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“Like all anti-racism efforts, our campaign confronted and challenged some people…”

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, writes: beyondblue recently released findings of an independent evaluation of the Stop. Think. Respect. ‘Invisible Discriminator’ campaign, which showed increased awareness of racial discrimination in people who had seen the ads. The campaign was launched in July last year to highlight the link between psychological distress and subtle racism. It hit the [...]

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The Health Wrap: Forgotten election issues, Indigenous funding reprieve, mind-eating ice, Medicare debate not dead yet

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as [...]

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A prescription for better rural health from young leaders

Representatives from 28 university Rural Health Clubs gathered in Melbourne recently for the annual council meeting of the National Rural Health Students’ Network. Their new Chair, David Khoo, reports for Croakey on what matters most to the future leaders of rural health: Good health should be a given in a country as wealthy as Australia. [...]

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The next NSW Government must stop the squeeze on community mental health services

The next NSW Government must make health services much more accountable for their use of mental health funding, and deliver major new investment in community mental health services, according to psychiatrist Alan Rosen, Professorial Fellow, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong. *** Alan Rosen writes: It’s a familiar [...]

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Mental health groups unite in concern over funding uncertainty

Anxiety caused by uncertainty and chaos in federal policy is not limited to the Indigenous affairs portfolio; mental health groups have united to express concern for the uncertainty facing many community mental health services. The letter below was delivered to the offices of the Prime Minister and Health Minister yesterday afternoon. (For further background, see [...]

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The Forgotten Children in detention: “Enough is enough”, say AHRC, Malcolm Fraser, public health experts, nurses, psychiatrists….

Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has issued a statement via the Refugee Action Committee condemning the Federal Government’s response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘The Forgotten Children‘ report on children in detention. Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched an extraordinary attack on the Commission and its president Gillian Triggs, saying they should be ashamed [...]

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Being online – is it bad for your health?

If you’re reading this post while you’re eating lunch – don’t! Or breakfast or dinner. Please, pay attention to your food and then go for a walk, if you can. But do come back and consider some important and, yes, challenging thoughts and research about the way we spend time online. *** Dr Lareen Newman [...]

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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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‘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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