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Fat free and 100% natural: seven food labelling tricks exposed

Sandra Jones writes: If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. But don’t hold your breath for an at-a-glance food labelling system that tells you how much salt, fat and sugar each product contains. Australia’s proposed “health star rating” labelling scheme was put on hold in February, following pressure from the food industry. And [...]

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7 lessons from a health journalist on ‘outing his black dog’ of depression

Journalist Sean Parnell -  health and freedom of information editor at The Australian – recently wrote a very personal piece about having depression. In it, he describes its onset and impact and how, with the support of family and health professionals, he has sought to “tighten the leash on this black dog”.  He notes: One [...]

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Medical Board responds to concerns about new social media policy

Earlier this week Croakey published an open letter from Victorian surgeon Jill Tomlinson to the Medical Board of Australia expressing concern about a “lack of understanding of social media communication” shown in its proposed guidelines for advertising regulated health services that will take effect next month. Of particular concern, she said, was that medical practitioners [...]

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‘No comment’: now the Medical Board tests social media landscape with advertising guidelines

The release in 2012 of a preliminary consultation paper on a social media policy for health professionals by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) prompted a fast and fierce social media storm. As Croakey reported at the time, the document – which was later revised – took a fairly dim view of social media, [...]

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Here is a treasure trove of ideas and resources on health communications

For those who weren’t able to follow the conversation at @WePublicHealth last week, summarised below are some of the useful ideas and resources shared by Ross Green and Eliza Metcalfe, who work in Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Community Child Health in Melbourne and tweet as @_HealthyComms. They made the case that health communications [...]

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Medicare Locals under review: what Croakey contributors (and others) want to see, and what they fear

The future of Australia’s fledgling Medicare Locals – set up to integrate the fragmented primary health care sector – is officially under review. Many of those with a stake in that future rushed to lodge submissions by the December 23 deadline, following the long-awaited mid-December announcement on the review by Health Minister Peter Dutton which [...]

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GP visit co-payment proposal “puts most vulnerable and primary prevention at risk”

After months of quiet on the health front in the wake of the federal election, health policy debate lit up like a Christmas tree over the festive season in response to the announcement by Health Minister Peter Dutton of the review of Medicare Locals and his surprise flagging of the possibility of co-payments for bulk-billed [...]

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What is your dream headline for 2014? What would you like to achieve in the New Year? Please add your thoughts to these below…

In the compilation post below, Croakey contributors look back on how their professional practice changed in 2013, and look forward to the headlines they would like to see in 2014, as well as sharing their professional goals for the New Year.  **** Sydney GP Dr Tim Senior Q: Have you changed or developed your professional [...]

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“It is like the chicken talking to the duck”: health literacy conference participants call for a user-friendly health system

This is the final report from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. It covers: Gaps in services for cancer patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. A consumer health advocate’s call for more responsive health services. Feedback from conference participants, including advice for health professionals to “stop telling and start [...]

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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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