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MELISSA SWEET | August 21, 2014 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

The Koori Woman: You really need to know this history, Dude

Kelly Briggs writes: I woke up in a bad mood. Am pretty sure I’m not the only one who this happens to occasionally. Even the Dalai Llama probably has his off days. This was not the best day for me to wake up in a less than gleeful mood, because my first port of call [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | August 21, 2014 | ALLIED HEALTH CARE | |

It’s about the wellbeing of all of us, not just doctors, say peaks on concerns re AMA copayment deal

(This post has been updated to link to include the AMA’s co-payment proposal and some Twitter reaction) “When it comes to health costs, no decision about us should be taken without us.” The national peak community and health consumer groups – the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Consumers Health Forum, and Public Health Association [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | August 20, 2014 | PUBLIC HEALTH | |

Wonky Health: What might public health advocates learn from reading Rob Oakeshott’s new book?

The interests of cashed-up industries are routinely put ahead of our health.  That’s hardly “hold the front page” news for those in the public health field, so it’s perhaps surprising we don’t hear more public health advocates calling for action on systems of political governance, including political donations. The malignant influence of cashed-up political donors [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | August 20, 2014 | CHRONIC DISEASES | |

Health impacts of climate change: time for health professionals to heat up the debate

Thanks to the Climate and Health Alliance for lots of good reading, below, from its recent e-newsletter about the impact of climate change on health, and growing activism and engagement by doctors, medical scientists and others working in health. In the wake of the axing of the carbon tax, a group of Australia’s top medical scientists have [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | August 19, 2014 | CONFLICTS OF INTEREST | 1 |

Unhealthy haste? What are the implications of outsourcing Medicare, PBS claims and services?

Less than two weeks ago the Federal Government called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the private sector to provide claims and payment services for Medicare (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), a $29 billion operation currently managed by the Department of Human Services. The EOI closes this Friday, 22 August. Such a privatisation [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | August 18, 2014 | ALLIED HEALTH CARE | 1 |

J’Accuse: call on health professionals to speak out on Australia’s asylum seeker policies

Australian psychiatrist and researcher Professor Louise Newman, director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, has long led the way on the devastating impact of detention on asylum seekers, particularly children. She is spokeswoman for this open letter, signed by more than 200 prominent doctors, lawyers, academics and refugee advocates, that [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | August 16, 2014 | NUTRITION | |

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

This month’s Journal Watch reminds us of one of the perils of the teenage years, social exclusion, and discusses the impact of weight on developing friendships.

Dr Melissa Stoneham writes:

Being a teenager, or screenager as we now call them, can be tough. I reflect positively on most of my teenage years and fondly remember many healthy friendships. But like most teenagers, I can certainly recall times when I was left out by my friends.

New research has found that this type of ostracising continues to occur and is prominent in overweight young people. It was found that overweight teens were more likely to be denied friendships from their peers that were of normal weight. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that young people are more likely to socially exclude their peers who are overweight, which makes overweight teenagers on average, have one less friend than those who are considered to be ‘normal weight’.

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MICHELLE HUGHES | August 15, 2014 | FEDERAL BUDGET 2014-15 | 1 |

Modernising Medicare: Don’t reinvent the wheel, just use the co-payments we already have.

 Margaret Faux writes: It seems that despite overwhelming opposition to the co-payment plan, the Abbott government is determined to press ahead, though success in the Senate may be challenging. Most Australians by now would agree that a considered and coordinated multipronged reform approach is more likely to produce sustainable outcomes and ensure the long term [...]

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FRONJACKSONWEBB | August 14, 2014 | INFECTIOUS DISEASES | |

Worried about the flu season? Here’s the story behind the figures

Heath Kelly writes: Tuesday’s reports suggesting a particularly severe flu season could easily be overstating the case. The figures, released by Influenza Specialist Group say there have been more than 20,000 cases of flu nationally so far this year, double last year’s number.

The release highlights the fundamental problem with trying to get a picture of the flu’s impact. This 20,979 figure comes from labs

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Where are the women?

This month the exciting Franklin Women community launched with the mission of contributing to the retention of women working in health sciences.  In this article by Anne Cahill Lambert we discover why such initiatives are important,  even in 2014.  Anne writes: I remember my very first meeting as a Council member of the National Health [...]

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