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Governments shouldn’t be able to censor research results they don’t like

Kypros Kypri writes: Government departments and agencies routinely commission research to help them understand and respond to health, social and other problems. We expect such research to be impartial and unbiased. But governments impose legal conditions on such research that can subvert [...]

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As the pictures show, the Border Force Act has opened a new health front for the Government

Since its first Budget, the Abbott Government has been on a collision course with much of the health sector over its health policies. But the Australian Border Force Act, whose assault on ethical health and medical practice has previously been covered at Croakey, is creating another health front for the Government. A series of headline-generating [...]

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Working with asylum seekers in immigration detention: clinical and medical ethics update

A chilly protest in Melbourne is the latest in a series of actions by the medical profession against attempts by the Government to prevent doctors working in detention centres from talking publicly about their experiences. This follows a national ‘call-out’ organised by the Australian Medical Students Association which involved medical students around the country calling [...]

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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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Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres

Australia’s peak health professional bodies have voiced collective concern about the “appalling secrecy provisions” in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professionals who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres. In a joint statement released on World Refugee Day, the peak bodies [...]

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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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