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How stigma prevents wider understanding of risks and prevention of overdose

In the wake of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), UnitingCare ReGen’s Donna Ribton-Turner says the taboos surrounding deaths from alcohol and other drug overdose magnify the burden for grieving families and increase the risk for all of us. She looks at how we are improving, or not, with public awareness through the media coverage [...]

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The Health Wrap: the Ebola crisis deepens; poverty; rethinking health

By Frances Gilham The Ebola crisis deepens A dangerous new chapter has begun in the deadly Ebola epidemic, as crowds of people clashed with law enforcers trying to maintain quarantine zones to halt the disease spread in Liberia, the New York Times reported. Without a cure or vaccine for the disease, the World Health Organization [...]

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How inequality creates complex health and policy challenges

In the fourth edition of his crowd-funded Wonky Health column, Dr Tim Senior examines evidence from around the world about the health needs of disadvantaged peoples, reporting that poorer people tend to develop more complex medical problems and at a younger age than richer people. While this is a critical area of policy that needs addressing, [...]

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Alcohol-related harms unacceptable – new research shows

A new report into the impact of alcohol-related harms on our community has found that alcohol kills four times as many Australians every year as those killed on our roads. Michael Thorn, Chief Executive, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, outlines the findings of the new research and calls for urgent policy and legislative action [...]

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The Health Wrap: HIV/AIDS; environmental health; sugar wars

By Frances Gilham HIV and AIDS: pain and progress This fortnight we witnessed the devastating news about the Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Grief and shock hit an international conference on HIV and AIDS being held in Australia – AIDS 2014 – when the news emerged that some of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates [...]

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Living longer, but chronic disease toll rising: Australia’s 14th biennial health report card (and what of its own future?)

We are living longer, have lower death rates for cancer and many other diseases, and a health system that people say they are mostly happy with. But chronic diseases related to our ageing population as well as to lifestyles and health habits are taking an increasing toll. That’s the verdict of Australia’s Health 2014, the [...]

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Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre launched

A new resource has been developed to support those working to reduce the harms associated with substance misuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) Chair, Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, launched the new Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) at the NIDAC conference in [...]

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The Health Wrap: budget blues; the importance of culture; evidence-based mental health campaigns; examples of digital innovation

  By Frances Gilham Budget blues Budget debate and discussion continues to dominate the health news, with many commentators suggesting the proposals have ignored the evidence and don’t address structural system deficiencies. In an article for Medical Observer, UNSW academics have called for a trial period of the co-payment system so a comprehensive evaluation can [...]

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New Deal or No Deal: #Budget2014 and the risks for younger Australians

In Croakey’s continuing coverage of the 2014-15 Federal Budget, John Mendoza looks at the raft of harsh measures it plans to impose on young people – from the unprecedented withdrawal of unemployment benefits through to significantly higher university fees – and argues that “no other group in our community has ever before been so singled [...]

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A note to media outlets & journalists about your impact upon Indigenous health

Media organisations and journalists need to reconsider how they report on alcohol and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, says Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman and public health researcher. *** Is the media making us sick? Summer May Finlay writes: Risky drinking occurs at a similar rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [...]

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