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Drug users mailing sterile syringes to avoid stigma and discrimination

Tue, 2015-06-30 13:34

Australia's first study into the reasons why injecting drug users are sharing syringes at an unacceptably high rate has found stigma and discrimination are still major barriers to accessing clean equipment.

Former coach McKenna unaware of Suns' drug issues

Tue, 2015-06-30 13:31

Gold Coast has been rocked by allegations of drug use but former coach Guy McKenna says he was unaware of any such issues when he was at the Suns.

Doors to close on Kingaroy private hospital

Tue, 2015-06-30 12:31

The South Burnett community in southern Queensland will lose its only private hospital when it closes at the end of today.

Farm debt mediation cases predicted to rise

Tue, 2015-06-30 12:22

A rural financial counselling service says farm debt mediation cases are expected to rise over the coming year, with no reprieve in drought for many areas.

Sacked jail worker loses bid to get job back

Tue, 2015-06-30 12:18

A sacked Townsville correctional worker accused of sending confidential prisoner details to politicians has lost a court battle to get her job back.

Hospital takes steps to protect newborns from whooping cough

Tue, 2015-06-30 12:12

A new clinic has opened at the Mackay Base Hospital in north Queensland to protect young babies against whooping cough or pertussis.

South Burnett council adopts budget with 2.75pc rate rise

Tue, 2015-06-30 12:07

The South Burnett council in southern Queensland says it is happy to adopt a budget with a general rate rise of 2.75 per cent, given a loss of state and federal government funding.

Jobs lost as Wide Bay Medicare Local transitions to new health service

Tue, 2015-06-30 12:02

About 40 staff from Wide Bay Medicare Local have been made redundant as the service is absorbed into a new health service based on the Sunshine Coast.

Design studies commissioned for proposed Emerald flood levee

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:58

The Central Highlands Regional Council will proceed with early planning studies for a flood levee in Emerald.

Cairns council delivers budget with 1.5pc rate rise

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:51

Cairns Regional Council in far north Queensland has handed down its final budget before next year's local government election, with an $8 million surplus.

Farah named in Blues' Origin III side despite broken hand

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:48

There are no surprises in the New South Wales side named for State of Origin III at Lang Park, with hooker Robbie Farah named as expected despite nursing a broken hand.

Conservation holidays proving popular with tourists to Queensland

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:40

Most people dream of a holiday to relax and unwind but a growing number of tourists are spending hundreds of dollars to use that time pulling out and chopping down noxious weeds.

Satellite science saves the sight of remote Australians

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:38

Hundreds of patients who do not have good access to proper eye tests are screened as part of a unique CSIRO project, helping to save the sight of remote and rural Australians.

Brisbane Festival to show stories from the Congo

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:37

The new artistic director of the Brisbane Festival plans to highlight stories and performers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is looking to the local African community for inspiration.

Night off for AFL tribunal

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:08

The AFL tribunal will not sit on Tuesday evening after Brisbane's Stefan Martin and Gold Coast's Andrew Raines became the latest players to accept sanctions from the match review panel.

Inflammatory tweet on marriage equality ends with federal MP apologising

Tue, 2015-06-30 10:34

A tweet by north Queensland federal MP George Christensen that links US gun laws with the legalisation of same-sex marriage ends with an apology for any offence caused.

Tropical low north of Coral Sea could become Queensland's first July cyclone

Tue, 2015-06-30 09:14

A tropical low which has formed north of the Coral Sea could make Queensland history if it turns into a cyclone.

Two prisoners escape Queensland work camp then think better of it and surrender

Tue, 2015-06-30 08:36

Two prisoners hand themselves in to police hours after escaping from a work camp at Winton in Queensland's central west.

Nursing home resident, 79, charged with attempted murder after alleged knife attack

Tue, 2015-06-30 07:44

A 79-year-old nursing home resident faces an attempted murder charge over an alleged knife attack on a fellow resident at Sandgate on Brisbane's northern bayside.

Tourists flock to oasis in parched outback Queensland

Mon, 2015-06-29 19:56

Despite drought and personal tragedy, one Queensland woman continues her quest to develop an oasis for tourists visiting the state's outback.