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‘Friends of the MJA’ call for reversal of AMPCo decisions to sack editor, outsource to Elsevier

A Friends of the MJA group has been set up to protest the recent decision by the Australian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) to sack the Medical Journal of Australia’s editor-in-chief Professor Stephen Leeder and outsource production and sub-editing to global publishing giant Elsevier. The group’s Steering Committee is calling for: a reversal of the decision [...]

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A call for women MPs to come together, across party lines, on abortion reform in NSW, Qld

Significant reform in 2008 in Victoria of the state’s abortion law was achieved – say Professors Heather Douglas and Caroline de Costa – because women MPs overwhelmingly voted, across party lines, to support the Bill. In the article below, they say New South Wales women MPs should now get behind Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi and [...]

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Right to die campaigner Rodney Syme accuses RACP of “stifling debate” on euthanasia

Dying with Dignity campaigner Dr Rodney Syme has accused the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) of “cowardly” and “insulting” behaviour and of trying to stifle debate, after withdrawing his invitation to speak at its upcoming annual conference. “The outcome is an act of academic censorship of the worst kind – they did not know [...]

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Outsourcing puts Medical Journal of Australia at risk: former editor Stephen Leeder

There’s been shock and dismay in the Australian health and medical community over the news that leading medical academic Stephen Leeder was sacked as editor-in-chief of the Medical Journal of Australia over  his opposition to the outsourcing of sub-editing and production work to global publisher Elsevier. See Croakey’s coverage of the news, which prompted the [...]

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Update: Medical Journal of Australia editorial advisors resign over Leeder sacking, Elsevier outsourcing

*Updated 3 May with response from AMA President Brian Owler and Open Letter from AMPCo to the medical community and on 4 May to clarify number of editorial committee signatories. Nearly all of the editorial advisors to the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) have resigned en masse in protest at the sacking of editor-in-chief Professor [...]

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Why Senator Madigan needs to know about non-invasive prenatal testing

A private member’s bill sponsored by Independent Victorian Senator John Madigan seeks to remove Medicare funding for abortions “procured on the basis of gender selection”. Debate on the bill is due to resume this month. Before it does, writes Caroline de Costa in the post below, Senator Madigan – and all of us – should [...]

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A fair shot: MSF launches global #AskPharma campaign for fairer vaccine prices

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) last week launched a global campaign –‘A fair shot’. It’s calling on pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer to slash the price of the pneumococcal vaccine in developing countries to US$5 per child, so more children can be protected from this childhood killer, and to disclose what they currently [...]

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How GPs balance the dilemmas of prostate testing: study results

The evidence suggest the harms of population screening for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits, so why does it remain so popular? It’s a complex issue, particularly for GPs who are on the frontline on decision-making, says Kristen Pickles from the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Pickles led a recent study of 32 [...]

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The Health Wrap: NSW election, new smoking findings, and other health policy news

By Frances Gilham NSW election news With a NSW state election coming up in March, discussion of state health policy has started to creep into the news. SMH journalist Amy Corderoy reported on a public health debate held between NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Labor’s opposition spokesman on health Walt Secord, and Greens’ spokesman John [...]

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Doctors in distress: join the #dochealth conversation on Twitter

Enormous interest was generated by a recent Croakey article urging medicine to confront “the dark side” of its institutional culture in the wake of the recent deaths of four junior doctors. The article was by Dr Kimberley Ivory, Senior Lecturer, Population Medicine and Sub-Dean of Student Support in the Sydney Medical School at the University [...]

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