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MICHELLE HUGHES | October 22, 2014 | EBOLA | |

An AusMAT deployment to fight ebola – How and why

Thus far the federal government has resisted calls for Australia to send assistance other than funding to fight the growing ebola crisis in West Africa citing an inability to guarantee treatment for infected personnel close by. In this open letter  visiting Professor Larry Hollingworth CBE, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University, New York explains that, while evacuation routes for patients are required, in AusMAT,  Australia has the means and expertise to make a difference.

Professor Hollingworth writes:

I believe there is considerable debate in Australia about the barriers to deploying AusMAT teams to West Africa.  As someone who has trained many AusMAT leaders and worked with some, I wish with respect to add my commentary to this issue.

This is my independent view.

I write simply as a humanitarian.

In my years as a humanitarian worker I have never heard the strength of language currently being used from Governments, UN, WHO, prominent NGOs and workers on the ground. We will have a crisis of unimaginable consequences if the world does not act now. We remember crises like Rwanda, where hundreds of thousands died whilst the world watched. In the countries affected by ebola public health care has been severely tested.  Care for ‘day to day’ illnesses such as malaria, pneumonia, and gastroenteritis is limited by resources diverted to the ebola response

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MICHELLE HUGHES | October 22, 2014 | HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES | |

Creating change in government to address the social determinants of health: What can we do better?

Finding the mechanisms for governments to effectively consider health impacts across the policy spectrum has thus far proven elusive. In this research Dr Gemma Carey, Brad Crammond and Robyn Keast argue that the current mechanisms for cross government working are inappropriate or inadequate.   Fortunately they also provide guidance on building the appropriate supportive architecture [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | October 21, 2014 | HEALTH FINANCING AND COSTS | 1 |

Gough Whitlam’s life and legacy: experts respond

Many thanks to The Conversation for allowing us to repost this overview of the legacy of Gough Whitlam.

By Richard Holden, UNSW Australia Business School; Anne-marie Boxall, University of Sydney; Diana Perche; Hannah Forsyth, Australian Catholic University; Ian Lowe, Griffith University; Joanna Mendelssohn; Jo Caust, University of Melbourne; Margaret McKenzie, Deakin University; Mark Beeson, Murdoch University, and Veronica Sheen, Monash University

Gough Whitlam, Labor prime minister from 1972 to 1975, has died aged 98. A giant of modern Australian politics, his passing triggered a flood of tributes on Tuesday morning.

In a statement, current Labor leader Bill Shorten said:

Like no other PM before or since, Gough Whitlam redefined our country and in doing so he changed the lives of a generation … Our country is different because of him.

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MICHELLE HUGHES | October 21, 2014 | HEALTH & MEDICAL MARKETING | |

In brief: ACCC calls for public reporting of payments to doctors

It seems that the relationship that doctors have with pharmaceutical companies is under increasing scrutiny.  As evidence mounts on the impact of pharmaceutical marketing techniques on prescribing, there is an increasing push for transparency. While the No Advertising Please campaign of doctors banning pharmaceutical reps from their practices is newly underway, the pharmaceutical companies may [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 20, 2014 | RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH | |

Love rural? What WAS that all about…

Each year, the National Rural Health Alliance holds a “CouncilFest”, an event of many parts, including an opportunity for engaging in some policy development and advocacy. During the recent CouncilFest, many Croakey readers may have noticed an avalanche of photos on Twitter of people walking the Canberra halls of power wearing “Love rural” T-shirts. In [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 20, 2014 | HEALTH WORKFORCE | |

I Heart My People: some stories from behind the scenes

I Heart My People is a three-part documentary series on NITV (Weds 9.30pm), following several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and emergency professionals. Below are some of their stories (as provided by SBS). *** Stanley Ozies – Remote Aboriginal Health Worker, Derby I’m a Senior Aboriginal Health Worker at the Derby Aboriginal Health Service [...]

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FRANCES GILHAM | October 18, 2014 | AIDA CONFERENCE 2014 | |

The Health Wrap: Mental Health Week; medical pressure points; standing up for public health

By Frances Gilham Primary Health Network boundaries announced The boundaries for the new Primary Health Networks have been announced – slimmed-down networks proposed by the Coalition in this year’s Budget to replace Medicare Locals. Medical Observer reported the federal government saying it was committed to having the Primary Health Networks up and running by 1 [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 18, 2014 | CHRONIC DISEASES | |

Laughter yoga and Zumba – helping people with chronic kidney disease

Rosemary Cadden reports from the CRANAplus conference in Melbourne:  Far from assuming that people on dialysis are too sick to do physical exercise, Associate Professor Paul Bennett, from Monash Health and Deakin University, says Zumba and laughter yoga should be high on the health regime for people with chronic kidney disease. “It won’t cure kidney disease, but it [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 18, 2014 | CRANAPLUS CONFERENCE 2014 | 2 |

Hearing from the nurses who have seen the toll of Ebola up close and personal

“We need to go there and support them, and stop the hysterics”: this was the clear message from a session at the CRANAplus conference in Melbourne on Friday, which heard from two Australian nurses who have recently returned from deployments to West Africa. *** “We cry at night and work during the day” Rosemary Cadden [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | October 17, 2014 | EBOLA | 25 |

A letter to the first person to die of Ebola in the US, from Rob Oakeshott

“Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, was not the right kind of victim for the west” – because he was black, poor and African. This argument is made by black feminist writer Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopiennesays) in an article in The Guardian, titled The problem with the west’s [...]

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