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Articles by Michelle Hughes

TPP: Global concerns and action at home

The Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations continue. While it is unclear what the final document will say, leaked drafts of the document have many groups concerned.  Last December we reported on Deb Gleeson’s fight to put health issues on the agenda and the concerns being voiced regarding the TPP impact in Australia. Internationally voices continue to [...]

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Health news to make you smile, including an educational Bohemian Rhapsody

In an attempt to provide you with some ‘feel good Friday’ vibe, here are some brief stories to make you smile. Mental Health benefits in quitting smoking In case anyone needed further encouragement to quit, a new article has debunked the idea held by some smokers that there are psychological benefits to smoking. In a [...]

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The alcohol industry and public health: How the battle lines were drawn

Yesterday Crikey published an article by Bernard Keene in which he cites an anonymous senior public health figure as suggesting that public health experts are unwilling to work with the alcohol industry and therefore are “undermining campaigns to reduce drinking among at-risk groups”. Professor Mike Daube AO, Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University was quoted [...]

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Turmoil for Queensland doctors as contracts introduced

Many thanks to Trent Yarwood, specialist infectious diseases physician and member of the Far North Queensland Senior Medical Staff Association for this overview of the current disquiet amongst Queensland doctors. Trent writes: The move by the Queensland state government to shift the state’s approx 3000 senior doctors to executive-style contracts has been met with widespread  anger, including [...]

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Your relationship with scales…..

Those of us who have more than once decided to watch our weight, know that the bathroom scales can be both friend and foe. Consequently advice on how often those who are dieting should check their weight varies.  In this PHAIWA JournalWatch, Dr Melissa Stoneham explores a recent study on the impact of watching the [...]

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An alternative perspective on the evidence for a billion dollar opportunity

A new report by the Grattan Institute is making headlines with the conclusion that the government could save up to a billion dollars in health care costs with a series of reforms.  An overview of Controlling the cost of care: a billion dollar hospital opportunity  on the Grattan Institute website suggests that State governments should: “pay hospitals [...]

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Change Day 2013 6th March 2013

In case you haven’t heard, March 6th 2014 will be Australia’s first Change Day. Originating in the UK NHS, Change Day is a grass roots movement to improve health and wellbeing. Individuals are encouraged to make a pledge about what action they will take to improve the health and wellbeing of others.  The original change [...]

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GP co-payments and over servicing, what does the evidence tell us?

As we approach the federal budget, talk of a GP co-payment to discourage ‘unnecessary’ visits is still alive and well despite a range of concerns including those articulated by the AMA and the Consumers Health Forum. In this article from the Parliamentary Library, Amanda Biggs explores what is known and unknown about factors impacting GP visits and [...]

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Worthwhile reading on health inequities, healthy communities and inefficiencies in healthcare

As ever, a multitude of reading is being produced. Here are some interesting pieces you may have missed: Health inequities in Australia A new report by Sharon Friel and Richard Denniss Unfair economic arrangements make us sick provides an interesting look at the link between financial inequities in Australia and health outcomes. The paper looks [...]

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Alcohol in NSW – After the party

The NSW government has recently responded to public concern about alcohol fuelled violence and introduced a range of measures aimed at reducing such behaviour.  In this article, Professor Mike Daube of Curtin University and Director, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, suggests that while this is a beginning there is much more to be done.   [...]

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