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Choosing Wisely with The Naked Doctor

In his latest post for Croakey, The Naked Doctor, Justin Coleman, previews the Choosing Wisely campaign, due to launch in Australia in April.  This campaign focuses on cutting down the numbers of unnecessary medical tests and treatment and has been successful in the USA and Canada in reducing non-evidenced based interventions.  While a number of medical colleges [...]

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Portraying suicide: research on UK arts coverage & shifts in stage and screen practice in Australia

Australian research has found an increase in the quality of suicide reporting (and the total number of reports) following the release of the Mindframe guidelines for journalists. There have been similar moves in the UK, but an interesting research paper recently – Suicide reporting within British newspapers’ arts coverage: content analysis of adherence to media guidelines [...]

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Walkley Awards: catch up on some of Australia’s best journalism

The siege of the Lindt cafe in Sydney late last year showcased some of the best and worst aspects of journalism in Australia, with surely the top prize for poor taste going to our most powerful media man, Rupert Murdoch, for his tweet just hours after its tragic resolution: Much already has been written about the [...]

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For those with a concern for public health, what were the highs and lows of 2014?

If we look back at 2014, perhaps we gain some insights that might help in steering a better 2015. In the post below, Croakey contributors nominate the highs of the past year – including how some countries and volunteers responded to the Ebola crisis in west Africa, and a resurgence of concern about climate change [...]

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Peak medical groups vs individual advocates: who should GPs be listening to on the co-payment?

For a policy that ripped a significant chunk of funding out of general practice and, for many GPs, will mean more administrative hassles and possibly lower incomes, reaction to the Government’s copayment #2 policy from a number of stakeholder groups last week was extraordinarily mild.  In fact, the initial response from the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) [...]

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Urgently needed: voices for integrity in public policy making

This must-read article is cross-posted with permission from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. By Boyd Swinburn and Michael Moore: Society needs strong voices to promote public health and the integrity of policy-making processes. This is especially critical given the dominant paradigm of market-based solutions and the increasing conversion by transnational corporations [...]

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Rural health leader condemns ABC cuts

Cuts to the ABC are of critical concern to rural health advocates. Gordon Gregory, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Alliance, writes below that “Australia’s rural and remote people are yet again being denied access to essential services by centralised decisions which show every sign of being uninformed by the reality of rural [...]

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Budgetary cutbacks in dental services are hitting rural communities – & stay tuned for the health impacts of #ABCcuts

The ABC cuts announced today will have significant ramifications for the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities, an issue that will be explored at Croakey in coming days (in the meantime, see some of the tweets at the bottom of this post). Meanwhile, the wide-ranging impacts upon rural and remote communities of cuts [...]

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Lessons from an integrated care simulation – and charting some future directions for the health system

Jennifer Doggett and Marie McInerney report: What happens when you get about 85 health leaders into a room to workshop major health policy initiatives? That was the question the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) wanted to test at a recent Integrated Care Simulation, which aimed to turn Old Parliament House in Canberra into a [...]

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I Heart My People: some stories from behind the scenes

I Heart My People is a three-part documentary series on NITV (Weds 9.30pm), following several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and emergency professionals. Below are some of their stories (as provided by SBS). *** Stanley Ozies – Remote Aboriginal Health Worker, Derby I’m a Senior Aboriginal Health Worker at the Derby Aboriginal Health Service [...]

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