal system despite promises of change.
The ability to make sense of sensory feedback in more refined ways is central to Feldenkrais.
The Feldenkrais Method is a way of exploring movement, posture and breathing through hands-on touch, used by dancers, musicians, athletes, actors and people living with and rehabilitating from a range…