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Articles by Marie McInerney

SBS’s First Contact is the real ‘festering sore’ of the nation

Thanks to The Conversation for permission to share this reflection on the SBS/Blackfella Films production First Contact by Dr Chelsea Bond, Senior Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and has extensive experience in Indigenous health, as a health [...]

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10 tips for using social media to promote health: reflections from Fertility Week

Thanks to Rebecca Zosel, Health Promotion Advisor at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) for the reflections in the post below on engaging with social media during the 2014 Fertility Week. For more insights and tips about the role of social media in health promotion, check out Colin Cowell’s post at the Power to Persuade [...]

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“Do not turn our people into fringe dwellers once again”: Fitzroy Crossing groups on threats to close WA remote communities

Indigenous organisations of the Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia have issued a powerful statement against the threat last week by State Premier Colin Barnett to close “100 or more” remote Indigenous communities. They warn it could be “as devastating” as the eviction of Aboriginal people from pastoral stations in the 1960s, in the wake of [...]

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2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report: important gains, many risks, big gaps

The 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report has been released today. Regarded as the most comprehensive report on Indigenous wellbeing in Australia. it’s the sixth in a series that emerged out of the final report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 2000. See the snapshot of its key points here (pic below) and in this [...]

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PM’s “Nothing but bush” & threats from WA and SA to close down remote Indigenous communities

In the week that saw Prime Minister Tony Abbott declare that Australia was “nothing but bush” before the arrival of Britain’s “marines and convicts and sailors” (see his full statement and some of the Twitter reaction at the bottom of the post), two states also threatened to close remote Aboriginal communities in a dramatic funding [...]

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Poetry in public health: 4 new poems by Owen Bullock

Here is the latest chapter in Croakey’s Poems of Public Health by Canberra poet Owen Bullock, with four new pieces – including one (ever) timely reflection on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read the background to this occasional feature and his previous Poems of Public Health, where he wrote ‘on demand’ [...]

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: On the path to least resistance

This post below from Professor John Turnidge,  Senior Medical Advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, marks Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov 17-23). It outlines how the Commission’s release of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard is another significant step along the path to ‘least antibiotic resistance’, but reports also on [...]

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A ‘last mile’ approach to improving broadband in more remote areas

In this fourth installment of a rural health series, Helen Hopkins, Policy Adviser at the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) highlights how failing to improve broadband access in remote areas can block access to health care and entrench other disadvantage. The other installments, also inspired by the NRHA’s recent CouncilFest, can be read here: Love rural? [...]

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Big Food, public health and sharing a table: food for thought or empty nutrients?

Just how much should public health engage with Big Food to tackle obesity?  Canadian health research leader Professor Diane Finegood, CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research,  led an initiative that provided “safe” (or private) spaces for Big Food to talk to public health – and says the results were surprising. Delivering the keynote [...]

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Why aren’t paramedics registered?

Ruth Townsend writes in this post below that if  you completed a first aid course last weekend then you could call yourself a paramedic. She asks how the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council can justify its decision last month to defer the inclusion of paramedics on the Australian Health Practitioner register, a move that has [...]

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