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An expert’s questions for the Australian Government on the “Scamiflu” saga

(A Federal Health Department response to this post was added on 18 April). “Most experts would agree that the modest benefits of Tamiflu and Relenza, as reported by the review, do not justify the increased adverse risks, let alone the money spent on them…” So says an NHS Choices analysis of an important systematic review [...]

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Tamiflu drug ‘largely ineffective’ in reducing hospitalisation: study

Many thanks to The Conversation for allowing us to republish this article by Reema Rattan. Antiviral drugs are largely ineffective for reducing hospital admissions and complications from influenza, and come with serious side-effects, according to a research review published by the Cochrane Collaboration today. The drugs were stockpiled by governments across the world, including Australia’s, [...]

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Finding savings in healthcare: moving from theory to reality

With a tough federal Budget fast approaching, many in the health sector are offering up suggestions for where the Abbott Government might find savings. Some of these options were outlined in an article published in Croakey earlier this week. They include: cutting the price paid for generic drugs and encouraging substituting brand name drugs with [...]

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Comprehensive Primary Health Care – what works? A Research Symposium

Comprehensive and integrated primary care is well documented in the research literature as providing the most cost-effective and equitable mechanism for preventing and managing chronic disease.  Yet despite a growing body of research supporting this form of care, it often appears to be put in the ‘too hard’ basket of governments and policy makers. This [...]

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Global manifestos & calls to arms on health, equity, gender, climate: ‘Act in the world with a sense of eternity’.

Need some inspiration on global justice, health, and equity? The past week or so has brought some powerful interventions from The Lancet, the World Health Organisation and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on how we should inhabit this planet and how and where we are failing. ‘A new vision for planetary health’ British medical [...]

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SA election: ‘we want to control health costs but we’ll keep feeding that beast that fuels them’

South Australia goes to the polls this Saturday, with expectations that Labor will lose office after 12 years in government. In the post below, Professor Fran Baum, professor of public health from Flinders University, looks back at Labor’s record and what the parties are saying now on health. And she sets three big challenges for [...]

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What do White House policy makers want from researchers?

It’s a perennial question for researchers, policy makers and advocates in public health and social policy areas: how do we influence the real decision-makers? A recent study of senior US national security policymakers provides some valuable insights for people working in social policy and public health. Croakey thanks Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB [...]

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Wind farms: no reliable evidence of health risks, says National Health and Medical Research Council

The long-awaited information paper by the National Health and Medical Research Council on wind farms and human health has been released for public consultation until Friday, 11 April. Submissions can be made through NHMRC’s public consultation website. In a media release,  the NHMRC said the paper provides a summary of the available scientific evidence. Based on the evidence, [...]

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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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Should we be doing health assessments?

Health assessments are a common part of primary care, but are they as effective as we would hope? Thanks to Dr Tim Senior for allowing us to cross publish this entry from his  “AMS Doctor” blog. Tim writes:   I was recently interviewed for an Australian Doctor item on health assessments, after I’d been involved in [...]

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