Overview:

• A South Australian woman who admits to supplying cannabis oil to terminally ill people free of charge has said she’ll be an even more vocal advocate for medicinal cannabis after being charged with drug offences.

• More than 5,000 residents in a central Victorian shire have completed a youth mental health first aid course dramatically reducing their once high suicide rates to zero among participants. Started by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the mental health promotion model, which began seven years ago, is aimed at reducing youth suicide in rural communities through its Youth Mental Health First Aid training.

• Fake wellness blogger Belle Gibson has been ordered to pay $30,000 in prosecution costs, with a further six-figure penalty possible, in a case brought by Consumer Affairs Victoria. Justice Debra Mortimer last month found the 25-year-old and her company Inkerman Road Nominees guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct. The company, which has since shut down, made $420,000 from sales of The Whole Pantry cookbook and smart phone application.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-08/medicinal-cannabis-producer-jenny-hallam-charged-drug-offences/8427660

A South Australian woman who admits to supplying cannabis oil to terminally ill people free of charge has said she’ll be an even more vocal advocate for medicinal cannabis after being charged with drug offences.

In a video posted on Facebook, Hillier resident Jenny Hallam said she had been charged with possessing and manufacturing a controlled drug and was due in court in May.

Ms Hallam said she’d been waiting to see what action was taken after her home was raided by police in January.

SA police confirmed Ms Hallam had been charged.

Since Ms Hallam’s home was raided, Ms Franks has called for an amnesty in South Australia, similar to the one introduced by former New South Wales premier Mike Baird.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-07/life4life-mental-health-first-aid-course-helps-families,-youth/8424930

More than 5,000 residents in a central Victorian shire have completed a youth mental health first aid course dramatically reducing their once high suicide rates to zero among participants.

Mother of three from Gisborne, Tamara Wilson almost lost one of her daughters to suicide.

About six years ago her daughter Brooke, then 15 years old, began exhibiting signs of anorexia, slowly “starving herself to death” while also addicted to the drug ice.

The teenager went on to spend three years in and out of hospital being tube fed.

At her worst, Brooke’s heart rate was 24 beats per minute …

Doctors were unable to take her blood pressure and at 175cm tall, she only weighed 37 kilograms.

A year into Brooke’s living with anorexia and an ice addiction, Ms Wilson completed the Live4Life initiative after being approached by two of her daughter’s concerned friends who had just completed the course.

She said it was the best investment she ever made.

Started by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the mental health promotion model, which began seven years ago, is aimed at reducing youth suicide in rural communities through its Youth Mental Health First Aid training.

Central to the program is increasing knowledge around understanding mental health and improving literacy about the topic.

Ms Wilson said her lack of understanding around mental illness and suicide prevention prior to her completing the course was in many ways a by-product of her generation.

Brooke turns 21 this year, her weight is fully restored and she has been two years clean of ice.

Her mother said she was living a “very normal life” and had just been accepted into nursing.

The Live4Life course will now be offered in other parts rural of Victoria.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-07/belle-gibson-costs-order-fake-cancer-case/8426030

Fake wellness blogger Belle Gibson has been ordered to pay $30,000 in prosecution costs, with a further six-figure penalty possible, in a case brought by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

Ms Gibson could be jailed if she fails to pay $30,000 in prosecution costs within 60 days, as ordered by the Federal Court.

Justice Debra Mortimer last month found the 25-year-old and her company Inkerman Road Nominees guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct.

The company, which has since shut down, made $420,000 from sales of The Whole Pantry cookbook and smart phone application.

Justice Mortimer said Ms Gibson may have been under “some kind of delusion” when she falsely claimed she cured her brain cancer through natural remedies, despite never having the disease.

She could be fined up to $220,000 and her company $1.1 million when a penalty is handed down at a later date.

Ms Gibson did not attend court hearings.

 



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