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“It is like the chicken talking to the duck”: health literacy conference participants call for a user-friendly health system

This is the final report from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. It covers: Gaps in services for cancer patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. A consumer health advocate’s call for more responsive health services. Feedback from conference participants, including advice for health professionals to “stop telling and start [...]

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Simon Chapman honoured as Skeptic of the Year: a good time to look back on the historic tobacco plain packaging campaign

The Australian Skeptics awarded their Skeptic of the Year award to Professor Simon Chapman (one of Croakey’s “founding fathers”) on Saturday night. The Skeptic of the Year goes to the individual or group that has done the most for skepticism in Australia during the last year. The accompanying release announcing the award said: “Prof Chapman, [...]

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Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

When weighing up the various election policies through a health lens, some of the most important issues to consider are: 1. How do the policies address climate change, the major public health issue that we – as Australians, as the planet – are facing? 2. How are health inequalities addressed? Is there an explicit commitment [...]

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Cancer patients push for election commitment on genetic patenting

Legislative changes are urgently needed to stop patents being granted over human genetic material, according to Sally Crossing AM, from Cancer Voices Australia. Below is a summary of her recent presentation on this issue to a Coalition Backbench Policy Committee, on behalf of Cancer Voices, representing people affected by cancer. *** Making a difference for [...]

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Introducing The Health Wrap – a new Croakey feature by Kellie Bisset

I am delighted to introduce a new fortnightly feature at Croakey: The Health Wrap. It will link you into some of the interesting and important health news from the previous fortnight, including items covered at Croakey and elsewhere. Kellie Bisset, an experienced health and medical journalist/editor who is communications director at the Sax Institute (follow [...]

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Recommended reading in the wake of Angelina Jolie’s preventive double mastectomy

In the aftermath of Angelina Jolie’s recent disclosure about having had a preventive double mastectomy, there have been several thoughtful articles that are worth reading, including the piece below from Hilda Bastian, first published at Scientific American blogs. (And there are more links below her piece). *** Keep health risks in perspective when the dramatic and [...]

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A rather large wrap of health news from the Federal Budget – and some mixed reaction

This post offers an overview of health-related news from the Budget and a wrap of reaction. Here are links to: • Health and Ageing Budget statements • A table giving a quick overview of health spends and cuts • Ministerial press releases • Closing the Gap press release • The Treasurer’s speech ***

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As our future heats up, how well prepared is the health sector?

Australia’s health sector is worryingly under-prepared to respond to the consequences of a projected increase in extreme weather events, such as heatwaves. That is the thrust of a handful of health-related submissions to the current Senate inquiry, Recent trends in and preparedness for extreme weather events.  The inquiry by the Senate Standing Committees on Environment [...]

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Recommended reading for your summer holidays, from Croakey contributors

“Not to be too grand about it, but a book ought to alter the reader’s life, add to the reader’s life, in some fundamental way. You have a compact with the reader that if he gives you the time then something will be better for him. His understanding will increase, an emotional satisfaction will ensue, a cathartic experience will [...]

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As the costs of skin cancer treatment soar, it may be time for another instalment of Sid the Seagull

Is it time to resurrect Sid the Seagull and skin cancer prevention campaigns? That’s the suggestion from Dr Melissa Stoneham, in her latest report from the JournalWatch service of The Public Health Advocacy Institute WA. *** Slip Slop Slap…do we need this iconic campaign to re-emerge? Melissa Stoneham writes: Remember Sid the Seagull? The life-size sun safe seagull who [...]

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