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Will there be a Royal Commission into premature deaths caused by the Federal Budget?

Professor Peter Brooks, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne writes: Imagine the future: HEADLINE STORY FROM THE NEW AGE NEWSPAPER MARCH 10TH 2025 ‘ABBOTT AND HOCKEY APPEAR BEFORE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO PREMATURE DEATHS CAUSED BY THE FALLOUT OF THE 2014 BUDGET’ “Ex PM Tony Abbott and ex Treasurer Joe Hockey faced rigorous [...]

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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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#Tacklingracism: urgent priorities for children in out-of-home care and immigration detention

A recent symposium investigating how racism affects children and young people has issued a closing statement highlighting urgent priorities to address health and wellbeing. The statement from the Racism and the health and wellbeing of children and youth: understanding impacts, finding solutions symposium points to the need for campaigns that focus on creating sustainable attitudinal and [...]

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The Health Wrap: nutrition news; research milestones; prescribing problems

What’s new in public health? Following a drop in public health expenditure by OECD nations during the global financial crisis, spending is beginning to gather pace again, according to an article on Public Finance International website. In Australia, there is some good news emerging from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Ross Gittins wrote [...]

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FIFO/DIDO workers and health services in rural & remote Australia

The rapid growth in the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) workforce in Australia’s rural and remote areas has been accompanied by claims that FIFO/DIDO workers, particularly miners and other resources sector workers, place substantial burdens on rural/remote health services. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service examines the [...]

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Book review: “Commendable” reading on climate change and equity

As we call for entries in the next edition of The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition (see here for details of the mental health-related topic), it is timely to reflect back on the inaugural competition’s topic of climate change and equity. Many thanks to Emeritus Professor Tony McMichael for taking the time to review the [...]

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MENTAL HEALTH |

Freedom to worship: except when there’s a Q of anti-Muslim opposition

Much outrage has erupted recently in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo over a proposal to build a mosque, with a local councillor defending her decision to vote against it: “My comment that I wouldn’t want to live next door to a mosque, also stands. Although it must be noted that I’d not like to [...]

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Entries sought for essay competition focusing on mental health

  Entries are invited for the 2nd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition. The topic is: The social and cultural determinants of mental health: collective responsibilities; individualism; austerity; entitlements. The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition is a joint project of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Croakey, and Inside Story, [...]

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Public forum to focus on #CulturalSolutions to preventing suicides in Indigenous communities

The Healing Foundation is convening a public forum with live streaming in Canberra on Friday morning, called Cultural Solutions: Understanding Suicide. The forum will focus on the effects of trauma and how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are applying cultural solutions to promote healing in communities. You are invited to join the discussion online [...]

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Tackle racism in schools – amongst other things, it might boost Indigenous children’s attendance

Marie McInerney reports on a recent symposium investigating how racism affects children and young people: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that getting children to school is his “highest priority” in Indigenous affairs and it’s one that most agree is vital. But research is showing he may need to look beyond current policies that are focused on [...]

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