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July, 2011


The latest health & medical reading from The Conversation

Thanks to Froncesca Jackson-Webb, for providing this update of the latest health and medical reading at The Conversation. From scraping by to pizza and pie: how protein price drives obesity By Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology; Director, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at the University of NSW For the first time ever, the number [...]

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Tackling the health issues left in the “too hard” basket: what can we learn from the US?

Public health policy consultant Margo Saunders has taken a look at some recent reports from the US Institute of Medicine, and considers some possible lessons for Australia. Margo Saunders writes: While progress on so many health issues in Australia seems to be frustratingly slow, the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) is charging head with a [...]

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Getting to the root causes of health problems: some local and international perspectives

As recently mentioned, there will be a health focus to a workshop on climate change in Melbourne this weekend that is being put on by the Green Institute. One of the speakers is Senator Richard Di Natale, the Greens health spokesperson, who writes below that we need to focus more on the underlying causes of [...]

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More reflections on health reform: so much more is needed

In the previous post, the University of Queensland’s Professor Philip Davies asked whether we’d been having “cappuccino-style” health reform – an approach focused on the milky froth of health sector institutions while leaving the underlying, thick, rich espresso of health care delivery largely untouched. Robert Wells, Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute [...]

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Is this “cappuccino-style” health reform? Marking an anniversary…

Tomorrow marks the 2nd anniversary of the release of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s final report, A healthier future for all Australians. For those whose memories have suffered under the subsequent onslaught of related documents, the report told us that there was a “compelling” case for reform, and that this should have three [...]

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A creative approach to engaging young people in discussions about organ donation

Kerrie Noonan and Peta Murray, from The GroundSwell Project, write: Recently we wrote about social media resources in palliative care and how The GroundSwell Project uses social media to share our projects, connect with collaborators and promote community engagement in end-of-life related topics. In our experience, social media is a great tool. However our latest [...]

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Should the public purse fund a procedure that “the best available evidence does not support”?

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist, writes: In recent years, hundreds of Australians have undergone a controversial procedure for spinal fractures associated with osteoporosis. The procedure, called vertebroplasty, involves placing a needle into the vertebra and injecting it with bone cement, to ‘fix’ the fracture, possibly by stopping the fragments of bone from [...]

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Action on climate change may also help our obesity problem

Malcolm Turnbull drew upon several health and medical analogies in his recent, widely-reported speech on climate change, in which he urged respect for science, and called for action to prevent the “enormous injustice” facing the world’s poorest people. “… the people in the world who will suffer the most cruelly will be the poorest and [...]

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A legacy of swine flu: guidelines for public health officials & journalists dealing with epidemics

During the swine flu pandemic, journalists in the US became concerned about inconsistencies in how jurisdictions handled the release of information about H1N1 cases and deaths. According to the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), the disparate approaches – with some jurisdictions releasing specific information about the age, gender and residence of victims and others [...]

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Evidence into policy: what works?

In Sydney tomorrow, Gary Banks, chairman of the Productivity Commission, is due to officially launch the Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research. Professor Sally Redman, the chief investigator of the Centre, explains below what it aims to do. *** Building an evidence base for informed health policy Professor Sally Redman writes: [...]

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