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Lifesaving drugs delivered by drone in Vanuatu to help ease infant mortality rates

ON the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu nurse Dominic Viratos sometimes treks many hours across Pentecost Island delivering life-saving vaccines to vulnerable children. A slow journey from the island’s Catholic mission hospital in Melsisi through thick jungle often takes him to remote villages where no vehicle can travel. Delivering vaccines by foot means that the tiny hospital, founded by Marist ... Read More »

Logan Catholic leaders, mayor criticise national welfare drug test trial

Drug test trial

A FEDERAL Government decision to choose Logan as a site for a national drug testing trial for welfare recipients has missed something crucial – the human element. That’s the view of Catholics who work on the pastoral and welfare frontline of Queensland’s rapidly-growing city, southeast of Brisbane. “At a human level, it can be heartless. At a practical level it ... Read More »

Family working with neuroscience director of Catholic hospital considering medical cannabis to treat daughter’s “diabolical” chronic epilepsy

Family hopes cannabis will save daugther

LAURA Massie is a young Brisbane woman who has endured chronic epilepsy since she was a baby.  Now her family is preparing for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Queensland from next March, with a mixture of caution and hope that finally some relief may come. A lot of attention has been focused on using medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy, ... Read More »

Young Catholics party in the name of Jesus

Rave Party

FORGET the drugs and alcohol – there’s a rave party culture that’s opting for good, clean fun without the regrets. A former lay missionary from the Philippines Fredney Gales is helping to foster a culture of young people who can confidently reject the allure of a drug-imbued night out. After working as a lay missionary for seven years, Mr Gales ... Read More »

A decade as an addict

Rory Norris

RORY Norris promised to stop using heroin when he turned 30.  He never asked to be an addict, but addiction has no social boundaries – a kid from a private school in Brisbane born to a devout Catholic mum could still get caught in a drug-abuse trap. “I started smoking marijuana at school, and then got into harder drugs,” he ... Read More »

Drug dealer turns life around

Former drug dealer changes life

KRISTIAN Rimene left a notorious life as a drug dealer to become a regular volunteer for one of Brisbane’s drop-in centres for the city’s vulnerable. Mr Rimene, a former security guard from Christchurch, New Zealand, moved to New South Wales in 2000, working for some of the Sydney’s most “influential people” in the clubbing scene. After moving to the Gold ... Read More »

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