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November, 2011


Clock is ticking on the NHMRC and conflicts of interest policy

Update 1 Dec: A response from the NHMRC has been added to the bottom of the post. Note: If you want to comment on the NHMRC’s draft guidelines for identifying and managing conflicts of interest in clinical guideline development (and, as the post below suggests, they do need help) – the deadline is COB this [...]

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Important for mental health: a fair society and a good start to life

Continuing a Croakey series on mental health reform, this post touches on the importance of policies that support healthy early childhood development and equity. Professor Helen Keleher, president of The Public Health Association of Australia, has argued that mental health would benefit from a much greater focus on intervention in early childhood, particularly among the [...]

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The latest news from the world of food policy and regulation

Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, writes: The debate over food regulation is set to escalate.  Governments across Australia are readying to respond to Labelling Logic, the Hon Dr Neal Blewett’s report on labelling of foods.  On the issue of front of pack labelling, health and consumer groups have narrowed the [...]

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Don’t rush the roadmap for mental health reform

Staff in the Department of Health and Ageing are drafting a 10-year roadmap for national mental health reform, which is scheduled for preliminary consideration by a meeting of senior CoAG officials on Friday. Psychiatrist Professor Alan Rosen urges that the process not be rushed, ahead of the establishment of the National Mental Health Commission. (Continuing [...]

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Let’s talk about some important mental health issues (beyond clinical services)

Croakey is today kicking off a series of articles on mental health. These coincide with an investigation into controversies in mental health reform that I have written jointly for Crikey (appearing as a four-part series from today) and for Inside Story (published online and also appearing today in a slightly abbreviated form in The Canberra [...]

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A nurse was murdered. Questions are being asked about health service management.

A longer version of this article was first published by New Matilda. Jenny Haines, Former General Secretary of the NSW Nurses Association, writes: Walter Marsh has been convicted of the murder of Sydney nurse Michelle Beets. But there are still many questions in my mind about this case and they go to the heart of [...]

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New immunisation incentives are good policy, and merit sensible debate

Julie Leask writes: The Federal Government has announced a major shake up to the way vaccination is linked to financial incentives, which will begin taking effect from July 2012. Changes to financial incentives for immunising The former immunisation allowance, with instalments of $129 paid at 2 and 5 years of age, has been scrapped. Now [...]

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The argument for a federal takeover of health in Tasmania

The likelihood of a “federal takeover” of health (as mooted by Kevin Rudd in 2007) looks ever more remote. However, there seems to be a growing chorus of support for this in Tasmania. Earlier this month, the independent MP Andrew Wilkie joined the Tasmanian Premier’s calls for a federal takeover of public hospitals in that [...]

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The supermarket grog wars are a health hazard

This article was first published by The Conversation. Michael Livingston writes: In recent days, Woolworths and Coles have put out a flurry of media releases, each staking a claim to being the cheapest place to buy alcohol this summer. Coles have “declared war” on liquor prices and the Woolworths-owned Dan Murphy’s chain has fired back [...]

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GPs are getting older and working more intensively. And what about their patients?

Two new reports help to give us a picture of what goes on in general practice. Dr Helena Britt, Director of the  Family Medicine Research Centre at the University of Sydney, provides an overview of their findings below. Helena Britt writes: We (the Family Medicine Research Centre) have just released two reports from the thirteenth [...]

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