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MELISSA SWEET | October 01, 2014 | CLIMATE CHANGE | |

Sowing the seeds for climate justice

First Nations youth will be meeting in Melbourne this weekend, and showing leadership in the fight for climate justice, reports Amelia Telford, a Bundjalung woman, who is the Indigenous Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. *** Amelia Telford writes: Last week, thousands of people hit the streets for the world’s largest climate mobilisation. Just [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 01, 2014 | CLIMATE CHANGE | |

Climate change. Is the growing momentum for action enough to prevent this bleak future?

As recently reported at Croakey, these past weeks have brought an increased momentum in global efforts to tackle climate change – although the image below is a reminder that Australia is dragging the chain, at so many levels. Public health expert Associate Professor Peter Sainsbury, who recently returned to Australia after attending a series of [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 01, 2014 | AIDA CONFERENCE 2014 | |

Health cuts and education deregulation: critical issues for Indigenous doctors

Members of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association are gathering in Melbourne today for the start of their annual conference, at a time of great uncertainty for Indigenous health and Indigenous doctors. In previewing the conference, AIDA president Dr Tammy Kimpton raises concerns about the impact of the Federal Government’s plans for deregulation of higher education. Dr Kimpton, [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | September 30, 2014 | FEDERAL BUDGET 2014-15 | |

A call to make better use of nurses in the primary healthcare workforce

With tenders for the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs) due to be called before too long, there is considerable speculation and uncertainty about how the new organisations will shape up. Nurses must have a central role in these new primary healthcare teams, says Kathy Bell, CEO of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).  **** [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | September 29, 2014 | EBOLA | |

A desperate call-out to the nation’s cartoonists: the Ebola crisis needs you

The juxtaposition of these two stories on The Guardian’s website speaks volumes. As previously noted at Croakey, the Australian Government appears to have its head stuck firmly in the sand when it comes to responding appropriately to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Desperate times call for desperate measures – when considered public health advice [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | September 29, 2014 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

The Koori Woman: Sharing stories of pain, and of strength (trigger alert)

Kelly Briggs writes: My first suicide attempt was when I was still a teenager. I had been in a serious relationship that had ended badly, included domestic violence and drastically reduced my self-esteem. When the relationship ended I was jubilant to the point of ecstasy. It wasn’t until months later that a depressive downward spiral [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | September 27, 2014 | CLIMATE CHANGE | 7 |

Paying tribute to Professor Tony McMichael: one of the world’s public health champions

(This post was updated on 28, 29, and 30 Sept) Tributes are pouring in from around the world for the late Professor Tony McMichael AO, who was internationally recognised for his pioneering work in environmental health, particularly in climate change and health. Professor Emeritus of Population Health at the ANU, he died early on Friday 26 September [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | September 26, 2014 | CLIMATE CHANGE | |

On climate change. What’s changed?

“There is a sense that change is in the air. Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | September 26, 2014 | EBOLA | |

What will it take to turn the “Ebola Fiasco” into a hot crisis?

The Australian Government is under mounting pressure to step up its response to the international “Ebola Fiasco” – which US President Obama has described as a “growing threat to regional and global security” (read his comments at the UN in full here). New modelling from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | September 25, 2014 | PUBLIC HEALTH | |

Concerns about the future of public health in Tasmania (& some killer tweets)

Wonky Health columnist Dr Tim Senior is quite the wordsmith, as per this recent tweet: Meanwhile, another of Senior’s recent tweets prompted public health consultant Miriam Herzfeld to sound the alarm below about budgetary threats to the work of the public health sector in Tasmania. *** Miriam Herzfeld writes: I acknowledge Tim Senior for prompting [...]

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