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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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“Bugger the planet” – health experts on the repeal of the carbon tax

Australia today became the first country to dismantle an effective carbon market, taking a “monumentally reckless backward leap” that is an “economic attack on future generations” (and part of a wider pattern of this Federal Government’s attacks on the environment). As one scientist, Professor Roger Jones from Victoria University, stated at The Conversation, the repeal of the carbon [...]

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Carbon Tax Axed: How it affects you, Australia and our emissions

Many thanks to The Conversation for allowing us to republish this timely reminder of the consequences of repealing the carbon tax. By Michael Hopkin, The Conversation and Liz Minchin, The Conversation Australia’s “carbon tax” is being axed – so what does it mean for you and for Australia? We asked Conversation readers to tell us [...]

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Book review: “Commendable” reading on climate change and equity

As we call for entries in the next edition of The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition (see here for details of the mental health-related topic), it is timely to reflect back on the inaugural competition’s topic of climate change and equity. Many thanks to Emeritus Professor Tony McMichael for taking the time to review the [...]

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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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Climate and Health – what news?

As ever, the climate and health are never far from the news on both the domestic and international stages. I doubt that I was the only person surprised to hear how closely aligned the “conservationist” Tony Abbott’s approach to climate change is to that of the Obama administration. Perhaps the federal government needs to have [...]

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The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged [...]

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What Obama’s plan for coal power means for Australia

The health implications of climate change are well documented but despite broad support for actionin this area from health experts and stakeholder groups, public health issues are often ignored in the debate on climate change policy in Australia.  In contrast, in the USA the most recent installment of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan focusses directly [...]

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Your chance to commission some public health poetry…

Continuing on from a previous post exploring some links between opera, history and public health, Croakey is delighted to launch an occasional new feature: Poems of Public Health. The idea arose out of a conversation with Canberra poet Owen Bullock who was unwise enough to mention that he enjoys writing poetry upon request – which [...]

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#Budget2014: Searching for the detail and evidence amidst the pain

I can’t imagine what it took for Korey Gunnis – sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, chronic asthma, hearing loss, anxiety disorder and clinical depression – to ask the Treasurer Joe Hockey this question  on national TV. But it went to the heart of the 2014-15 Budget. How was he supposed to cope [...]

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