Embargoed until 9.30am Friday Oct 12 - AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES - MORE TO DO TO OPTIMISE C-SECTION IN AUSTRALIA - MIDWIFERY CONTINUITY IS KEY
The Australian College of Midwives welcomes the new series on caesarean section published today in the prestigious international health and medical journal The Lancet. Globally, the number of babies born through caesarean section (C-section) almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12% to 21% of all births. This is higher than the level thought required for medical purposes (10-15%).  While the life-saving surgery is still unavailable for many women and children in low-income countries and regions, the procedure is overused in many middle- and high-income settings. There is also emerging evidence that babies born via CS have different hormonal, physical, bacterial and medical exposures during birth, which can subtly alter their health.

CSIRO PUBLISHING: BEES OF AUSTRALIA
Bees – they are the darlings of the insect world and with good reason, since they keep our planet alive. But few of us know about the incredible number and diversity of Australian native bee species, which is why author and photographer James Dorey brings us his stunning new book, Bees of Australia: A Photographic Exploration (CSIRO Publishing). The author even discovered a new species while working on the book!
 



THE STEM CELL RACE & WHAT PART OF YOU WE CAN SAVE FIRST
We’ve been waiting 20 years for human embryonic stem cells to deliver spare parts. Putting the ethical debate to one side, few can argue against the benefits this could bring – especially it if might save their own life or that of a loved one.  Big advances have been made, but it all depends on the ‘spare part’ you might require.
 
 
 
 
 
LIFELINE: SUICIDE INCREASE BY 9.1% OVER THE LAST YEAR – GOVERNMENT MUST SET TARGETS FOR SUICIDE REDUCTION
National suicide data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown a 9.1% increase in the number of lives lost to suicide in Australia over the last year. Lifeline Chairman, John Brogden, today called on the Federal Government to set a national target to achieve 25% suicide reduction over 5 years.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



VOTING UNDERWAY TO IDENTIFY AUSTRALIA'S FAVOURITE CELEBRITY BEARD
Voting to decide the overall winner of Australia’s Sexiest Celebrity Beard is now underway.  Over 3,700 readers took part in the online survey to set the Top 20. Surprise inclusions in the hot 20 are food critic Matt Preston and actor Shane Jacobson, whereas the other Hemsworth heartthrob Liam, celeb trainer Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis and silver fox TV host Dr Andrew Rochford missed the cut.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

LET'S HAVE A PUBLIC HOLIDAY OF OUR OWN / CITIZENS DAY
Australia should replace royal birthdays with a public holiday of our own.  In 2019, Australian governments should join together with a new ‘Citizens Day’ holiday in September to strengthen Australian citizenship.  This could build on existing activities for the anniversary of the Australian Citizenship Act in September 1948.  Australians are not subjects - we are citizens.