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Health groups unite to support RECOGNISE HEALTH

It’s hard enough to get a handful of health groups to agree on anything but there is one cause important enough to unite over a hundred peak medical and health groups – the need to work together to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.   Today an important campaign is being launched at Parliament House in [...]

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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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INDIGENOUS HEALTH |

Celebrating some success in Tackling Indigenous Smoking

 Dr Tom Calma AO, National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking, responds to new smoking research with an update on the promising progress being made to tackle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco use and a reminder that more needs to be done if we are to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.  He writes:  New [...]

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Time as a social determinant of health

Daniel Reeders is a research officer with the What Works and Why project (w3project.org.au) at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. In this post he discusses a recent forum at Vic Health  on ‘Time as a social determinant of health’ and relates it to his personal experience working with a diverse range of [...]

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INDIGENOUS HEALTH |

Wonky Health goes out with a bang. And an investigation of Evidence-Based Voting

It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the state of Australian politics is deeply unsatisfying for those who care about evidence, outcomes and fairness. Perhaps it is time for a novel concept, Evidence-Based Voting? In the final instalment of his crowd-funded Wonky Health column, Dr Tim Senior investigates what difference it might make if [...]

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INDIGENOUS HEALTH |

The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained [...]

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INDIGENOUS HEALTH |

Where to after “profoundly disappointing” Closing the Gap report? Justice targets, renewed funding, and much much more

Pressure is growing on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to add justice targets to the nation’s Closing The Gap strategy to work to reduce the current rate of Indigenous incarceration – although he showed no signs of interest today as he handed down the “profoundly disappointing” 2015 Close the Gap report card. See the summary (pic, [...]

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Health policy reform: principles for reform & how to get there

It’s hard to pick where health policy will go now under the Federal Government, with a new Minister and the likely shift (mark 3?) on a GP co-payment – if not because they accept the evidence against it but because of the politics. But there was an interesting intervention in the lead up to this [...]

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‘Good government starts today’ What about good health policy? (asks the AMA for all of us)

It wasn’t a good start for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new, improved government after he survived the Liberal party room spill motion, with confusion from the get go about whether or not the GP co-payment proposal was finally going the way of his knighthood selections and the Parental Payment Scheme. The word, at least for [...]

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Seven years on from the Apology and how is the healing going?

  Here’s hoping the Canberra political air will clear enough this week from today’s Liberal leadership spill vote to allow a focus on the 7th annual Closing the Gap report from the Prime Minister, which is expected on Wednesday. This time last year Prime Minister Tony Abbott said there was “probably no aspect of public [...]

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