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Equity and parity of service provision is essential to transforming the lives of those with mental ill health

Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre writes: Australia can be very proud of the substantial progress that has been made in recent years in bringing the subject of mental ill-health and mental illness from out of the shadows and into the mainstream of public discourse, however timely access to high quality mental [...]

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ReachOut/EY ‘Crossroads’ report says time to rethink the national mental health system

Online youth mental health service ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation and EY (formerly Ernst and Young) yesterday called for a shift to a “21st century mental health care system”, saying growing and unmet demand makes our current model unsustainable (see info graphic below). Their joint report Crossroads: Rethinking the Australian mental health system calls for a [...]

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‘No comment’: now the Medical Board tests social media landscape with advertising guidelines

The release in 2012 of a preliminary consultation paper on a social media policy for health professionals by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) prompted a fast and fierce social media storm. As Croakey reported at the time, the document – which was later revised – took a fairly dim view of social media, [...]

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The Health Wrap: Conflict on the menu, closing the gap, the price of disadvantage, policy conundrums

  By Kellie Bisset Conflict on the menu Conflict of interest has featured heavily on the health agenda this past fortnight and the story of the hour is the controversy over Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s office pulling down a government-approved healthy food rating website just hours after it went live. Central to the debate [...]

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A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

When journalists and others are reporting on the difficulties that people in rural and remote areas face in accessing mental health services, it is important to keep the big picture in mind, says Professor Tim Carey, a mental health academic at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. *** Behind the headlines on rural [...]

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Moving beyond magical thinking on the NBN to address health inequities

Ben O’Mara writes: The introduction of new government policy on the National Broadband Network (NBN) is a chance to re-imagine how we use the internet to help address inequities in health. Recent media coverage (see here and here) has identified the flaws in the rollout of the NBN, and questioned the quality of its proposed [...]

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Calling for open access to Australia’s oral health data sets

Opening up oral health datasets for wider access by researchers and the public could bring many benefits, say researchers from the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity at The University of Western Australia. Their article below lays down a challenge to Federal and State Governments, as well as the Australian Institute of Health [...]

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Smartphones – An opportunity for public health

Anyone who spends anytime on public transport in Melbourne will recognise the power of the smartphone. The endless sea of heads bent over tiny screens  reading / texting /  gaming / tweeting.  If only someone could harness the power of these attention demanding devices for the public good? In this month’s journal watch Dr Melissa [...]

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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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Croakey contributors review the highs and the lows of this year’s health news

When Croakey contributors were asked to identify the most significant health news this past year, many nominated the change of Federal Government. The recently announced Federal funding cuts – outlined in the Midyear Economic and Fiscal Outlook Statement – suggest this will likely also be the dominant health story for 2014. The Australian Healthcare and [...]

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