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KELLIE BISSET | July 04, 2015 | ABORTION | |

The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

                This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe Life’s good….for some To start the Health Wrap on a [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | July 03, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues – new report

The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is Australia’s most urgent and serious health challenge.  Despite this fact, Indigenous issues barely rated a mention in the Federal Government’s most recent Budget.  This, however, does not mean that Indigenous communities are unaffected by the Budget measures.  In fact there are a broad range of impacts [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | July 03, 2015 | CHILD HEALTH | 2 |

Coke really is part of the solution! And not just for obesity…

Outsourcing our foreign aid to the Coca Cola corporation sounds like something The Chaser would come up with but in fact it’s a proposal being seriously floated by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  In the following piece Dr Melissa Stoneham discusses this idea and explains why Coca Cola’s impact on health in developing countries is no [...]

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What does marriage equality mean for the Australian health system?

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) on marriage equality has been heralded as a milestone in addressing discrimination against people in same-sex partnerships and also broader issues of injustice affecting the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allied (LGBTIQA) communities.   The implications for health care may not [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 01, 2015 | CROAKEY NEWS | |

Announcing details for the 3rd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition

Entries are invited for the 3rd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition. The topic is: “In the digital era, whose voices are being heard?” The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition is a joint project of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Croakey, and Inside Story, an online current affairs publication from the Swinburne [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | July 01, 2015 | CROAKEY LONGREADS | 1 |

Shame and Disgrace in the Governance of Food and Nutrition Policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The failure of successive governments to act on improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a “shame and disgrace”, according to University of Newcastle researcher Dr Mark Lock. In an exhaustive investigation of the fate of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010, he [...]

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Redesigning Australia’s health workforce with Physician Assistants

We are often keen to adopt the latest medical technology or new ‘wonder drug’ from other countries but seem less eager when it comes to importing their innovations in health workforce practices.  Yet if we are to meet our health care needs in the future, we will need a health workforce that is continually evolving [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | June 28, 2015 | CROAKEY LONGREADS | |

Read and listen to the “strong statements from hurt hearts and sad voices” in this new book: The Intervention – An Anthology

Many Croakey readers may be interested in a new book, The Intervention – An Anthology, which is due to be launched in Sydney this week (July 1) by Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Edited by Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss, the book includes fiction, memoir, essays, poetry and communiqués from [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | June 26, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

A stack of health-related inquiries and reports have been released that may be of interest to Croakey readers. Plus, some human rights ranting to follow… • The second interim report of the Senate Select Committee inquiring into health policies raised concerns about the damage being done to primary health care by Federal funding cuts. Cuts [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | June 26, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

Devastating news for Aboriginal health in western Sydney

The Australian newspaper reported this week that the Federal Department of Health has given a large Aboriginal community controlled health service in western Sydney notice of imminent loss of funding. Patricia Delaney, a longstanding Aboriginal health advocate and policy advisor with a background in nursing and mental health, who helped set up the service, writes below [...]

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