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NCDs: Time for a policy push for Global Health’s poor cousin.

NCDs are emerging as the major global health threat of the future yet they attract a minimal amount of global health spending. Where does the gap lie: policy or evidence? In an article originally published in WhyDev, Sam Byfield, from the Nossal Institute of Global Health, looks behind the numbers. Sam Byfield writes: NCDs (including cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, chronic [...]

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That Abetz comment on abortion and breast cancer: symptom of a wider malaise?

The Prime Minister and Health Minister Peter Dutton have pointed out the lack of evidence to support Senator Eric Abetz’s recent inflammatory comments linking abortion and breast cancer. But should his comments be seen as an aberration? There are any number of other areas where the Government’s statements and actions are not informed by evidence. [...]

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The Health Wrap: Big tobacco arguments; fad diets and pills; fairness, equality and human rights

Big tobacco arguments This fortnight the plain packaging debate dominated the headlines, sparked by an article published a few weeks ago by The Australian claiming industry figures showed the legislation was failing to cut smoking rates. The Australian’s figures and motives were questioned by Media Watch, but the newspaper hit back and continued to argue [...]

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Profits, death and disease: big tobacco’s business model

Rob Moodie writes: Lung cancer, a leg amputation, or gasping for air as a result of emphysema are not fun ways of ending one’s life. All are common outcomes of smoking, and if current global patterns of smoking continue – 50% of young men and 10% of young women becoming smokers – one billion people are estimated to die this [...]

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Putting prostate cancer screening on trial: an invitation to join a community jury

Croakey readers are invited to participate in four community juries that will be held in Sydney in coming months. The juries will be asked to consider: Consent and PSA testing for prostate cancer: What should happen before men decide whether or not to be tested?  The project is a collaborative initiative involving academics, GPs and [...]

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The Health Wrap: Budget speculation heightens; the screening debate; drugs, in all their forms; revolutionising healthcare

  By Frances Gilham Budget speculation heightens Speculation in the lead-up to Federal Budget, due to be released on 13 May, has gathered pace in the past two weeks. And with the Commission of Audit just released, we are now closer to knowing what the Government might have in store for health. The Conversation gives [...]

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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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