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One in two Australians have a mental or chronic disease

Posted by feww on August 8, 2018

Submitted by a reader in Sydney, Australia

‘Millions of Australians suffering from combined physical, mental ill health, new report finds’

  • 4 million Australians have a mental health condition
  • One in two Australians have a chronic disease
  • Mental health conditions are the leading cause of illness and disability
  • More than 2.4m Australians have a mental and physical health condition

Read more…

[The stats are even more frightening here in the U.S.]

Image of the Day from NSW, Australia

Harry Taylor, 6, plays with the bones of dead livestock on his family farm which has become a dust bowl due to the extreme drought. In the Central Western region of New South Wales, Australia, farmers continue to battle a crippling drought which many locals are calling the worst since 1902. [Brook Mitchell/Getty Images] Image may be subject to copyright.


100% drought declared across state of New South Wales: Govt

NSW produces more than a quarter of Australia’s agricultural output.

The worst drought in living memory is sweeping parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and many asking questions about the future (!)

“Australia’s drought — the cancer eating away at farms”

“My great-grandfather settled on this land in 1901, and he never had to remove cattle from the paddocks over there,” says May McKeown, 79, pointing to the west. “But we have had to remove them all and bring them closer to the homestead so we can more easily feed them.”

Farmer Ash Whitney stands in the middle of a dried-up dam in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. “I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while,” said Whitney. Sourced from Image may be subject to copyright.

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