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The real drivers of so much poor health – the inequitable distribution of power and resources

The implications of rising levels of inequality for the economy and indeed the future of capitalism are gaining plenty of attention thanks to the splash being created by a new book by economist Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.  Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics, reportedly calls for a return to far [...]

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What did the Marches in March reveal about community health concerns? And the global picture…

So much of the dialogue around health is top-down, driven by the interests of institutions, professionals, corporates, governments, and others with traditional forms of power. The recent series of Marches in March can be explored from many different angles, but one is the opportunity they brought for the community to speak up on health concerns. [...]

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TPP: Global concerns and action at home

The Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations continue. While it is unclear what the final document will say, leaked drafts of the document have many groups concerned.  Last December we reported on Deb Gleeson’s fight to put health issues on the agenda and the concerns being voiced regarding the TPP impact in Australia. Internationally voices continue to [...]

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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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What is your dream headline for 2014? What would you like to achieve in the New Year? Please add your thoughts to these below…

In the compilation post below, Croakey contributors look back on how their professional practice changed in 2013, and look forward to the headlines they would like to see in 2014, as well as sharing their professional goals for the New Year.  **** Sydney GP Dr Tim Senior Q: Have you changed or developed your professional [...]

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Sounding the public health alarm about criminalisation of homosexuality in India

The Indian government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court in India, asking it to review its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalises homosexuality. Melbourne-based public health lawyer Dr Fiona Lander, who has previously worked in India, explains below why the criminalisation of homosexuality (in many countries a legacy of British colonial [...]

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The people of the Central African Republic are being forgotten in their hour of gravest need

The international community, including the Australian Government, is turning a blind eye to the plight of hundreds of thousands of people in the Central African Republic (CAR), who are are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, according to Dr Mégo Terzian, President of Médecins Sans Frontières. Dr Mégo Terzian writes: As UN mandated troops begin [...]

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TPP update: Talks stall as concern grows

Last week Dr Deb Gleeson updated us on her plans to attend the final meeting of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in order to continue raising concerns about the impact of the agreement on health in Australia and other nations.  Yesterday she tweeted the following: “URGENT NEWS FROM SINGAPORE: Australia has caved in to US [...]

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Alcohol “policy pause” as funding cut for the peak alcohol and drug agency

Australia’s peak alcohol and drug agency, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), learned early this week that it was being defunded, forcing it into voluntary administration. In a statement, ADCA said the decision by Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash “ignores previous undertakings and commitment” about ongoing funding to 2015. In the article [...]

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Distrust of health services a critical barrier to reducing HIV toll upon indigenous peoples globally

In the lead up to AIDS 2014 in Melbourne next year, Maori public health researcher Clive Aspin reports on the lessons from a large international gathering of indigenous peoples affected by HIV that was recently held in Canada. *** Getting HIV to zero: Canada leads the way Clive Aspin writes: When it comes to HIV [...]

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