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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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The Health Wrap: Workplace mental health, an Indigenous health mix-bag, and health budget predictions

By Melissa Davey Employee well-being is being addressed, but needs work Mental health in the workplace is becoming an increasingly discussed issue as mental illness becomes less stigmatised, and workplaces are seen as key partners in its prevention and treatment. Writing for Croakey, Jaelea Skehan and Brian Kelly say it is promising to see workplaces given a [...]

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On climate change and human survival: this is an emergency (and how health professionals might respond)

“Climate change could make humans extinct warns health expert” – this is a headline ahead of today’s launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Impacts volume of the Fifth Assessment Report. This headline represents news that is also not news. We know this. We have been told and told. Again and again. It’s [...]

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Contributors sought for “Indigihealth International” – a new blogazine sharing knowledge and experience in Indigenous health

Ray Gates, an Aboriginal physiotherapist based at the Gold Coast, who was the inaugural president of the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists Inc., is launching a “blogazine” to cover Indigenous health issues with a global perspective. Thanks to Ray (who tweets as @raymondgates) for taking time to answer “Ten Questions with [...]

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What did the Marches in March reveal about community health concerns? And the global picture…

So much of the dialogue around health is top-down, driven by the interests of institutions, professionals, corporates, governments, and others with traditional forms of power. The recent series of Marches in March can be explored from many different angles, but one is the opportunity they brought for the community to speak up on health concerns. [...]

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Medicare Locals face a political and public relations battle

A recent article in the News Ltd press demonstrates the political, media and public relations challenges facing Medicare Locals (MLs) in the review of their roles and functions, currently being overseen by former Chief Medical Officer Dr John Horwath. The article extensively covers the AMA’s submission to the review, including the results of a ‘survey’ undertaken by the AMA on [...]

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Herald Sun newspaper castigated over alarmist reporting of public health programs

Back off. Your reporting is a menace to public health. That is the general thrust of the message to the Herald Sun newspaper from UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis, following alarmist coverage of Victorian Government plans to introduce needle and syringe vending machines in Melbourne. In the article below, Alvis calls on the Herald Sun to [...]

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A new magazine that may be of interest to readers with an interest in social enterprise

I thought this new Pozible fund-raiser for a not-for-profit magazine that plans to profile social enterprises may be of interest to some Croakey readers. The founder John Hancock has provided this blurb: The Elephant Magazine is a not-for-profit national magazine that will publish the stories and lessons of people working to improve our environment and [...]

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A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

When journalists and others are reporting on the difficulties that people in rural and remote areas face in accessing mental health services, it is important to keep the big picture in mind, says Professor Tim Carey, a mental health academic at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. *** Behind the headlines on rural [...]

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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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