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Articles by Melissa Sweet

On the many ways that federal policies are hitting Tasmanians’ health

Two recent Senate committee reports have raised concerns that federal policies are exacerbating health inequities (an interim report from the Senate Select Committee on Health, and another report, Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia). Such concerns are particularly acute in Tasmania, as was made clear in submissions to the Senate Select Committee on Health. [...]

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Urgently needed: voices for integrity in public policy making

This must-read article is cross-posted with permission from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. By Boyd Swinburn and Michael Moore: Society needs strong voices to promote public health and the integrity of policy-making processes. This is especially critical given the dominant paradigm of market-based solutions and the increasing conversion by transnational corporations [...]

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The Open Polar Sea: a creative call for climate action and musical tribute to the late Professor Tony McMichael

How might the arts and in particular music help to inspire humanity to respond more effectively and imaginatively to the existential threat of climate change? Musician Anna McMichael writes below how conversations with her late father, Professor Tony McMichael, inspired a musical creation exploring the mythology of the Open Polar Sea. It incorporates arctic ice field [...]

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Not for release: On the latest instalment in the sorry saga of mental health reform

By Sebastian Rosenberg Senior Lecturer, Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney The National Mental Health Commission has provided its Review of Mental Health Services to the Federal Government. Despite the repeated requests of Shadow Minister Jan McLucas and a resolution passed by the Australian Senate, the Government has now confirmed it does [...]

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New Senate report damns Federal Government health cuts, calls for a “wholesale rethink” of policy

A damning indictment of the Federal Government’s cuts across the health sector emerges from the Senate Select Committee on Health’s first interim report (the committee expects to release two of these each year until its final reporting date of 20 June 2016). The report calls for a “wholesale rethink of government policy”. The committee that [...]

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Rural health leader condemns ABC cuts

Cuts to the ABC are of critical concern to rural health advocates. Gordon Gregory, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Alliance, writes below that “Australia’s rural and remote people are yet again being denied access to essential services by centralised decisions which show every sign of being uninformed by the reality of rural [...]

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Yatdjuligin: an important new book for nursing and for the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

In the dialect of the Wakgun Clan group of the Gurreng Gurreng Nation, Yatdjuligin means “talking in a good way”. It is the name of an important new book, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care, that explores the healthcare of Indigenous Australians, from the perspective of both the patient and the professional. [...]

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As nutritionists enable health-washing by Coca-Cola, a call to end unhealthy sponsorship

When Big Food companies engage in health-washing tactics, what are the consequences for the reputations of the health organisations and health professionals involved? It’s a question the Nutrition Society of Australia and its members might be pondering, after having Coca-Cola as a gold sponsor of their recent annual scientific meeting. As the World Cancer Congress [...]

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What makes a city liveable? Some answers from a new public health journal

A new online, open access journal, Public Health Research and Practice, has been launched by the Sax Institute. You can find out more about it below from editor Anne Messenger, who is also tweeting this week for @WePublicHealth. *** Anne Messenger writes: What does it mean to reside in a liveable city? Organisations globally consider [...]

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On #VicVotes, the GP co-payment and other remarkable stories…

When a wake is finally held for the GP co-payment (whose condition surely must now be judged as terminal), those writing the eulogies will have no trouble finding remarkable stories to tell. Who could possibly forget the Prime Minister complaining to G20 leaders about his pesky personal health problem? Perhaps the newly deposed Victorian Premier [...]

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