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Coke really is part of the solution! And not just for obesity…

Outsourcing our foreign aid to the Coca Cola corporation sounds like something The Chaser would come up with but in fact it’s a proposal being seriously floated by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  In the following piece Dr Melissa Stoneham discusses this idea and explains why Coca Cola’s impact on health in developing countries is no [...]

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Climate change & refugees: as Pope Francis leads the way, will Australia get a miracle conversion?

Australia is playing the ultimate outsider in two of the most pressing global issues that have this week seen our devoutly Catholic Prime Minister Tony Abbott at odds with the Pope on both asylum seekers and climate change. As the New York Times reported: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical [...]

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Climate change: a great threat to health, but not as generally conceived

Climate change was called this century’s greatest threat to health in the longest paper ever published in The Lancet; and this paper is frequently cited by people advocating for increased action in this area. This sentiment has been echoed in the recent Doctors for the Environment Australia report, No time for Games: Children’s Health and [...]

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All roads leading to Darwin for #NRHC15 – stay tuned for more reports from #ruralhealthconf

As the photos below illustrate, all roads lead to Darwin this month for the 13th National Rural Health Conference, which Jennifer Doggett will be attending and covering for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. In previewing the conference below, she reports that #NRHC15 is being held in difficult times for those with a concern for a [...]

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Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: reflections on clinical and research involvement

The World Health Organisation (WHO) last week declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. “The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over.” it said in this statement. However it warned that while it is confident that Liberia has interrupted transmission, outbreaks persist in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, creating a high risk that [...]

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Will we add more years to our lives? The flawed longevity assumption

Treasurer Joe Hockey copped quite a lampooning when he raised the prospect of  people living until they are 150 to explain why Australians should accept cuts to government benefits and pay a greater share of their health costs. But Dr George Crisp says we all are too happy to accept the idea that longevity still [...]

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‘You’ve saved a life, now what?’ A field report from Nepal on the critical role of rehabilitation

Wesley Pryor is an Australian Adviser in Rehabilitation in Global Health for Handicap International, currently working in Nepal in the midst of the post-earthquake disaster where the organisation is responding to the chronic needs of thousands of injured people with massive, long term effects. The teams anticipate hundreds of amputations, up to a thousand required [...]

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“One year after Ebola” – and what have we learnt? #LongRead

‘No matter how many facts are told, no matter how many details are given, the essential thing resists telling.’ This evocative quote is cited in the Croakey long-read below, which contains many fascinating insights into the issues surrounding the “unprecedented”, ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa, including the challenges of recovery and of public health [...]

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Trading away health? The story of a health impact assessment that made a splash

A health impact assessment of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement recently made headlines and won some political attention for the wide-ranging public health concerns raised. What were the factors that contributed to this splash? *** Fiona Haigh and Katie Hirono write: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a large regional trade agreement currently in the [...]

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Trading health? The role of health in foreign policy

In contrast to the widespread criticism of Australia’s response to the West African Ebola outbreak, our lack of action in combatting the chronic illnesses in developing countries receives little or no attention. In the following piece, Samantha Battams, Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University, discusses the role of health in foreign policy and [...]

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