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Queensland to trial professional foster carers

Nurses and teachers will be targeted in a Queensland trial of professional foster carers to keep up to 30 children and young people with high-support needs in a stable home environment. The two-year program will see $3 million spent on ...

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SA government ‘no jab, no play’ amendments

The South Australian government is proposing changes to its ‘no jab, no play’ laws. The law will require children to be age appropriately immunised (or have a medical exemption) or be on an immunisation catch-up program to access early childhood ...

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Queensland premier angry over anti-vax screening

Anti-vaxxers have enraged the Queensland premier after screening a film about their beliefs at a Gold Coast school allegedly under the pretence of holding a seminar about organic vegetables. Annastacia Palaszczuk is demanding answers as to how the documentary came ...

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Stroke: a top ten cause of death for children

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has published the first ever study into the outcomes for children following an arterial ischaemic stroke, usually known as a stroke caused by a blood clot. Despite being more commonly associated with older people stroke ...

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Let kids be kids

Quantum Physics for Babies. Some find it hard to believe. But it is indeed a real book, and other books which introduce abstract scientific concepts to young minds have followed. It’s a quirky idea and I’ve told the story about ...

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Influenza linked to brain disease in kids

Researchers at the University of Sydney have identified a link between influenza and a deadly brain disease in Australian children, prompting calls for a universal flu vaccination program for the very young. During the past three flu seasons, 54 cases of ...

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Guide to combat childhood injury and death

An Australian-first safety guide has been launched to combat childhood injury, the number one cause of death and hospitalisation of children over the age of one. The Child Safety Good Practice Guide is a compilation of all the evidence regarding ...

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Are smart toys spying on kids?

To the Unites States where internet-connected toys are causing concerns … The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children’s toys connected to the internet. In an advisory posted on its website, the FBI ...

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