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Trading health? The role of health in foreign policy

In contrast to the widespread criticism of Australia’s response to the West African Ebola outbreak, our lack of action in combatting the chronic illnesses in developing countries receives little or no attention. In the following piece, Samantha Battams, Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University, discusses the role of health in foreign policy and [...]

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Aid cuts thwart action on NCDs

Many thanks to DevPolicyBlog and Sam Byfield for allowing us to republish this update on Australia’s role in the global response to Non-Communicable Diseases. Sam Byfield is a global health consultant, an Associate of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, and is completing a Masters in International Law at the University of Melbourne. Sam writes: [...]

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Exercise for older Australians: Could outdoor gyms be the answer?

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia for this latest instalment of Journal Watch. Dr Stoneham writes: My mum is a healthy 82 year old. She has eaten well all her life, had regular check-ups with her medical practitioners and although she wasn’t regularly active, rearing seven kids [...]

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The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained [...]

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Being online – is it bad for your health?

If you’re reading this post while you’re eating lunch – don’t! Or breakfast or dinner. Please, pay attention to your food and then go for a walk, if you can. But do come back and consider some important and, yes, challenging thoughts and research about the way we spend time online. *** Dr Lareen Newman [...]

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Our Health Our Way: celebrating NT connections between control, land, culture, employment, education, housing and health.

This article is the first in a series of three from the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) covering its Our Health Our Way Conference 2014 held recently in Alice Springs. — Aboriginal Community Controlled Health: Now more than ever 1973 was an unusually wet year in Central Australia. Staying dry without shelter was a [...]

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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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