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Articles by Marie McInerney

How GPs balance the dilemmas of prostate testing: study results

The evidence suggest the harms of population screening for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits, so why does it remain so popular? It’s a complex issue, particularly for GPs who are on the frontline on decision-making, says Kristen Pickles from the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Pickles led a recent study of 32 [...]

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Tax reform promises focus not just on how much, but how revenue raised, while Budget cuts still major concern

Yesterday Treasurer Joe Hockey released the Federal Government’s long-awaited discussion paper on tax reform, which comes just five years after the long-awaited Australia’s Future Tax System Review for the Labor Government by former Treasury Head Ken Henry. Among other measures, the paper advocates broadening the GST and reducing income and company taxes,  along with a [...]

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Q&A: What can we learn from the US Choosing Wisely campaign to cut down unnecessary tests, treatment?

  Below is the second in a series of posts that Croakey is running on the ground-breaking Choosing Wisely campaign, which will launch in Australia on 29 April. The campaign focuses on cutting down the numbers of unnecessary medical tests and treatment and has been successful in the USA and Canada in reducing non-evidenced based interventions. [...]

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A Twitter tribute as @malcolmfraser12 falls silent: Vale Malcolm Fraser

*Updated 22 March with additional responses and reflections Much is being written and broadcast about the life of former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser after his death earlier today – which came as a shock for many, despite his advancing age, given how energetic and engaged he remained to the end in public life. This [...]

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#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

Aboriginal woman from the Kimberley, Tammy Solenec from @amnestyOz, speaks at #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA Perth #closethegappic.twitter.com/WxWYxzdktP — Simone van Hattem (@simone) March 19, 2015 A day of action to protest plans to close remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia ended up not only trending nationally on Twitter but hit the streets in real-life, with rallies across Australia, [...]

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BMJ publishes ‘clusterbomb’ of evidence on benefits of tobacco plain packaging, but fight with companies ‘far from over’

The British Medical Journal today published the findings of a series of studies in a special Tobacco Control supplement showing that Australia’s plain packaging laws are delivering on their promise. Cancer Council Victoria’s Professor Melanie Wakefield, whose team led the evaluation, said research shows plain packaging reduced positive perceptions of cigarette packs among teenagers and [...]

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2015 #ClosetheGap: focus on remote communities, funding cuts, & improving the Indigenous ‘Heart Health Story’

*Post updated with new statement from Close the Gap campaign Close The Gap Campaign Co-Chairs Kirstie Parker and Mick Gooda have called on the West Australian and Federal government to properly assess the health and wellbeing impacts of closing remote communities in WA, saying decisions that are being made without consultation are “premature and damaging”. [...]

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NHMRC announces new gender equity policy, as RACS investigates bullying, harassment, sexism issues

The National Health and Medical Research Council today announced a new gender equity policy to support the retention and progression of women in health and medical research. See its media release and more details below. It said the revised Administering Institution Policy aims to address the underrepresentation of women in senior research positions across Australia [...]

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Your health in their hands: time for a zero tolerance approach to hospital hand-washing?

The latest statistics (see above, from Hand Hygiene Australia) show that doctors in Australian hospitals comply with hand washing requirements less than 70 per cent of the time. In the post below, ACT MP and former dentist Dr Chris Bourke asks whether or not it’s time we adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ approach on failure to [...]

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‘Unfair and arbitrary. Is the only thing new in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy a new round of a massive funding cuts?’

Indigenous leader Pat Dodson – who revealed he has met Prime Minister Tony Abbott only once, and then  in passing – said last week that removal of frontline services from Indigenous organisations working towards Closing the Gap in Indigenous health “would seem counter intuitive to any fair-minded Australian”.  But that, he said in this Age [...]

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