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Challenge to Canberra to act on alcohol promotion to young people, open up on (de)funding decisions

If the Federal Government truly wants to act on its concern about alcohol fuelled violence – and allay public fears about industry influence over its health policies – then it has been given an opportunity in today’s recommendations from the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) to curb advertising of alcohol to young people. How [...]

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Medicare Locals under review: what Croakey contributors (and others) want to see, and what they fear

The future of Australia’s fledgling Medicare Locals – set up to integrate the fragmented primary health care sector – is officially under review. Many of those with a stake in that future rushed to lodge submissions by the December 23 deadline, following the long-awaited mid-December announcement on the review by Health Minister Peter Dutton which [...]

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What is your dream headline for 2014? What would you like to achieve in the New Year? Please add your thoughts to these below…

In the compilation post below, Croakey contributors look back on how their professional practice changed in 2013, and look forward to the headlines they would like to see in 2014, as well as sharing their professional goals for the New Year.  **** Sydney GP Dr Tim Senior Q: Have you changed or developed your professional [...]

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Profiling the journal articles and reports that packed the most useful punch in 2013

Articles on climate change, pharmaceutical industry manipulation of research, and Indigenous health were among those nominated by Croakey contributors as the most useful journal articles or reports that they read in 2013. Associate Professor Peter Sainsbury, University of Sydney Meinshausen and colleagues’ extended letter in Nature in 2009, Greenhouse-gas emission targets for limiting global warming to [...]

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Croakey contributors review the highs and the lows of this year’s health news

When Croakey contributors were asked to identify the most significant health news this past year, many nominated the change of Federal Government. The recently announced Federal funding cuts – outlined in the Midyear Economic and Fiscal Outlook Statement – suggest this will likely also be the dominant health story for 2014. The Australian Healthcare and [...]

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Catherine King on ADCA axing

Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King adds her voice to the criticism of the Government’s decision to axe ADCA. She writes: The Abbott Government’s knee-capping last week of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council (ADCA) is more than a blow to how we deal with one of our most challenging problems.  It shows a worrying [...]

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Alcohol “policy pause” as funding cut for the peak alcohol and drug agency

Australia’s peak alcohol and drug agency, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), learned early this week that it was being defunded, forcing it into voluntary administration. In a statement, ADCA said the decision by Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash “ignores previous undertakings and commitment” about ongoing funding to 2015. In the article [...]

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Simon Chapman honoured as Skeptic of the Year: a good time to look back on the historic tobacco plain packaging campaign

The Australian Skeptics awarded their Skeptic of the Year award to Professor Simon Chapman (one of Croakey’s “founding fathers”) on Saturday night. The Skeptic of the Year goes to the individual or group that has done the most for skepticism in Australia during the last year. The accompanying release announcing the award said: “Prof Chapman, [...]

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A call for governments at all levels to get their acts together on public health

In a recent article, health policy analyst Lesley Russell suggested that Australia could learn from the achievements of public health champions in the US like Michael Bloomberg, and that we should be seeking to have public health leaders elected into positions of influence. In responding to her article, Todd Harper, the CEO of Cancer Council [...]

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Health debate echoes past and shows no vision for more reform

Professor Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program at the Grattan Institute, provides his take on the debate between Tanya Plibersek and Peter Dutton at the National Press Club yesterday.  This article was originally published in The Conversation and is reproduced here with permission. Today, the National Press Club hosted a debate between minister for [...]

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