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When does medical confidentiality become unjustified secrecy?

The Consumers Health Forum says Medicine Australia’s proposed new code of conduct has “failed to put in place transparency safeguards against the schmoozing of doctors to influence prescribing”. In the post below, CEO Adam Stankevicius says this is the latest step in a “disturbing trend towards unjustified and unacceptable secrecy” where the “camouflage of confidentiality” is also blocking access [...]

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How the media shapes Indigenous policy & other insights on policy/comms from #NCO14

A presentation yesterday on the relationship between media coverage and Indigenous policy-making was timely in the lead-up to this week’s #IHMayDay Twitter day of action for Indigenous health. It will no doubt also serve as a pointer to the forthcoming Federal Budget on what sorts of cuts it may deliver to Indigenous funding (given Warren [...]

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Why aren’t governments tougher on private health insurers?

When considering whether to approve increases in private health insurance premiums, the Government should prioritise the interests of policy holders rather than the industry’s shareholders, suggests one health policy analyst. “William Foggin” writes: It is that time of year.  The cricket season is over, and the AFL is getting under way.  And private health insurance [...]

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Medical Board responds to concerns about new social media policy

Earlier this week Croakey published an open letter from Victorian surgeon Jill Tomlinson to the Medical Board of Australia expressing concern about a “lack of understanding of social media communication” shown in its proposed guidelines for advertising regulated health services that will take effect next month. Of particular concern, she said, was that medical practitioners [...]

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Here is a treasure trove of ideas and resources on health communications

For those who weren’t able to follow the conversation at @WePublicHealth last week, summarised below are some of the useful ideas and resources shared by Ross Green and Eliza Metcalfe, who work in Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Community Child Health in Melbourne and tweet as @_HealthyComms. They made the case that health communications [...]

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Voices, silence, strength and Judith Lumley: A women in science mentoring tale

Public health activism has saved millions of lives globally and fundamentally changed the type of world we live in.  While we continue to take on the many remaining public health challenges - obesity, increasing income inequality, climate change among others – it is important to take time to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of those who paved the [...]

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In these times of “data-utopia”, what questions should we be asking about the rise of self-tracking?

With growing public and professional interest in “self-tracking”, it is important to consider the limitations as well as the possibilities, says digital sociologist Professor Deborah Lupton. “The realities of quantifying the self do not always meet expectations,” she writes below. Nonetheless, it seems a safe prediction that 2014 will bring yet more news about the [...]

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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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Such a (deceptively) simple concept: let’s confuse patients less

As previously reported at Croakey, Professor Michael Wolf, Director of the Health Literacy and Learning Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, was a keynote speaker at an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. Marge Overs, who is filing a series of articles from the conference, reports below that Professor Wolf identified some [...]

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Health Costs Demand Action

Out-of-pocket costs for health care are becoming an issue that the Government cannot afford to ignore.  Peter Brooks AM MD, Professor, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, adds his voice to the growing chorus of experts, peak bodies and commentators who are pushing for action in this area.  He writes: Early this [...]

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