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The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

                By Kellie Bisset RIP copayment As Prime Minister Tony Abbott ended ongoing criticisms of the government’s GP copayment proposal by  declaring it “dead, buried and cremated”, health groups warned that the sting might just be in the tail. A Medicare rebate freeze until 2018 might save $1.3 [...]

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Reducing sugar, preventing obesity – turning evidence into action

Many thanks to Sam Byfield, Senior Policy Advisor (LiveLighter), Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia) and Associate, Nossal Institute for Global Health, for this article on the recently released guideline on sugar consumption from WHO.  Sam writes: Last week the World Health Organization released its guideline on sugar consumption, recommending that adults and children reduce [...]

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Is the Dietitians Association of Australia in the pocket of Big Food?

Public health lawyer, author and blogger Michele Simon has been investigating conflicts of interest and the Dietitians Association of Australia.  Simon, president of Eat Drink Politics, a corporate watchdog consulting firm in the US, has released an Australian edition of “And Now A Word From Our Sponsors”, detailing close links between the food industry and DAA. [...]

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Budget revenue/savings ideas beyond GST on food: GST on private health, insurance, pay private hospitals not private insurers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is still saying there will be no changes to the GST in this term of government, but given we’ve heard the odd broken promise before, it’s fair to say the issue needs a close watch, particularly as the Federal Government struggles with its next Budget. Changes to the GST got another, [...]

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Tired, sluggish, bloated? Time to detox? “Don’t buy the hype”

Thanks to Loretta Marron OAM, CEO of Friends of Science in Medicine for this very timely post. *** Loretta Marron writes: Feeling tired, sluggish and bloated? Recycling bin rattling with empty bottles & cans? Belt a bit tight? What about  that New Year’s Resolution to live healthier this year? This might be the perfect time [...]

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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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As nutritionists enable health-washing by Coca-Cola, a call to end unhealthy sponsorship

When Big Food companies engage in health-washing tactics, what are the consequences for the reputations of the health organisations and health professionals involved? It’s a question the Nutrition Society of Australia and its members might be pondering, after having Coca-Cola as a gold sponsor of their recent annual scientific meeting. As the World Cancer Congress [...]

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Big Food, public health and sharing a table: food for thought or empty nutrients?

Just how much should public health engage with Big Food to tackle obesity?  Canadian health research leader Professor Diane Finegood, CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research,  led an initiative that provided “safe” (or private) spaces for Big Food to talk to public health – and says the results were surprising. Delivering the keynote [...]

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A list of lists – all about advocacy and public health

Once famously described as a “Cinderella branch of public health practice”, the role of advocacy took centre stage at the Public Health Association of Australia’s annual conference in Perth last week. And one of many take-home tips on the subject was that lists seem to be powerful communication tools. For example, Professor Simon Chapman (who drew [...]

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Climate change & health: three days at a WHO event in Geneva while the RET sky fell in here

Last week saw the release of the report into the Renewable Energy Target (RET) led by businessman Dick Warburton which very unsurprisingly recommended the scheme be wound back. While all that was going on, Professor Colin Butler, editor of the soon-to-be-released Climate Change and Global Health, was  in Switzerland, attending a World Health Organisation conference [...]

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