The readership figures for Croakey for 2014 (including the top 25 reads) have been posted here. In short, in 2014, Croakey had: 395,393 pageviews 285, 141 sessions, and 175,844 users. For the sake of comparison, in 2013, there were: 368,668 page views 266, 924 sessions, and 164, 702 users. On this day of #CroakeyThanks, I [...]READ MORE
The World Health Organization has urged nations to strengthen the capacity of their public health workforces, as one of a raft of recommendations aimed at reducing the toll of noncommunicable diseases. However, the recommendation, in the WHO’s latest report on noncommunicable diseases, must sound rather hollow for those who have followed the shrinkage of the [...]READ MORE
We know, thanks to Twitter, that our new Health Minister Sussan Ley has been consulting with some medical groups as part of her commitment to “undertake wide ranging consultation”. But is she also hearing from some of the other parties with relevant expertise – like consumer and community representatives, health policy and public health experts, [...]READ MORE
Andrew Wilson writes: It’s a sign of how much has changed in a few years that health has barely featured in the Queensland election campaign, despite being one of the issues that voters still say they care most about.
That doesn’t mean that everything has gone smoothly in Queensland health over the past three years. But after the health controversies that dogged the previous Labor government, the fact that the issue has slipped out of the spotlight ahead of the January 31 poll is a sign of improvement.
Interestingly, the current Liberal National government and Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, as well as the previous Labor government in certain areas, all deserve to share [...]READ MORE
The use of ‘locked wards’ in acute mental health services is not backed by evidence and is associated with greater risk of patient self-harm and increased violence and aggression, according to a new analysis by UTS researcher Jon Wardle. Wardle suggests that Queensland Government support for locked wards policies may be in breach of the [...]READ MORE
Nathan Appo writes: I’m an Indigenous man from Innisfail living in Brisbane and I love Australia. This year I will celebrate #SurvivalDay in recognition that Aboriginal people of Australia have overcome genocide, imprisonment, have had our country taken from us, and yet remain to be the longest known living culture in the world. I will [...]READ MORE
Domestic violence is occurring at shocking levels across Australia, in this post Betty argues that it is time for focus and policy solutions in Queensland.
Well the Queensland election is now in full swing with both major and minor parties out on the hustings with promises and counter promises announced daily. Asset sales/ leases, new roads, schools, extra teachers, extra nurses, gas & coal mining, saving the Barrier Reef and a plethora of other issues.
Our leaders are busy I know but I can’t accept that no-one has mentioned domestic and family violence and the fact that three Queensland women and one man have been killed in the first three weeks of 2015. This together with another four women killed across Australia and we have a national tragedy. Seven women killed in three weeks and no-one is talking about it.READ MORE
As the rest of Australia watches with interest to see what verdict Queenslanders will give the Newman government, the battle for votes has left our northern neighbours with some huge issues to consider in a short amount of time. In this post Sue Cooke, provides food for thought on the key issues of health and climate change.
Sue is a Brisbane based educator, health promoter and climate activist, who has post-graduate qualifications in public health, education and environmental change. Previously a policy adviser in the health and education sectors, she is an occasional lecturer in climate change and public health.
In uncertain times, the natural desire is for a “strong leader”. Populist messages promising strength and clear direction are deeply appealing. Campbell Newman and his colleagues are counting on Queenslanders buying this message, if the bombardment of messages on “strength” and promises to deliver just what we want is anything to go by. No doubt it is the best advertising our money can buy.READ MORE
Lesley Russell writes: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has emerged from the recent brouhaha over the Abbott government’s proposed Medicare reforms as both a winner in the protection of doctors’ incomes and an apparent champion of the affordability of health care for patients. [...]READ MORE
This week a report on global wealth from Oxfam is making headlines ahead of the World Economic Forum. The report states that the world’s 80 richest people now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. If you think that sort of inequality is not an issue here, consider that in Australia the richest 1% now own the same amount as the bottom 60%. Many thanks to the Conversation for allowing us to republish this piece on the senate report on inequality in Australia that was tabled in December 2014.
Bridging our growing divide: Inequality in Australia is an important report tabled without fanfare in the Senate by its Community Affairs References Committee. The report is clearly argued and well-buttressed by data and references. The points it makes about an issue central to the kind of society we are developing in Australia deserve wide community discussion.READ MORE