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Government faces widespread criticism of Ebola response

It’s rare for the Australian Medical Association, the Public Health Association and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to be singing from the same hymn sheet.  But their collective criticisms of the Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have barely a discordant note.  Over the past two weeks, these organisations (and others [...]

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What does ebola tell us about the state of global health?

Last week in the Lancet, Lawrence Gostin and Eric Freidman discussed the reasons that the ebola outbreak constitutes a crisis in global health leadership  and called for reform. In this article (a previous version of which appeared in DevPolicy) Sam Byfield, from  the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health, looks at the factors that have contributed to the [...]

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Hearing from the nurses who have seen the toll of Ebola up close and personal

“We need to go there and support them, and stop the hysterics”: this was the clear message from a session at the CRANAplus conference in Melbourne on Friday, which heard from two Australian nurses who have recently returned from deployments to West Africa. *** “We cry at night and work during the day” Rosemary Cadden [...]

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A letter to the first person to die of Ebola in the US, from Rob Oakeshott

“Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, was not the right kind of victim for the west” – because he was black, poor and African. This argument is made by black feminist writer Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopiennesays) in an article in The Guardian, titled The problem with the west’s [...]

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What links the Ebola crisis and non-communicable diseases?

The role of poverty in contributing to the global Ebola crisis has been widely highlighted. Poverty is also an important driver of non communicable diseases, according to Dr Sandro Demaio, co founder of NCD Free, a creative global campaign that is pushing for major system changes to tackle these diseases. *** Sandro Demaio writes: If [...]

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Health leaders pile pressure on Australian Government to step up on #Ebola

The Australian Government has been urged to step up its response to the global Ebola crisis and take a leadership role – in boosting Australia’s role in relief efforts, as well as in contributing more usefully to public debate. The call comes from Christopher Cliffe, CEO of CRANAplus, an organisation representing remote area health professionals [...]

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Developing a Global Health MOOC: what does it take?

The advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) brings new opportunities for academics and students. Dr Samantha Battams, Associate Professor and Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University Australia, was involved last year in developing the University of Geneva MOOC, ‘Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview’. The course – which can still be accessed here - was part of [...]

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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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