Vol 5 No 1 (2023)

Published: 2023-08-14

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Page 278-288

Poverty for profit: Comparing the former Australian Coalition Federal Government's representations of Coronavirus Supplement and Cashless Debit Card recipients

blankpage Tom Griffiths, Christine Morley

This paper reports key findings of a critical discourse analysis (CDA) that compares the dominant constructions of both groups of welfare recipients. A total of 17 artefacts from the former ACFG press engagement were analysed. It should be noted that as of 6 March 2023, the Labor Federal Government replaced the CDC with the mostly voluntary SmartCard (remaining involuntary in the Northern Territory, as well as Cape York and Doomadgee in Queensland) (Department of Social Services (DSS) 2023). However, the findings of this study remain instructive, as they highlight hostile and anti-welfare recipient discourses that problematise individuals receiving social security payments evident in many Western Anglophone countries  and point to the importance of promoting critical literacy among policy makers, the helping professions, and society generally.

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Page 271-277

Trajectory model of adherence to cervical cancer treatment in central Mexico during the COVID-19 era

blankpage Felipe de Jesús Vilchis Mora, María Luisa Quintero Soto, Miguel Bautista Miranda, Sonia Sugey Vélez Báez, Javier Carreon Guillen, Sofia López de Nava Tapia, Jorge Hernández valdes, Cruz García Lirios

Background: Cervical Uterine Cancer is a disease that explains the vulnerability in which women find themselves in terms of reproductive health with an impact on occupational health and public health, even though in Mexico the prevalence rate is lower than the other member countries. of the OECD, its impact on Human Development and Local Development shows the importance that the disease has in communities more than in cities where prevention policies through check-ups and medical examinations seem to stop the trend, but they show the lack opportunities and capabilities of health centers in rural areas.
Target: To establish the reliability, validity and correlations between the variables reported in the literature with respect to their weighting in a public hospital.
Method:  A non-experimental, cross-sectional, and exploratory study was carried out with a non-probabilistic selection of 104 patients from a public hospital in the State of Mexico. The Scale of Psychosocial Variables Determining Adherence to Treatment of Cervical Cancer was constructed.
Results:  From a structural model [χ2 = 490.330 (28 df) p = 0.000; GFI = 0.927; CFI = 0.970; RMSEA = 0.003] the fit of the trajectories of determinant relationships in which knowledge influenced treatment adherence behavior was demonstrated (β = 0.50).
Conclusion:  The limits of the design, sampling and analysis of the study are noted, and it is recommended to include organizational and psychological variables based on theories of organizations and theories of personality.

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Adapting to change during the pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on people living with HIV, and their coping strategies

blankpage Tam Chipawe Cane

Background: COVID-19 lockdowns led to people living with HIV experiencing lack of social connectedness, social isolation, difficulties with using technology and accessing health care and support services easily. The presented study sought to understand the challenges caused by COVID-19 and coping strategies.  Methods: The study was conducted using focus groups with nineteen participants. Participants lost social connectedness, struggled to learn technology, and felt isolated in the absence of face to face peer support activities provided by HIV community support services. Participants employed a range of positive coping strategies including appreciation of the outdoors and volunteering. Conclusion: People living with value social contact and face-face support offered through HIV voluntary sector organisations. The absence of this led to compromised social and emotional wellbeing. This focus group-based research with provision of communal lunch however, played a part in addressing isolation, appreciation of social contact and limiting the psychological impact caused by COVID-19 lockdowns.