Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Children of affluent people more likely to suffer psychologicial problems

Rachel Browne They are young, rich and troubled and more are landing in psychologists' consulting rooms.

What young people fear most - and it's not the environment

Maddy Stedman, Fred Greer and Kamila May.

Rachel Browne FORGET trees. The biggest concern for the next generation is finding a job to support their families.

Charity offerings down but people power out in force

Poverty

Rachel Browne THE groups that support needy people at Christmas are doing it tough themselves this year with charity organisations saying donations have slumped compared with last December.

Unattractive side to new portrait of young people

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Rachel Browne A new portrait of young people shows they are better educated and smoking less but are increasingly overweight, using illicit drugs and drinking at risky levels.

First graduate of work skills program developed by TAFE and AFFORD

Lourdes Tabone.

Rachel Browne The Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) and TAFE NSW have developed the state's first work skills program to support employees with disability.

Blind woman Gisele Mesnage sues Coles over online shopping website

Coles

Rachel Browne Coles is facing a landmark claim following an allegation the supermarket giant's website does not provide adequately for visually impaired shoppers.

500,000 Australians suffer OCD but few seek help

Hand washing.

Rachel Browne Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a leading cause of disability in Australia, but few sufferers seek treatment due to the stigma and the cost and time involved.

States must set adoption targets, Barnardos Australia says

Rachel Browne Australia's leading child abuse charity is calling on the federal government to introduce targets to encourage the adoption of children from foster care.

Pick-up artist Julien Blanc forced out of Australia after Scott Morrison cancels visa

Julien Blanc

Rachel Browne Julien Blanc, self-described pick-up artist who promotes choking women, has visa cancelled and leaves Australia

Legal process will be easier but redress scheme for sex abuse victims in children's homes a long way off

Justice.

Rachel Browne For survivors of sexual abuse committed in state-run children's homes, the legal process will be simplified.

National Disability Insurance Agency 'saves' money by not spending

Rachel Browne The National Disability Insurance Agency underspent its budget by $18 million in the 2013-14 financial year, raising hope for people with disabilities who have missed out on funding.

Australian kids are at risk of poverty despite promising figures in the Global Financial Crisis

Rachel Browne Australia protected kids during the GFC but an expert warns against complacency.

Lump sum payment for sex abuse victims should come from government, institutions

Commissioner seeks to guarantee compensation: Justice Peter McClellan.

Rachel Browne Well-resourced institutions may have to foot the bill for child sexual abuse committed in other organisations which are unable to provide financial compensation for victims.

Pastor overlooked suspicions about paedophile son-in-law, inquiry told

Rachel Browne A Pentecostal pastor may have overlooked suspicions about his paedophile son-in-law because of their family relationship, a royal commission has heard.

Singles and renters most likely to be poor: new report

Rachel Browne A single person living in rental accommodation is at the greatest risk of severe financial hardship, according to a new report which looks at the causes and depth of poverty in Australia.

National campaign to end domestic violence launched

Rachel Browne An ambitious national program to end domestic violence will employ similar approaches to campaigns that have successfully reduced tobacco use and dangerous driving.

Tough new rules for South Africa travel may leave families stranded

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Rachel Browne Rules designed to stop child trafficking in South Africa require extra paperwork for children before they can enter or exit the country.

100,000 vulnerable children at risk of losing childcare spots

Rachel Browne Almost 100,000 children from low-income families might lose their childcare places if the government tightens work study requirements under the Productivity Commission's recommendations.

RAAF leads way as first breastfeeding-friendly military workplace

Breast Feeding on base. Department of Defence.  Bec Whittington, daughter of Corporal Kylie Whittington. Photo by Flight Lieutenant Rebecca Olsen.

Rachel Browne A growing number of employers are becoming breastfeeding-friendly workplaces with the Royal Australian Air Force becoming the latest organisation to become accredited.

Vi Robbins becomes Australia's oldest person

Vi Robbins

Rachel Browne It's been a long time coming but Randwick woman Vi Robbins is now the oldest person in Australia at 112 years of age.