Indigenous leader Pat Dodson – who revealed he has met Prime Minister Tony Abbott only once, and then in passing – said last week that removal of frontline services from Indigenous organisations working towards Closing the Gap in Indigenous health “would seem counter intuitive to any fair-minded Australian”. But that, he said in this Age [...]READ MORE
‘This is not theory’: Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam disaster adds urgency to need for global climate change/disaster prevention action
Residents in #Vanuatu begin clean-up after #TCPam, relief teams head to survey damage http://t.co/NbVC2mTsM7 | Story: http://t.co/WliBuxlzlP — ABC News (@abcnews) March 15, 2015 Will the devastation now facing Vanuatu be the tragic reality check that global leaders need to develop a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters – and [...]READ MORE
Many thanks to Sam Byfield, Senior Policy Advisor (LiveLighter), Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia) and Associate, Nossal Institute for Global Health, for this article on the recently released guideline on sugar consumption from WHO. Sam writes: Last week the World Health Organization released its guideline on sugar consumption, recommending that adults and children reduce [...]READ MORE
The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?
By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained [...]READ MORE
The Forgotten Children in detention: “Enough is enough”, say AHRC, Malcolm Fraser, public health experts, nurses, psychiatrists….
Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has issued a statement via the Refugee Action Committee condemning the Federal Government’s response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘The Forgotten Children‘ report on children in detention. Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched an extraordinary attack on the Commission and its president Gillian Triggs, saying they should be ashamed [...]READ MORE
“Ebola is not a natural disaster. It is a disease fostered by poverty…” Greens Senator Richard Di Natale on his trip to Liberia, Sierra Leone
The headline death toll of Ebola “does not do justice to the profound and far-reaching impact of this disease”, says Greens Senator Richard Di Natale in his powerful report to Parliament on his recent trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Read his speech below or watch it via the link here: Empathy in an Age of [...]READ MORE
It wasn’t a good start for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new, improved government after he survived the Liberal party room spill motion, with confusion from the get go about whether or not the GP co-payment proposal was finally going the way of his knighthood selections and the Parental Payment Scheme. The word, at least for [...]READ MORE
Here’s hoping the Canberra political air will clear enough this week from today’s Liberal leadership spill vote to allow a focus on the 7th annual Closing the Gap report from the Prime Minister, which is expected on Wednesday. This time last year Prime Minister Tony Abbott said there was “probably no aspect of public [...]READ MORE
This post below is the first of two contributed to Croakey by leading Australian dental academics, looking at both dental education priorities and equity in dental care. The second part can be read here. *** Professors Estie Kruger, Laurie Walsh and Marc Tennant write: Dental education accreditation: What is needed to sustain quality improvement for [...]READ MORE
Much happened on the health front in the closing weeks of 2014, not least with the appointment of a new Health Minister Sussan Ley. See some interim advice to the new Minister and judgements on the contributions of former Minister Peter Dutton from Croakey contributors. The Federal Government also finally came up with a Plan [...]READ MORE