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New report shows economic benefits for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

A new report has demonstrated the economic benefits of the 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and reveals they provide a range of quality employment and education opportunities for Aboriginal people and boost local economies.   Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations launched the report at the National Press Club in Canberra [...]

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#Tasvotes: Milestones in the journey to getting social determinants, health & wellbeing on the political agenda

In a second Croakey post for Saturday’s Tasmanian election, Graeme Lynch, CEO of the Heart Foundation in Tasmania, describes the results of concerted advocacy campaign over the past five years in Tasmania to convince political parties to address the social determinants of health. Lynch believes the campaign has generated a paradigm shift in thinking towards [...]

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Tasmania votes: ‘Joining the dots to find anything resembling a social determinants of health policy’

Yesterday Croakey previewed this Saturday’s South Australian election through a public health/social determinants of health lens, with an analysis by Professor Fran Baum of the Labor Government’s record and what the parties are saying on health. Today Miriam Herzfeld, convenor of the Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network of Tasmania, looks at the state of [...]

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Global manifestos & calls to arms on health, equity, gender, climate: ‘Act in the world with a sense of eternity’.

Need some inspiration on global justice, health, and equity? The past week or so has brought some powerful interventions from The Lancet, the World Health Organisation and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on how we should inhabit this planet and how and where we are failing. ‘A new vision for planetary health’ British medical [...]

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Finland: 10 Pillars for an optimal childhood

My just-turned-5-year-old son has been at school for less than three weeks but already he has taken part in a standardised testing process for literacy and numeracy, compulsory for all government schools in the ACT.  The Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) test, no doubt the first of many he will undertake during his education, [...]

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GP visit co-payment proposal “puts most vulnerable and primary prevention at risk”

After months of quiet on the health front in the wake of the federal election, health policy debate lit up like a Christmas tree over the festive season in response to the announcement by Health Minister Peter Dutton of the review of Medicare Locals and his surprise flagging of the possibility of co-payments for bulk-billed [...]

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20 years after Burdekin: mental health a ‘circuit breaker’ for closing the Indigenous health gap

Twenty years ago the landmark Burdekin Report into the human rights of people with mental health issues identified a crisis in Indigenous communities with high rates of mental health and subtance abuse issues and a lack of culturally appropriate responses. Among its findings, which were released on 20 October 1993, were that: Mental illness amongst Indigenous Australians ’cannot be understood in the same terms’ as that [...]

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Reduced access to GPs for low SES consumers – Canadian study

Melissa Raven from PHC RIS provides this useful summary of a Canadian study into factors influencing access to health care. The paper stops short of recommending strategies to address its finding of reduced access for people from lower socio-economic groups but Croakey boldly suggests it makes a good case for a ‘low SES’ loading for [...]

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Sharp rise in youth homelessness shatters stereotypes

James Farrell, Lecturer in Law at Deakin University writes: The number of Australians who were homeless on census night increased by 17% to 105,237 in the five years to August 2011. When adjusted for population growth, the increase the increase is still worryingly high, at around 8%. It’s clear we need a stronger commitment to [...]

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Making the needs of the homeless a priority for health services

When the Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local decided to prioritise action on the social determinants of health, this led to an innovative partnership that has translated into much-needed services for homeless people. The project has shown both the high needs of this group of people, as well as the importance of collaborations, says Tam [...]

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