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Articles by Melissa Sweet

“Like all anti-racism efforts, our campaign confronted and challenged some people…”

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, writes: beyondblue recently released findings of an independent evaluation of the Stop. Think. Respect. ‘Invisible Discriminator’ campaign, which showed increased awareness of racial discrimination in people who had seen the ads. The campaign was launched in July last year to highlight the link between psychological distress and subtle racism. It hit the [...]

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What are the health issues at stake when #NSWvotes?

NSW voters are expected to return Mike Baird’s Coalition Government this weekend (see reports at The Conversation and The Guardian), but the results in the Upper House are less certain, as former MP Rob Oakeshott pointed out at Croakey earlier this week. What are the health issues and concerns at play? Croakey contributors give their [...]

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Pharmacy deal in urgent need of new script

Adam Stankevicius writes: The Australian National Audit Office’s report into the $15.4 billion remuneration scheme for pharmacy owners reveals a bewildering scale of administrative failure that only becomes clear on a detailed reading of the audit document. The auditor’s exhaustive scrutiny of the administration of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (5CPA) shows the Health Department and [...]

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The lottery on offer at #NSWvotes: poison, catastrophe and coalmines…

Dr Tim Senior writes: Would you vote for a party that offered to poison you and your children slowly? What about a party offering entry to a lottery where the winning region picked at random would get a catastrophe? It might be severe bushfires, it might be a flood, but it would be dangerous and [...]

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Rob Oakeshott on #NSWVotes: We need another way

Croakey is running a mini-series on health and the NSW election, but this election analysis by a former NSW MP, Rob Oakeshott, is a sobering reminder that any considerations of health and health policy must take account of the wider political context…. *** Rob Oakeshott writes: Nothing matters in this NSW election. As soon as [...]

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A prescription for better rural health from young leaders

Representatives from 28 university Rural Health Clubs gathered in Melbourne recently for the annual council meeting of the National Rural Health Students’ Network. Their new Chair, David Khoo, reports for Croakey on what matters most to the future leaders of rural health: Good health should be a given in a country as wealthy as Australia. [...]

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Reform of the Federation and health: Opportunities for change

“While we have a good health system, it is not good for all, and it can be made better.” By Dr Linc Thurecht and Alison Verhoeven, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association  As a contribution to the Reform of the Federation process, on 16 March 2015 the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) brought together over [...]

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The next NSW Government must stop the squeeze on community mental health services

The next NSW Government must make health services much more accountable for their use of mental health funding, and deliver major new investment in community mental health services, according to psychiatrist Alan Rosen, Professorial Fellow, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong. *** Alan Rosen writes: It’s a familiar [...]

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Postcard from Montreal: Towards a better understanding of ecosystems and health

In reviewing last year’s EcoHealth conference in Montreal, Dr Jonathan Kingsley, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, also gives a taster of a conference heading to Melbourne next year. Jonathan Kingsley writes: Professor Kerry Arabena and I had the privilege of attending the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Public Health [...]

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Trading away health? The story of a health impact assessment that made a splash

A health impact assessment of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement recently made headlines and won some political attention for the wide-ranging public health concerns raised. What were the factors that contributed to this splash? *** Fiona Haigh and Katie Hirono write: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a large regional trade agreement currently in the [...]

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