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October, 2011


The pharma industry is also distributing The Australian’s health series…

Further to the recent discussions about the Medicines Australia sponsorship of The Australian’s series, the Health of the Nation… Medicines Australia has now confirmed that as part of the arrangements with News Ltd, they have 20,000 copies of the Health of the Nation magazine to distribute. A spokesman said: “We are distributing them among our [...]

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Climate change and rural health: a GP’s call for action, plus an update on recent studies

Rural health issues are likely to be in the news thanks to a conference starting in Alice Springs today, hosted by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Perhaps any discussions about rural health should also be contemplating the impact of climate change – that’s the [...]

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Adam Cresswell responds to concerns about Medicines Australia’s deal with The Australian

Adam Cresswell, the health editor at The Australian, responds to recent comments at Crikey and Croakey, about the newspaper’s Health of the Nations series that was sponsored by Medicines Australia. Adam Cresswell writes: The most remarkable aspect of the criticisms of The Australian’s recent Health of the Nation series  is that few of the individuals [...]

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Watch this space….

Just to let you know that Croakey (and the other Crikey blogs) will be offline for a while (down-time scheduled from 10pm tonight til 10am tomorrow) while some renovations are done on our “back-end”, as the IT people say…

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US wants to give pharma more power over our medicines policy

Meanwhile, while we’re on the subject of pharma-power (as per previous posts), the article below suggests that the US is attempting to use trade negotiations to influence medicines policy in Australia. Dr Deborah Gleeson writes: Leaked documents from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations currently underway in Peru show the US is seeking to [...]

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Conflicts of interest: the issue goes on, and on….

As mentioned at the previous post and in an article in today’s Crikey bulletin, the related issues of conflicts of interest and pharma marketing are a fertile field for investigation by researchers and journalists. You can get some sense of this from the list of recent articles in this conflicts of interest document. This compilation [...]

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Concerns raised about pharma-sponsored health journalism at The Australian

(Additional comments are being added to the bottom of this post as they land) As you may have seen, The Australian has been running articles and video clips about health policy in a series called “Health of the Nation”, sponsored by The Australian Medicines Industry, an initiative of Medicines Australia. The series culminated in a [...]

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How can health reform help Aboriginal and Islander health: a practical vision

A vision for Aboriginal and Islander health reform in Queensland was recently launched at Qld Parliament House, with the support of the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships, Curtis Pitt. In the article below, Selwyn Button, CEO of the Qld Aboriginal & Islander Health Council, explains some of the background to A Blueprint [...]

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The financial crisis and what it means for peoples’ health

With the European financial crisis in the headlines, let’s not forget that these are important matters for peoples’ health, as well as the world’s bank balances. A US study tracking people older than 50, published last week in the American Journal of Public Health underlines the link between financial stress and health. It found those [...]

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Your thoughts on the good and bad of eHealth in primary health care?

(Nov 23: see update at bottom of post) What are the strengths and limitations of eHealth technologies in primary health care? Olga Anikeeva at the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service is drafting a “research round-up”  about the use of eHealth technologies such as electronic health records, decision support systems and e-prescribing software by [...]

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