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Pester Power proven

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham for this month’s JournalWatch. A little condolence for anyone who has ever experienced the joy of taking a toddler to the supermarket…. Dr Stoneham writes: Being a parent of two young children, I was often required to do my grocery shopping with the kids in tow. I remember one [...]

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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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The Health Wrap: Big tobacco arguments; fad diets and pills; fairness, equality and human rights

Big tobacco arguments This fortnight the plain packaging debate dominated the headlines, sparked by an article published a few weeks ago by The Australian claiming industry figures showed the legislation was failing to cut smoking rates. The Australian’s figures and motives were questioned by Media Watch, but the newspaper hit back and continued to argue [...]

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Living longer, but chronic disease toll rising: Australia’s 14th biennial health report card (and what of its own future?)

We are living longer, have lower death rates for cancer and many other diseases, and a health system that people say they are mostly happy with. But chronic diseases related to our ageing population as well as to lifestyles and health habits are taking an increasing toll. That’s the verdict of Australia’s Health 2014, the [...]

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On the demise of the COAG Reform Council, who will hold governments accountable for health outcomes?

While the health stats in the COAG Reform Council’s final health report are hitting the headlines today (including at Croakey),perhaps one of the more important aspects of the story is that this is the last such report. Like so many other agencies involved in reporting health and healthcare performance, the COAG Reform Council has been axed. [...]

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The Health Wrap: budget blues; the importance of culture; evidence-based mental health campaigns; examples of digital innovation

  By Frances Gilham Budget blues Budget debate and discussion continues to dominate the health news, with many commentators suggesting the proposals have ignored the evidence and don’t address structural system deficiencies. In an article for Medical Observer, UNSW academics have called for a trial period of the co-payment system so a comprehensive evaluation can [...]

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Letting your kids play: do we need to overcome the precious parent/advocate syndrome?

Croakey regularly features a “must read” article from the JournalWatch service of The Public Health Advocacy Institute WA. This month’s is particularly timely, following the release of the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The report card delivered Australian children a D minus, finding that 80 per [...]

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“Self righteous, class war-waging public health expert” strikes back on tobacco, alcohol and fat taxes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s former health adviser Terry Barnes appears to have the ear of the Federal Government, with his proposal for a $6 GP visit co-payment looking likely to be part of the May Budget. But he’s clearly been stung by criticism of the proposal by public health advocates, as shown in these recent [...]

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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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