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Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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The digital platform saving Indigenous languages from extinction

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 25th March 2019 -  There are only two people left in the Torres Strait Islands who are fluent in the native Erub Mer dialect, and many fear the language will soon disappear entirely. But a digital platform is fighting to change that.  

Tackling the wider problem of trauma

Changemaker

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 25th March 2019 -  Admiral Chris Barrie AC is the chairman of FearLess, a charity fighting to help the one million Australians living with post-traumatic stress disorder and shine a spotlight on the disorder which affects more people than you might think. He is this week’s Changemaker.

US finance giant is preparing the world for the future of work

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 25th March 2019 -  A multimillion dollar philanthropic initiative is aiming to close the gap on global tech and digital skills, and broaden career pathways for underserved communities.  

The kaleidoscope effect

A Lighter Note

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 22nd March 2019 -  Victorian artists with disability are breaking down barriers to inclusion and launching careers by showing their artworks over the next month, as part of the annual Kaleidoscope Exhibition in Melbourne.

Free speech fears as anti-protest laws re-enter Tasmanian Parliament

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 21st March 2019 -  Sector leaders fear the rewriting of tough Tasmanian anti-protest laws could still threaten free speech and public protests, as the bill is tabled in a newly resumed state parliament this week.

Disability advocates gear up to fight for more than the NDIS

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 -  Australia’s disability policy beyond 2020 must focus on more than the National Disability Insurance Scheme and actually be implemented, advocates say in the lead up to a community consultation period to shape policy for the next 10 years.  

Rural volunteers in crisis

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 -  Rural Western Australian volunteers are under immense stress, and receive little government support despite being the “lifeblood” of most communities, new research has found.

Claims UK religious charities are fracturing society prompts Australian discussion

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 18th March 2019 -  A UK report calling into question religious charities that promote beliefs that don’t align with British values and opinion, has sparked discussion among Australian charity experts over the role and position of such organisations.

Calls for stricter charity approval process

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 18th March 2019 -  Fundraisers are calling for a deceleration on new charity approvals, saying the hundreds of new organisations being registered each month is resulting in more competition for funding, and causing confusion among funders on where best to spend money.  

Figuring out the protein problem

Changemaker

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 18th March 2019 -  Thomas King is the CEO of Food Frontier, a not for profit that helps food manufacturers and entrepreneurs get into the business of making plant-based and cell-based meat alternatives. He’s this week’s Changemaker.

Therapy chickens bring joy to aged care home

A Lighter Note

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 15th March 2019 -  A pet chicken might sound like an unusual choice of a therapy pet, but staff at a Brisbane aged care home are hopeful some new clucky arrivals will help fight off loneliness and depression in their residents.

Budget Boost Promised for Avoidable Blindness in Pacific

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 13th March 2019 -  Foreign aid groups have welcomed a $32 million commitment by Labor for an avoidable blindness fund, which they hope will restore foreign aid cuts by the federal government over the past four years.  
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