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MELISSA SWEET | August 05, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | |

Western Australia: wake up to yourself #JustJustice

Comments by the Chief Justice of Western Australia and associated media reports reveal a simplistic, unhelpful view of the complex factors contributing to the over-incarceration of Aboriginal people, according to public health practitioner Summer May Finlay. Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, a member of the #JustJustice team, and a PhD candidate, suggests that, rather than [...]

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Nurse Practitioners: Challenges and Opportunities 2015 and Beyond

Primary health care is on the agenda with the release today by the Government of an options discussion paper ‘Better outcomes for people living Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care’.  The paper was developed by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, led by former AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton.  While the paper [...]

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A shout out to health professionals: act now for a cool planet

The medical profession has taken a lead role in many respects on climate change and environmental issues but there is still scope for more to be done. In the following piece, Dr Sujata Allan, argues that doctors have both a responsibility and a unique role in play in advocating for greater action to combat climate [...]

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KELLIE BISSET | August 03, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

The Health Wrap: GST hike for health funding, a racism-free future, technology-ethics tensions, plain packaging pain

                This week’s Health Wrap has been compiled by my colleague Ellice Mol – Digital Communications Manager at the Sax Institute. By Ellice Mol Nation-wide health funding dilemmas As Federal, State and Territory leaders came together this past fortnight, NSW Premier Mike Baird called for an increase in the [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | August 02, 2015 | CONFLICTS OF INTEREST | |

Pension funds pressure pharma companies to disclose trial data

The AllTrials campaign had a big win recently when a group of 85 asset managers and pension funds said that they would request that the pharmaceutical companies they invest in declare their clinical trial data. This campaign calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their full methods and summary results [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | August 02, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Learn from “one of the best examples in the world of a comprehensive primary healthcare service”

Amongst other things, the Third National Aboriginal Health Summit in Darwin last week provided some examples of how the wider primary healthcare sector can learn so much from the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. Presentations reviewing the history of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) highlighted the [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 31, 2015 | ALCOHOL | 3 |

Public health must get over its conceit and find a voice. So there!

Public health advocates need to get over the conceit that their work will inspire political action simply because it is worthy, according to Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and guest tweeter this past week at @WePublicHealth. In the article below, he explains some of the background to a new campaign, [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 31, 2015 | GLOBAL HEALTH | |

The medical aftermath of a day that changed the world: The Fallout

Paul Smith, deputy editor of Australian Doctor, writes: Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Some 80,000 people, the vast majority civilians, were killed instantly. At Australian Doctor we thought the bomb was worth writing about. So that is what we’ve done, with The Fallout - a multi-media project we’ve made [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 31, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | 1 |

Health organisations join those taking a stand against racism. #IStandWithAdam

It is important that health organisations are listed among those who have signed the statement below, taking a stand against the racism directed against prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. It is important because the health impacts of racism are too often ignored in public debate, and because the health [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 30, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Nine questions about the state of public health in Victoria: #HealthyPolitics

As recently previewed at Croakey, a public forum in Melbourne this week highlighted some critical questions about the public health challenges facing Victoria. Marie McInerney was there to provide the report below for the Croakey Conference News Service. *** Marie McInerney writes:  It would have been – as suggested by forum moderator Michael Moore, CEO [...]

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