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SA election: ‘we want to control health costs but we’ll keep feeding that beast that fuels them’

South Australia goes to the polls this Saturday, with expectations that Labor will lose office after 12 years in government. In the post below, Professor Fran Baum, professor of public health from Flinders University, looks back at Labor’s record and what the parties are saying now on health. And she sets three big challenges for [...]

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Some interesting predictions for our future – and what these might mean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing

Where do you think Australia is heading? And what might that mean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and research? Contrasting scenarios are imagined in a new report from The Lowitja Institute, The Shape of Things to Come: Visions for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.  The report is based [...]

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The new world of big health data: some questions about profits, privacy and the public interest

It’s time for an informed public debate about the many questions raised by the commodification of “big data” in health, according to Canberra Law School academics, Bruce Baer Arnold and Wendy Bonython. ***  Who is taking care of your health data? Bruce Baer Arnold and Wendy Bonython write: Are the UK and Israeli health systems [...]

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Calling for open access to Australia’s oral health data sets

Opening up oral health datasets for wider access by researchers and the public could bring many benefits, say researchers from the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity at The University of Western Australia. Their article below lays down a challenge to Federal and State Governments, as well as the Australian Institute of Health [...]

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Smartphones – An opportunity for public health

Anyone who spends anytime on public transport in Melbourne will recognise the power of the smartphone. The endless sea of heads bent over tiny screens  reading / texting /  gaming / tweeting.  If only someone could harness the power of these attention demanding devices for the public good? In this month’s journal watch Dr Melissa [...]

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UK report on Tamiflu highlights failings of health authorities, regulators, industry, and clinical trials

Longstanding questions about a key plank of the international response to pandemic influenza - the stockpiling and widespread use of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) – have been reignited by a new UK Government report (for some background, see my 2009 story in Crikey). The report by the UK Parliament Public Accounts Committee report has also [...]

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Now for some quality book time – summer reading suggestions from Croakey contributors

If you’re looking for summer reading, there are plenty of suggestions below, from the worlds of fiction and non-fiction. *** Croakey contributors were asked: What books have you read this year that you would recommend to this blog’s readers? Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity, ANU The Body Economic by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu. [...]

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Integrating health, social and environmental thinking and practice: a wrap of #EcoHealth13 discussions

What are the principles of trans-disciplinary collective learning? How can they be applied to create a new compact between all peoples with all species? How can we become agents of both radical change and radical hope? These are just some of the questions explored by speakers at the recent Eco-Health Symposium in Melbourne, an event which [...]

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The mental health toll of policies that seek to keep people “out of sight and largely out of mind”

The harm that detention inflicts upon asylum seekers, including children, is powerfully described in three articles in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia. The articles (here, here, and here) note that suicide is the leading cause of premature death for those in the immigration detention network, and document the toll that detention takes [...]

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Such a (deceptively) simple concept: let’s confuse patients less

As previously reported at Croakey, Professor Michael Wolf, Director of the Health Literacy and Learning Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, was a keynote speaker at an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. Marge Overs, who is filing a series of articles from the conference, reports below that Professor Wolf identified some [...]

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