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When does medical confidentiality become unjustified secrecy?

The Consumers Health Forum says Medicine Australia’s proposed new code of conduct has “failed to put in place transparency safeguards against the schmoozing of doctors to influence prescribing”. In the post below, CEO Adam Stankevicius says this is the latest step in a “disturbing trend towards unjustified and unacceptable secrecy” where the “camouflage of confidentiality” is also blocking access [...]

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Why New South Wales abortion law should be decriminalised

Abortion legislation in New South Wales and Queensland is the “most severe and antiquated” in Australia and the most urgently in need of rescission, says medical specialist Caroline de Costa. That’s why, she says, New South Wales Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi’s bill towards decriminalisation should be supported by politicians across the spectrum. *** Caroline de [...]

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Putting prostate cancer screening on trial: an invitation to join a community jury

Croakey readers are invited to participate in four community juries that will be held in Sydney in coming months. The juries will be asked to consider: Consent and PSA testing for prostate cancer: What should happen before men decide whether or not to be tested?  The project is a collaborative initiative involving academics, GPs and [...]

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#MarchinMay protests point to growing opposition to #Budget2014 health, welfare impacts

With the headline “Ferals revolting“, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph couldn’t resist the way it characterised the weekend’s #MarchinMay protests, which saw tens of thousands of people marching in cities across Australia against last week’s Federal Budget: Among the beanie-wearing, dreadlocked throng of welfare recipients and professional protesters, some looked out of place. One of those was [...]

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#Budget2014 medical research fund is “unfair and unethical”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program this morning: “There are no cuts to health or education. In health, all of the money we are saving is going into the Medical Research Investment Fund and that’s going to be dedicated to finding the treatments and the cures of the future that [...]

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Gambling in a mobile era: a wrap on last month’s 5th International Gambling Conference in NZ

The recent 5th International Gambling Conference in Auckland had its focus on: Gambling in a Mobile Era: Developments, Regulation and Responses. The biennial conference is a well-established New Zealand event hosted by three organisations; Maori public health provider Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology, and the [...]

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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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Some key public health reading

For those of you lucky enough to still be on holiday (or procrastinating at your desks!) a selection of informative and topical public health reading from around the interwebs….. Forget giving up chocolate and putting in more hours at the gym, the New Year’s resolutions for Tom Frieden, head of the USA’s head of the [...]

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Simon Chapman honoured as Skeptic of the Year: a good time to look back on the historic tobacco plain packaging campaign

The Australian Skeptics awarded their Skeptic of the Year award to Professor Simon Chapman (one of Croakey’s “founding fathers”) on Saturday night. The Skeptic of the Year goes to the individual or group that has done the most for skepticism in Australia during the last year. The accompanying release announcing the award said: “Prof Chapman, [...]

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The power of the ‘ick’ factor in organ donation

A lack of high quality, authoritative information resources for families of potential organ donors is amplifying the ‘ick’ factor of organ donation, according to Holly Northam. This piece was first published in the Nursing Review and is cross-posted with permission. Over the last few weeks a number of incidents in the public sphere have highlighted the [...]

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