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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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Australia’s first Physician Assistant graduates hold promise to better health care access

Today has been a landmark day in Australian health, particularly for rural and regional areas, with the country’s first graduation of a cohort of bachelor degree trained physician assistants from James Cook University. Croakey has published a number of reports – see this one and the links below - on the benefits of physician assistants, and the [...]

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#MYEFO Budget update brings more cuts to foreign aid, health agencies

Australia’s leading international aid organisations have responded with dismay to another round of drastic cuts to foreign aid announced in the Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), which also contains news of more cuts to health agencies. Treasurer Joe Hockey said foreign aid had taken “by far” the biggest hit in the latest [...]

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The Open Polar Sea: a creative call for climate action and musical tribute to the late Professor Tony McMichael

How might the arts and in particular music help to inspire humanity to respond more effectively and imaginatively to the existential threat of climate change? Musician Anna McMichael writes below how conversations with her late father, Professor Tony McMichael, inspired a musical creation exploring the mythology of the Open Polar Sea. It incorporates arctic ice field [...]

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The environment is a critical health issue: memo to next Victorian Government

Victorian medical student Tim Martin has previously highlighted an “absolute failure of rational and evidence-based policy making” when it comes to Victorian election health policies around coal and climate change. In the article below, Dr Jo McCubbin, a Gippsland-based paediatrician and a member of the Climate and Health Alliance, gives the incoming government some suggestions [...]

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