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“We have a voice, and people are listening” – wrapping #IPCHIV14 and #AIDS2014

Marie McInerney reports: Among the stars at AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, were Bill Clinton, Bob Geldof and, perhaps lesser known outside HIV circles, Professor Françoise Barré Sinoussi, outgoing President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Nobel Laureate who co-discovered HIV. So Simoussi’s formal visit to the Indigenous Networking [...]

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Frontline health, legal services, and what’s crucial behind them

The Federal Government talks much about shifting funding to “frontline services - where people need them”. It sounds obvious, until we look at what’s lost from the backline. In the first of two posts below, doctor and lawyer Dr Fiona Lander looks at new restrictions on law reform advocacy by community legal centres (CLCs). Noting the [...]

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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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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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NSW’s tough new drink-related laws to have biggest impact on Aboriginal people & in the bush

Tough new laws for drink-related offences in New South Wales will have a disproportionate effect on Aboriginal people, says Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker, the magazine produced by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Her editorial from the magazine’s latest edition says tough on-the-spot fines will be a particular burden in rural and regional areas like [...]

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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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Alcohol in NSW – After the party

The NSW government has recently responded to public concern about alcohol fuelled violence and introduced a range of measures aimed at reducing such behaviour.  In this article, Professor Mike Daube of Curtin University and Director, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, suggests that while this is a beginning there is much more to be done.   [...]

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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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Sounding the public health alarm about criminalisation of homosexuality in India

The Indian government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court in India, asking it to review its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalises homosexuality. Melbourne-based public health lawyer Dr Fiona Lander, who has previously worked in India, explains below why the criminalisation of homosexuality (in many countries a legacy of British colonial [...]

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What is the evidence on involuntary treatment for people with schizophrenia?

Are our policies and laws leading to treatment delays for people with schizophrenia? It seems so, suggests a review of the evidence around involuntary treatment orders, conducted by the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research and Schizophrenia Research Institute. *** Time for a rethink around involuntary treatment for people with schizophrenia Dr Anne-marie Boxall writes: [...]

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