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A challenge to Australia: make sure every child has access to affordable healthy food

Marie McInerney reports: Here’s a challenge to Australian politicians, leading food retailers like Woolworths and Coles and perhaps consumers: make sure that every child in the country has access to affordable fruit and vegetables by 2017, “whatever their postcode”. It was laid down last week by global health campaigner Alessandro Demaio who says Australia can’t [...]

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Yes Minister performance on food industry conflict earns Assistant Health Minister Nash a censure

Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash has been censured by the Senate for misleading it and refusing to produce documentation on the “undertakings” given by her former chief of staff Alastair Furnival to “separate him” from his former role as a food industry lobbyist. The censure, supported by Labor and the Greens, has no “direct constitutional [...]

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Your relationship with scales…..

Those of us who have more than once decided to watch our weight, know that the bathroom scales can be both friend and foe. Consequently advice on how often those who are dieting should check their weight varies.  In this PHAIWA JournalWatch, Dr Melissa Stoneham explores a recent study on the impact of watching the [...]

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Dutton signals major Medicare reform

In his first major speech on his vision for health reform (to CEDA) and follow-up interview on the ABC’s 7.30 Report, Health Minister Peter Dutton has signalled major changes to the Australian health system, including an increasing role for private health insurance and the private sector, a broad cost-cutting agenda and a focus on preventable and ‘lifestyle-related’ [...]

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Wrapping the latest news on public health and people power

Tackling racism With so much talk about the need to address the social determinants of health, it’s good to see an effort to tackle an important problem that affects so many people. A new app highlights the debilitating effects of “everyday racism”, according to this statement from Deakin University, and encourages people to live for [...]

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The World Health Organisation takes a tough stand on sugar. It’s about time we listened.

Thanks to David Gillespie, author of Sweet Poison, for providing this update on the WHO’s latest report on sugar. The special interest groups will no doubt be raising their voices in the not too distant future. Readers might also be interested in this recent publication on the relationship between financial conflict of interest and research [...]

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Bicycle Network responds to criticism on its partnership with Coca-Cola

The decision by Bicycle Network to enter into a partnership with Coca-Cola has attracted strong criticism from public health experts. “How can Bicycle Network promote healthy lifestyle messages to the community while riding tandem with Coca-Cola at the same time?” asked one of its members, Ross Green, in this Croakey post. “Surely this undermines a [...]

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Why we need to avoid peddling Coke

Todd Harper, CEO of Cancer Council Victoria writes: Almost 15,000 people recently took part in the annual Around the Bay ride in Melbourne. It was my eighth time participating in the event and I am always amazed by the large numbers of people of all ages and background who participate. Bike-riding and a healthy free-wheeling [...]

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As Mexico raises the bar in public health policy, Australia contemplates an ever-expanding waistline

In the US, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging city councils, state legislatures and Congress to consider taxing soft drinks, in the wake of Mexico’s landmark new “soda” tax. San Francisco is reportedly heading in this direction (depending on the outcome of a ballot this month), proposing that a tax on [...]

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The Health Wrap: Tackling big picture public health issues

Major public health issues facing Australians have been in the spotlight this fortnight including mental health, obesity and rising costs of healthcare. On a more light-hearted note, all you scientific evidence and health nerds may enjoy this video. Happy Friday. Overlooked areas of mental health It’s always appropriate to talk about how we can improve [...]

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