Last month Thomas Frieden, Director for the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention published an article that will be of interest to many Croakey readers in the American Journal of Public Health. Six Components Necessary for Effective Public Health Program Implementation collates what is known about effective public health program implementation and challenges to same. [...]READ MORE
Eco-Health symposium to put focus on collective learning, transformational change and health for all
As the ramifications of environmental destruction and climate change become ever-more evident, it is clear that transformational change is needed if there is to be a healthy future for the planet and all who dwell upon it. The role of collective learning in achieving transformational social change will be up for discussion at a three-day eco-health [...]READ MORE
That’s the word from a meeting held in Perth recently which focused on the thing that seemed absent from the Liberal’s agenda prior to the September election: Aboriginal health.
Des Martin (pictured above), Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, a peak body representing 20 of that state’s Aboriginal Medical Services, says there is truth in that statement because this is the first time Aboriginal people have been so close to the top of the political agenda. Des Martin wrote this report from the recent National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation’s Members Meeting:READ MORE
Tackling dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: a personal story of loss and transformation
The challenges of dementia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities were highlighted in a powerful and deeply personal presentation to the recent Closing the Credibility Gap symposium in Melbourne. The symposium also heard of a range of resources available to help people find relevant information and resources, reports Marie McInerney, a journalist [...]READ MORE
ADCA’s patron Ian Webster AO is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He has held senior appointments in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine as well as Monash, Sheffield and Sydney Universities. A member of the National Mental Health Commission, he still works as a consultant physician in the South Western Sydney and Shoalhaven areas.
Jeannie Little OAM, an Aboriginal elder from far north Queensland, is a member of the ADCA Board of Directors. She trained as a nurse and has for many years been involved in community health and wellbeing initiatives around Australia. A traditional owner of the country around Mapoon on western Cape York, she chairs ADCA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group.
People from two such disparate backgrounds may have many different points of view, but their commitment to public health and wellbeing unites them in their disbelief at the Federal Government’s treatment of the organisation to which they are so committed. Their thoughts follow:
Over nearly half a century representing the alcohol and other drugs sector as the national peak, ADCA has never resiled from its commitment to laying the facts on the line when asked by a government to contribute to policy discussions. The ADCA viewpoint may have ruffled a few feathers on occasions but it was never based on anything other than carefully researched fact.READ MORE
Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King adds her voice to the criticism of the Government’s decision to axe ADCA. She writes: The Abbott Government’s knee-capping last week of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council (ADCA) is more than a blow to how we deal with one of our most challenging problems. It shows a worrying [...]READ MORE
“It is like the chicken talking to the duck”: health literacy conference participants call for a user-friendly health system
This is the final report from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. It covers: Gaps in services for cancer patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. A consumer health advocate’s call for more responsive health services. Feedback from conference participants, including advice for health professionals to “stop telling and start [...]READ MORE
The Croakey Conference Reporting Service’s last post from the Health Workforce Australia Conference details how the development of a culturally inclusive, interdisciplinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum framework is contributing to closing the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. A Health Workforce Australia (HWA) project [...]READ MORE
A group of physicians is attempting to block proposed governance changes to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), due to be voted on tomorrow. These changes have been proposed by the current RACP Board of Directors and include changing its size from 19 to nine Directors and its structure from a Board of ex-officio representative Directors to a largely skills-based Board. Seven of the nine Directors will be RACP members, with two community representatives.READ MORE
Dr Deborah Gleeson describes her struggle to put health issues on the agenda of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. Deb will be in Singapore representing the PHAA during the meeting – follow her progress via Twitter @DrDebGleeson. She writes:
This week I’m heading to Singapore for a meeting to which I’m not invited. Trade ministers from twelve countries will gather from 7-10 December for the last scheduled meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. I’ll be hovering at the margins, hoping for an audience. Why? There’s a lot at stake. The future of many aspects of our health system – and those of other countries around the Pacific Rim – hangs in the balance. So too do the lives of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people.
It was around two and a half years ago when I first heard reports that Australia was engaged in trade negotiations that could result in harm to our health. I heard that the United States was proposing rules for the Trans Pacific Partnership that would raise the cost of medicines and that could give new rights to big transnational corporations such as tobacco companies to sue our government over its public health policies. Few people seemed to be aware of what was being proposed.READ MORE