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A desperate call-out to the nation’s cartoonists: the Ebola crisis needs you

The juxtaposition of these two stories on The Guardian’s website speaks volumes. As previously noted at Croakey, the Australian Government appears to have its head stuck firmly in the sand when it comes to responding appropriately to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Desperate times call for desperate measures – when considered public health advice [...]

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On climate change. What’s changed?

“There is a sense that change is in the air. Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are [...]

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What will it take to turn the “Ebola Fiasco” into a hot crisis?

The Australian Government is under mounting pressure to step up its response to the international “Ebola Fiasco” – which US President Obama has described as a “growing threat to regional and global security” (read his comments at the UN in full here). New modelling from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that [...]

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The Health Wrap: How are we doing on healthcare policy? Is climate change the next public health emergency? Lessons from Ebola

  By Kellie Bisset Healthcare spending – how does Australia compare?  In the wake of so much talk recently about Australian healthcare costs being unsustainable, a series of articles this past fortnight has sought to address how we stack up internationally in what we spend and what we deliver. The Conversation kicked off a series on [...]

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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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The Sins Of The Other Or Silence Of The Self? Ebola In West Africa

Viewing the global community’s response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa in its historical context, Alexandra Phelan argues that it forms part of a pattern of treating infectious diseases as ‘the other’. She believes that this view has impacted upon the lack of pro-active action from the developed world to fix [...]

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The Health Wrap: the Ebola crisis deepens; poverty; rethinking health

By Frances Gilham The Ebola crisis deepens A dangerous new chapter has begun in the deadly Ebola epidemic, as crowds of people clashed with law enforcers trying to maintain quarantine zones to halt the disease spread in Liberia, the New York Times reported. Without a cure or vaccine for the disease, the World Health Organization [...]

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Health impacts of climate change: time for health professionals to heat up the debate

Thanks to the Climate and Health Alliance for lots of good reading, below, from its recent e-newsletter about the impact of climate change on health, and growing activism and engagement by doctors, medical scientists and others working in health. In the wake of the axing of the carbon tax, a group of Australia’s top medical scientists have [...]

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NCDs: Time for a policy push for Global Health’s poor cousin.

NCDs are emerging as the major global health threat of the future yet they attract a minimal amount of global health spending. Where does the gap lie: policy or evidence? In an article originally published in WhyDev, Sam Byfield, from the Nossal Institute of Global Health, looks behind the numbers. Sam Byfield writes: NCDs (including cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, chronic [...]

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Reflections of an economic migrant: one life should not be valued more than another’s

We live in troubled times when our political leaders place more value on some lives than others, says Dr Virginia Barbour, a medical editor who brings a global perspective to bear on her recent move to Australia. *** By Virginia Barbour It’s been a strange few weeks from the point of view of a relatively [...]

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