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In brief: Global divestment day

Earlier this month a consortium of health organisations published ‘Unhealthy Investments’ which articulates the strong case for UK health sector (and one could argue all businesses engaged in improving health) in divesting in fossil fuels. In a type of ‘valentine to the planet’, February 13-14 marked global divestment day, celebrating the success of the movement encouraging divestment from fossil [...]

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“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 [...]

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“My feelings about climate change are a mixture of awe, hope, despair, frustration and anger.”

Could an old-fashioned technology – like hand-written letters – help to solve one of the most difficult public health communications challenges of the modern era? Science communicator Joe Duggan has been experimenting with a project - Is This How You Feel? - that seeks to create change by connecting the public with the emotions of climate scientists. [...]

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What can power, money and influence offer public health? The #NPC vs #QldVotes

The Prime Minister’s much-anticipated speech to the National Press Club today was a reminder – if we needed one – that public health concerns are not high on his agenda. You can read the full speech here, or try this summary by The Guardian’s Lenore Taylor. Or, some short versions from the Twittersphere: The Twittersphere also noted [...]

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This election let’s focus on what is important: health, the economy and climate change

As the rest of Australia watches with interest to see what verdict Queenslanders will give the Newman government, the battle for votes has left our northern neighbours with some huge issues to consider in a short amount of time. In this post Sue Cooke, provides food for thought on the key issues of health and climate [...]

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Waiting for Godot: Bushfires, heat and climate change – a doctor’s compelling view from the #SAfires

  The fearsome spectre of Ash Wednesday hung over the Adelaide Hills for five days this week as firefighters battled to control the worst bushfires so far in Australia this summer. Now South Australia, and elsewhere, prepares for flooding rains. It was a very tense time for Dr David Shearman, Honorary Secretary of  Doctors for [...]

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Walkley Awards: catch up on some of Australia’s best journalism

The siege of the Lindt cafe in Sydney late last year showcased some of the best and worst aspects of journalism in Australia, with surely the top prize for poor taste going to our most powerful media man, Rupert Murdoch, for his tweet just hours after its tragic resolution: Much already has been written about the [...]

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“Try a little kindness” and other collective resolutions for 2015

The resolutions that we make for a New Year, whether as a collective or individually, can be quite revealing. The compilation below, of Croakey contributors’ resolutions for 2015, give a good sense of their priorities and concerns. *** Q: What New Year’s resolution would you like to see Australia make (as a collective)? Stop being [...]

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For those with a concern for public health, what were the highs and lows of 2014?

If we look back at 2014, perhaps we gain some insights that might help in steering a better 2015. In the post below, Croakey contributors nominate the highs of the past year – including how some countries and volunteers responded to the Ebola crisis in west Africa, and a resurgence of concern about climate change [...]

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World Medical Association urges climate change action as PM Tony Abbott gets a timely Xmas gift

The World Medical Association is urging governments to commit to an ambitious and binding climate agreement to protect public health, after last week’s COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru concluded with limited progress toward a deal in 2015. See the full statement below, which commits to “ensuring that the medical community is actively engaged in advocacy [...]

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