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shauna020473 October 11, 2021

I think we should move to the New Zealand model, where public maternity care funds go to women rather than hospitals. Then women can choose how they want to use them- ón a private midwife, private obsetrician, or in  a hospital. This would end up costing less as private midwives charge less for more patient centric care, leaving obstetricians to those with higher ríse pregnancies who really need them.

shauna020473 October 8, 2021

Interesting. What about mortgages? Or does everyone rent?  Its only mentioned in one case. I think the biggest difference between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ at the moment is whether someone bought property 15 or more years ago, back when it was affordable. Due to the boom, they are basically all ‘rich’ now. Its much harder for younger generations. 

shauna020473 September 23, 2021

I think you might have been in my local park last weekend ; )  I can totally relate to the  dogs, lack of toilets, people with slacklines, warm wine and how to txt the friends you're meeting about where you are when you can't really describe it (?)

shauna020473 September 21, 2021

What I find the most shocking is the level of entitlement. The actions of these guys- alleged sexual harassment, bullying, affairs with junior staff - are much worse than the average person in the average job. They act as though being a government minister, in a position to make major decisions impacting the lives of millions of people across Australia and being paid incredible salaries, is a right that should be available to them. Rather than a huge privilege and grave responsibility that requires much higher than average levels of accountability, diligence, ethical behaviour and selfless service.

shauna020473 September 13, 2021

As part of an older generation, I'm sad and angry that this is what modern teens go through. Sexual harassment and assault still happened 30 years ago, but it was nowhere near as normal as it seems to have become. I think the rise of internet porn has massively changed expectations and culture, along with the basic sexism that has always been there.  I think petitions for consent education are all well and good - but what about making it easier to report to police, better education of police, and a reasonable conviction rate in courts?   It seems difficult to believe that someone could not know, for example, that an unconscious girl is clearly not consenting to anything. It seems like it would take a whole cultural shift. 

shauna020473 September 7, 2021

On Q and A I heard several speakers say they saw no evidence of reformed child sexual abusers. I like to think that you could be right, as prevention is of course better. 

What about just creating a society that respected the rights of children? If more adults viewed kids as people with rights they might think twice. Australia has a long way to go on this. We still put 10 year olds in prison. It’s still legal to assault your kids in this country, unlike in much of the world. 

shauna020473 September 5, 2021

Its great that this is finally being taken seriously by the medical profession. I had a disempowering experience with my first daughter, 14 years ago, which involved an obstetrician who, ignoring my own wishes, which were made very clear and which the midwives who attended me understood well, undermined my birth experience through subtle comments and actions. This continued to the point where I lost all confidence, given my state of vulnerability, and went along with whatever she wanted. Which ended up with me having unnecessary instrumental interventions. My baby's and my vital signs were great throughout the whole experience - baby had an Apgar 9. However, the instrumental birth had negative medical impacts on me that last to this day despite expensive physiotherapy, and  I believe could have been completely avoided. The hospital does not track this kind of impact and I was never offerred a debrief.
I hired my own private midwife for my second child, and it was a very different experience.

shauna020473 August 26, 2021

Thanks for this important reminder. What a dreadfully shameful legacy. Breaking international human rights laws and conventions in order to whip up jingoism and win elections. 

shauna020473 August 19, 2021

In the past 10 years, Australia has  stopped being a decent global citizen. We are actually increasing our greenhouse gas emissions (excluding LULUCF), while gas-lighting and pointing the finger at other countries to do more. We break international law in the way we treat refugees. We slashed our foreign aid budget, and even decided that foreign aid can be to advance our own interests rather than, you know, help other countries.  

shauna020473 August 4, 2021

I agree about Sirena tuna in olive oil, it’s  the  best canned tuna by far. But as for really expensive tins of sardines served in restaurants, I always thought that was about pretending to be in a tapas restaurant in Barcelona and the novelty of colourful retro  tins. Not about taste or value for money. 

shauna020473 July 27, 2021


A 2% chance of dying of COVID19 if you catch it is about 10,000x greater than the risk of dying from the Astra-Zeneca vaccine.  

In terms of not fully testing COVID vaccines - no vaccines in world history have ever been given to so many people as the COVID vaccines.  The data for the COVID vaccines are better than for any other vaccine ever developed. 

Its an amazing feat that they were developed in such a rapid time and that now about 27% of the entire world's population has had at least one dose. 

shauna020473 July 27, 2021

Thanks for writing this, it is so true that Covid has brought conspiracy theories to life. People show their anxiety in many different ways, and for some people, the pandemic anxiety has brought out an anti-authoritarian distrust of science and medicine, fuelled by misinformation.  Thank goodness you are in the country and not near a major airport and population centre.

shauna020473 July 27, 2021

Thanks for the article, that sounds so difficult. I remember giving up at least one mother’s group because I didn’t find it supportive. Having my 2nd child was totally different - by then it was clear that there was no one best way, and that whatever difficult stage the baby is in, it will pass. I especially steer clear of anyone who seems very certain that their approach is the best. 

shauna020473 July 21, 2021

Its great that this is finally being acknowledged. It seems that women's needs for psychological safety during birth has been ignored for a long time.

Even without a particularly traumatic birth, the act of giving birth itself puts women at risk of psychological injury - ie sudden extreme lack of sleep due to baby's needs, sudden physical changes like massive weight loss and blood loss, massive hormonal fluxes, and in the case of C section, a major, life changing operation. These alone would be enough to cause postnatal mental health issues for many.  In previous eras, it was considered normal that postnatally women would be looked after for many weeks, so that they have time to come to recover psychologically and physically.

shauna020473 July 20, 2021

Thank you. So important to point this out. I think the contrast between how Australian governments have respected the science on COVID  and taken efforts to reject anti-science disinformation about it vs the way they have actively undermined the science on climate change and encouraged disinformation is so stark.  Shameful. 

shauna020473 July 14, 2021

I’m just not that interested in the olympics. I haven’t watched it for 20 years. And I agree about Bridgerton, it was pretty terrible. 

shauna020473 July 7, 2021

Thank you, that was hilarious! You watch it so we don’t have to;)

shauna020473 July 7, 2021

Thanks for those. I also really like Bran Nue Day, and the documentary Gurrumul, which was amazing. 

shauna020473 July 2, 2021

Thanks for your story about an inspiring person who is a good role model for Australians in terms of dignity, activism, intelligence, and selfless service to a cause that helps others despite her own adversity. I am so thankful that in the Australia of 2021 we have (mostly) grown up enough to recognise it.

shauna020473 July 1, 2021

The intestines cake and the archeological dig! So awesome