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Red Cross helps asylum seekers escape domestic violence

  • 10 January 2022. SMH, Brisbane Times, The Age, WA Today reports on pilot program helping temporary visa holders escape violent homes.

Helping young parents reach their potential

  • 9 January 2022. The work of the Red Cross Young Parents Program highlighted in SMH.

Red Cross doctor treats asylum seekers rescued off coast of Libya

  • 4 January 2022. Australian Red Cross aid worker Dr Janet Hall spent her Christmas onboard the Ocean Viking. She spoke to Radio National about the rescue of more than 100 people .

Humanitech aims to use smart technology to tackle humanitarian issues 

  • 25 December 2021. SBS radio explains how Humanitech, powered by Red Cross, will work with tech companies to address biggest issues facing humanity.

Red Cross continues to help Black Summer fire survivors two years on

  • 28 December 2021. News Corp reports on how Red Cross continues to help families rebuild after the 2019 devastating bushfires.

Supporting families from Afghanistan

  • 12 December 2021. The West Australian spoke to families who fled Afghanistan and are making a new life for themselves in Perth.

PNG COVID Delta outbreak

  • 13 December, 2021. Adrian Prouse, Head of Humanitarian International Programs, talks to The Guardian Australia about his concerns over PNG and possibility of new COVID variants due to low vaccination rates. 
  • 13 December 2021. ABC's Pacific Beat focuses on Red Cross efforts to get PPE to PNG. (timecode 26:16)

Red Cross teaches first aid to farmers on remote NSW properties

  • 9 December 2021. ABC's Country Hour popped along to a first aid course for farmers. These skills become a matter of life or death when you work in the middle of nowhere. 

Red Cross urges people to reach out and connect over the festive season

  •  7 December 2021. Channel Seven's Sunrise program chatted to Red Cross's Poppy Brown about how people are feeling in the lead up to the festive season, and the importance of social connections.
  • 7 December 2021. ABC TV News speaks to Director of Voluntering Penny Harrison about loneliness and what people can do to help.
  • 8 December 2021. ABC News takes a look at different ways you can connect with people as rates of lonelines increase across Australia. 
  • 10 December, 2021. The Project talks about loneliness during Festive Season with John Richardson 

Elijah to lead our work supporting migrants

  • 21 November 2021. The Brisbane Times reports on the appointment of Elijah Buol, respected community leader and former child refugee to lead our work supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Queensland. 

When the kindest person you could meet quietly notches up a milestone

  • 14 November 2021. The Nine group of papers including the Brisbane Times reports on our amazing longest serving staff member. 

Climate Change and the displacement of people

  • 19 October 2021. Climate change and natural disasters foce millions of people to flee their homelands every year. SBS news reports that in the lead-up the COP26, Red Cross migration expert Jess Van Son and Samoan Red Cross Secretary-General Tala Mauala warn of the grave humanitarian impacations of climate migration.  

Emergency Ready Week

  • 21 September 2021, How are the compounding disasters hitting Australians? ABC Life Matters discussion with Red Cross legends Kate Brady and Rob Gordon on our survey about living through multiple disasters. And some helpful strategies on dealing with overlapping disasters.  
  • 21 September 2021, A new Red Cross study finds just how much living through disasters and overlapping ones are affecting Australians' mental health. One woman’s story and more on our survey at ABC online

Afghanistan appeal

Restoring Family Links

  • 29 August 2021, ABC online, How Red Cross and a radio reconnected a family torn apart by conflict

Red Cross releases 18-month report on bushfire fund

  • 23 August 2021, ABC online - Red Cross allocates 93 per cent of $242 million donated by public after Black Summer fires
  • 23 August 2021, - Red Cross reveals what it has done with $242 million in bushfire donations

Our people 

  • 3AW's Great Australian Lives - Rose Rhodes talks about growing up in Malaysia, her work as a nurse and experiences in disaster zones. Rose Rhodes is Chair of the South Australian Divisional Advisory Board, Australian Red Cross.
  • SA Life magazine - Rose Rhodes has coordinated disaster relief and worked in remote communities. By sharing her story she hopes to inspire others to get involved in humanitarian causes. Rose Rhodes is Chair of the South Australian Divisional Advisory Board, Australian Red Cross.
  • The Project -  Nazli Hocaoglu shares the experiences of communities living on the frontlines of the Delta outbreak, from her home in Sydney's south west. Nazli is a an Australian Red Cross Board member. 
  • ABC News Breakfast - Nazli Hocaoglu shares the experiences of communities living on the frontlines of the Delta outbreak, from her home in Sydney's south west. 
  • 3AW’s Great Australian Lives - Board member Cris Topfner-Rigby shared her remarkable story of determination, hardship and endurance and ultimately a story of hope and inspiration. In 1990 just months after the fall of the CeauČ™escu regime in Romania – she found herself with just 48 hours to say goodbye to everything she knew, her home and family and flee to the West. Some three decades later she pays tribute to organisations like the Red Cross who were so instrumental in helping her establish a new life in Australia.

Community Visitors Scheme

  • The Project - More than 300-thousand people in Australia live in aged care homes and up to 40 per cent never receive visitors. Red Cross is tackling the problem with a 'buddy program', aimed at reducing loneliness and social isolation. 

More success for Red Cross Prison program

Domestic emergencies

  • ABC News Breakfast - Red Cross consultant and psychologist Dr Rob Gordon speaks to ABC News Breakfast about anxiety during the ongoing pandemic, with millions of people in lockdown across Australia.

  • Australian Community Media - Opinion piece Andrew Coghlan, Red Cross head of emergency services - The Pandemic is not over: hardest hit need more support [paywall].

  • Channel Nine News Melbourne - Red Cross Emergency Services Manager Kate Siebert explains the work of volunteers in the Dandenongs after ferocious storms left thousands of homes without power and water.

  • 3AW - Red Cross warns recovery from Victoria’s severe storm will be complex.

Refugee Week 2021

  • ABC online - It took Michael 10 years to reach Australia. Now this refugee devotes his life to helping others.
    ABC online - Queensland restaurateur Ken Duong's life is happy, successful and far from the brutality he fled as a child.