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Lightning Ridge’s incurable ‘opal fever’

Australian Traveller reader Aneta Nedimovic gets fossicking fever in outback Lightning Ridge, NSW, home to the famed black opal. For the past four hours, in the blazing sun and scorching 40-degree heat, I’ve been meticulously combing though mounds of rubble for miniscule shards of glimmering colour on an otherwise plain rock. From sheer desperation to find an … Continue reading

Serbian Film Festival

You’ve heard of the French and the Italian Film Festivals but you may have been unaware of the Serbian Film Festival. Dear film buffs and foreign film enthusiasts, add this gem to your calendar! Already in its 13th year, the Serbian Film Festival impresses audiences time and time again with its outstanding showcase of the … Continue reading

Australian health system not designed for Indigenous people

The Australian hospital system, which was based on a British model, is not fully catering to the needs of the Indigenous community. Professor Dennis McDermott from Flinders University in Adelaide says a recent study in Adelaide, called ‘Our own backyard’, found that two thirds of Aboriginal people experienced institutional racism, and two thirds of those … Continue reading

A focus on wellness for Indigenous women

Being an Indigenous woman equates to shorter life expectancy, a greater risk of health problems and lower levels of social and emotional well being, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This well-known fact is being addressed this week at the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development, at The University of Queensland. Melissa … Continue reading

Mimes pressuring government’s foreign aid commitment

Vision Generation will be making themselves seen but not heard across Australia’s capital cities in a mime flashmob on May 26 aimed at raising awareness of preventable deaths in third world countries. The youth movement connected to World Vision, hopes to pressure the government to honour their foreign aid commitment of 0.5% Gross National Income … Continue reading

Lady Elliot Island: The Secluded Paradise

There I was snorkelling in the brilliant blue water when I saw the green sea turtle: slow and dull on land but in the water cruising along beside me, the sun’s rays danced off its shell and made it sparkle. Lady Elliot is the closest thing to a deserted island on the Great Barrier Reef, … Continue reading

Parading Penguin Christmas Eve

It was a Christmas Eve to remember, celebrating not only with my family but also cute Little Penguins on Phillip Island, Victoria. The night was full of excitement and anticipation as we waited two hours on the windy Phillip Island beach for the sun to set and the penguins to come ashore for the Penguin … Continue reading

Indigenous broadcaster Vince Coulthard wins 2010 NAIDOC Award

YEARS of tireless campaigning for Indigenous land rights and justice have landed Vince Coulthard with the prestigious National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Award for 2010. The Port Augusta man is the director of the Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association, South Australia’s only Aboriginal radio station. “I am very passionate about Aboriginal culture, land and … Continue reading

Indigenous people smoke fewer cigarettes, but suffer higher rates of smoking-related illness

New research reveals that while the indigenous population smoke half as many cigarettes as those in the broader community, they still suffer far higher rates of smoking-related illness. Associate Professor David Thomas from Darwin’s Menzies School of Health analysed bar-coded sales recorded of all cigarettes sold in 2007 at stores in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of … Continue reading

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