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The Health Wrap: revamping Medicare; Indigenous policy roadblocks; reforming mental health

By Frances Gilham Revamping Medicare: a mixed response News that the Government had stepped back from its $7 GP co-payment proposal and was hoping to replace it with a new, slightly changed package that still aimed for significant Budget savings was met with mixed reactions, with many in the healthcare sector arguing the plan was [...]

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Solving Complex Problems: Adaptation vs Attribution

Systems thinking is increasingly being used to address complex public health problems, such as obesity and addiction, which do not easily fit within traditional, more linear approaches.  The applications of systems thinking to public health are the subject of a new open-access, quarterly, online journal published by the Sax Institute. Systems thinking in public health [...]

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As nutritionists enable health-washing by Coca-Cola, a call to end unhealthy sponsorship

When Big Food companies engage in health-washing tactics, what are the consequences for the reputations of the health organisations and health professionals involved? It’s a question the Nutrition Society of Australia and its members might be pondering, after having Coca-Cola as a gold sponsor of their recent annual scientific meeting. As the World Cancer Congress [...]

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2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report: important gains, many risks, big gaps

The 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report has been released today. Regarded as the most comprehensive report on Indigenous wellbeing in Australia. it’s the sixth in a series that emerged out of the final report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 2000. See the snapshot of its key points here (pic below) and in this [...]

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The Health Wrap: holistic health systems; drug complexities; mental health, G20, Ebola, climate change

By Frances Gilham Striving for holistic health systems Conversations about Australia’s health system continued this fortnight, with the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association holding an ‘Integrated Care Simulation’, gathering 85 health leaders to workshop major health policy initiatives. Croakey reported on the event, saying a key theme that emerged from the role-playing exercise was the [...]

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Big Food, public health and sharing a table: food for thought or empty nutrients?

Just how much should public health engage with Big Food to tackle obesity?  Canadian health research leader Professor Diane Finegood, CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research,  led an initiative that provided “safe” (or private) spaces for Big Food to talk to public health – and says the results were surprising. Delivering the keynote [...]

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The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme [...]

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The economics are important but let’s not forget – health is a human right

The current Federal Government is very keen to tell us what our responsibilities are as citizens of this beautiful country. Apparently we need to engage in some “heavy lifting”  and there is some team or something we are supposed to join. When it comes to health care there is a rising tide of instruction. We must [...]

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Indigenous leaders plea to PM Abbott to step in on “chaotic” policy, funding environment

Updated to include statement below from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) on concerns about discriminatory changes to the way some Aboriginal organisations will be required to incorporate, and from the Close the Gap Steering Committee on cuts to anti-smoking programs. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders have called on Prime [...]

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The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]

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