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New report shows economic benefits for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

A new report has demonstrated the economic benefits of the 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and reveals they provide a range of quality employment and education opportunities for Aboriginal people and boost local economies.   Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations launched the report at the National Press Club in Canberra [...]

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On breaking down the barriers between health and legal issues: insights from @fionalander as @wepublichealth

In the chair last week at @wepublichealth, doctor and lawyer Dr Fiona Lander generated a lot of interest in the connections and crossover of legal and health issues, particularly for disadvantaged people. Fiona is currently working at Austin Health and Corrs Chambers Westgarth and on secondment with the Advocacy-Health Alliance Network at Justice Connect, assisting with [...]

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A step backwards for rural health

Rural communities will suffer from the closure of the Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF), according to key rural health bodies, including the National Rural Health Alliance.  The RHEF announced that it is to close its doors after 22 years of operations, due to a decline in government-contracted work.  “We are reluctant and very sad to [...]

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Aboriginal health is everybody’s business

The Croakey Conference Reporting Service’s last post from the Health Workforce Australia Conference details how the development of a culturally inclusive, interdisciplinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum framework is contributing to closing the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians.  A Health Workforce Australia (HWA) project [...]

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A compilation of tributes to Professor Gavin Mooney and Dr Delys Weston

(This post was updated with more tributes on 28 December, 2012, and 12 January, 2013. On January 14, details were added of a memorial service to be held in Tasmania on 20 January. See bottom of post). Some tributes to the late Professor Gavin Mooney and Dr Delys Weston have been left on a previous [...]

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Would more consistent, inclusive coverage of Indigenous health lead to better policy?

The relationship between media coverage and Indigenous policy making has been investigated in a comprehensive research project, whose findings were reported at a recent symposium at the University of Canberra. The findings suggest that a wider, more inclusive and more concerted media coverage of Indigenous affairs would have positive implications for policy and thus the [...]

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Queensland cuts are devastating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

The cuts to Queensland’s public health workforce are not only devastating for efforts to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; they undermine the work of individuals who have been striving to improve their skills, careers and futures. A conservative government “has just taken the bulldozer to one of its ideological cornerstones; [...]

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Pat Anderson delivers damning indictment of NT Intervention

Ms Pat Anderson, chairperson of the Lowitja Institute and co-author of the Little Children are Sacred inquiry’s report, has delivered a damning indictment of the NT intervention in a keynote address to an Aboriginal health research conference in Sydney this morning. I recommend reading her speech in full (PDF available here, titled “Research for a [...]

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The PM’s report on Closing the Gap report has plenty of holes

As previously reported, the Prime Minister recently released a report investigating what progress has been made in achieving targets for reducing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage around: • life expectancy • mortality rates for Indigenous children under five • access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities • reading, [...]

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A dirty great wrap of recent public health news from Twitter

This post is for those who haven’t yet realised that Twitter is a fantastic source of public health news. And it’s also for those who might have realised this, but don’t have time for Twitter-trawling. Below are links to recent news and reports found via Twitter about: food tobacco control public health health policy the [...]

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