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Beekeepers traumatised and counselled after hearing animals screaming in pain after bushfires

Beekeepers checking on hives are some of the first people into fire-ravaged forests, and are not prepared for the traumatic sights and sounds of wounded and suffering animals.

NSW Apiarists Association president Stephen Targett said the situation in north-eastern NSW was “truly devastating” to beekeepers and extremely traumatic.

“It’s doing their heads in, the screaming animals, the animals that are in pain, that are crying out in the forest, it’s absolutely horrific,” Mr Targett said.

“One beekeeper employs some young people and it has really traumatised them.

“So the beekeeper has arranged counselling for these young beekeepers who went into the forest and he won’t allow them back into the forest for a period of time.

Concern for mental health

The impact of the drought and now bushfires has worn beekeepers down.

More than a million hectares has burnt in NSW since the start of this year’s bushfire season, with hives and key foraging country for bees burnt out.

Peter Matthison from Elands, south-west of Port Macquarie, estimated he had lost 70 per cent of his hives and 90 per cent of the sites he used for his bees.

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-20/beekeepers-traumatised-by-screaming-animals-after-bushfires/11721756?

Photo: Countless hives and millions of bees have been lost in NSW bushfires. (Supplied: Australia’s Manuka)

Interview: Ex-transgender woman speaks out about gender reassignment surgery regret (Sky News Aus)

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Former transgender woman Peter Benjamin has told Sky News host Andrew Bolt about how he came to regret a decision to transition from male to female, causing him to return to life as a man.

Under 16s should be allowed irreversible transgender surgery against wishes of parents & no mandatory counselling – Australian Psychological ­Society

From theaustralian.com.au

Children under 16 should be allowed to go ahead with irreversible transgender surgery against the wishes of both parents and without mandatory counselling, the Australian Psychological ­Society says.

As recently as last year, Family Court approval was needed for this surgery, notwithstanding ­parents and doctors all agreeing it would help an under-age ­patient suffering psychological distress about “being born in the wrong body”.

In an unpublished law reform submission, the peak body representing 24,000 psychologists says opposition of both parents should not stand in the way of a child under 16 consenting to surgery, such as a double mastectomy, as long as the doctors are “competent” in assessing the child’s cap­acity to make decisions.

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https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/ignore-the-wishes-of-transgender-kids-parents-say-psychologists/news-story/d0a077b4d088bdb90d8544357f5eff3c?fbclid=IwAR3N9XuRlySQg7fO9fLDP3bGhV7AhbTZ9putGI7l89-WWdQptpQyHTcPRvY

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