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A call for transformative decolonisation of the health sector

To overcome health inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Australia and New Zealand, health professionals and their institutions need to take a long, hard look at themselves and their biases, according to public health physician Dr Rhys Jones. Health professionals, health care organisations and educational institutions must commit to the lifelong, transformative ‘unlearning’ processes [...]

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Media reports of HIV can be part of the problem – or the solution

Trevor Cullen writes:  Research has shown that if used effectively, the media can play an important role in lessening fear and stigma about HIV – the biggest obstacles to seeking information and treatment about the disease. Yet media coverage of this important health issue remains patchy and sensationalist. Take the case of the western Victorian dentist who discovered [...]

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What works in suicide prevention? Previewing #NSPC14

The role of all sectors in preventing suicide will be under the spotlight at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth next week.  Some of the challenges for researchers in evaluating suicide prevention measures are examined in the preview article below by freelance writer Matthew Giles, who will cover the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting [...]

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Being a racist or just saying stupid things? An invitation to journalists to consider the difference

An opinion piece titled ‘How racist are you?’ published last week in the Sydney Morning Herald by one of its journalists, Mark Sawyer, showed we have a long way still to go in Australia in our  understanding of racism and privilege. In the post below, researcher Dr Naomi Priest looks at the issues the article [...]

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Wonky Health – calling for your ideas for engaging, worthwhile investigations

Thanks to the generosity of 157 donors (at last count), Croakey will soon launch a new column, Wonky Health, by Dr Tim Senior. The column will investigate the impact of policies upon the health of people and communities, particularly those who are most vulnerable. It is taking a “health in all policies” approach to journalistic investigations. Now, [...]

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#MarchinMay protests point to growing opposition to #Budget2014 health, welfare impacts

With the headline “Ferals revolting“, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph couldn’t resist the way it characterised the weekend’s #MarchinMay protests, which saw tens of thousands of people marching in cities across Australia against last week’s Federal Budget: Among the beanie-wearing, dreadlocked throng of welfare recipients and professional protesters, some looked out of place. One of those was [...]

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A note to media outlets & journalists about your impact upon Indigenous health

Media organisations and journalists need to reconsider how they report on alcohol and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, says Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman and public health researcher. *** Is the media making us sick? Summer May Finlay writes: Risky drinking occurs at a similar rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [...]

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#IHMayDay: 1 day of Twitter action, 15+ hours on Indigenous health issues, 26m impressions, trending No 1 nationally

It was surely what Twitter was made for – a national day of Twitter action that had discussions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues trending nationally – scoring nearly 26 million impressions (see The Influencers pic below) and more than once rating as the number one Australian Twitter topic (below). Indigenous and non-Indigenous [...]

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How the media shapes Indigenous policy & other insights on policy/comms from #NCO14

A presentation yesterday on the relationship between media coverage and Indigenous policy-making was timely in the lead-up to this week’s #IHMayDay Twitter day of action for Indigenous health. It will no doubt also serve as a pointer to the forthcoming Federal Budget on what sorts of cuts it may deliver to Indigenous funding (given Warren [...]

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Is satire a useful tool for climate change communications? (And some F-bombing)

Some days the climate change debate is so awfully absurd that it’s a toss up between whether to laugh or cry. Most days, in fact. On one hand, we hear that leaders of the IMF, World Bank and UN are pushing for a price on carbon, and that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for an [...]

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