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Wonky Health has found new jobs for Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and some of their Ministerial colleagues

Inspired public health leadership is hardly the hallmark of the Abbott Government. But if the Government wanted a “complete health makeover” (and even some of its own MPs seem to favour this), then Dr Tim Senior has some ideas for a political revolution – to be lead by a Prime Minister for Health. His latest [...]

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#illridewithyou: more than just a hashtag

          When people around the world responded to the recent tragic attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by using the Twitter hashtag #jesuischarlie it became impossible to deny the potential of social media to harness and galvanize public opinion on current events.   This followed on from Australia’s experience only a month or so earlier when the #illridewithyou hashtag was used in [...]

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What does 2015 have in store for the health system?

As more of us head home from holidays and start back at work for the year, it is timely to turn our thoughts towards the health policy landscape for 2015 and to share our own individual commitments to improve health care within our spheres of influence.  As you can see from the following piece, when [...]

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Water fluoridation: why is it still being debated?

For most Australians, the public controversy over fluoridating their water supply is a distant memory, if they remember it at all, but there are still parts of Australia where this demonstrably safe and effective health measure is strongly resisted. It’s a classic case of emotion and scaremongering winning out over evidence-based studies.  In the following [...]

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Paying tribute to Dr Nigel Gray, a pioneer of global tobacco control

Tributes to the late Dr Nigel Gray AO are being inscribed here on the Cancer Council Victoria website, and the World Health Organization has also published a warm acknowledgement of one of the “pioneers and cutting edge thinkers” of its global tobacco control network. In the article below, Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health at the Melbourne [...]

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Portraying suicide: research on UK arts coverage & shifts in stage and screen practice in Australia

Australian research has found an increase in the quality of suicide reporting (and the total number of reports) following the release of the Mindframe guidelines for journalists. There have been similar moves in the UK, but an interesting research paper recently – Suicide reporting within British newspapers’ arts coverage: content analysis of adherence to media guidelines [...]

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Waiting for Godot: Bushfires, heat and climate change – a doctor’s compelling view from the #SAfires

  The fearsome spectre of Ash Wednesday hung over the Adelaide Hills for five days this week as firefighters battled to control the worst bushfires so far in Australia this summer. Now South Australia, and elsewhere, prepares for flooding rains. It was a very tense time for Dr David Shearman, Honorary Secretary of  Doctors for [...]

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‘Removing the Emperor’s Clothes’ review: how Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws were won

As this post below points out, we get a lot of books about party politics and politicians, and not so many about public policy. But last year at least saw the publication of Removing the emperor’s clothes: Australia and tobacco plain packaging by Simon Chapman and Becky Freeman (which made the list of 2014′s recommended reads by Croakey [...]

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Budget revenue/savings ideas beyond GST on food: GST on private health, insurance, pay private hospitals not private insurers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is still saying there will be no changes to the GST in this term of government, but given we’ve heard the odd broken promise before, it’s fair to say the issue needs a close watch, particularly as the Federal Government struggles with its next Budget. Changes to the GST got another, [...]

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Federal Govt faces doctors rallying in waiting rooms, streets over Medicare co-payment Plan B

The Federal Government is facing the prospect of doctors marching on the streets against its latest Medicare package – possibly ahead of the Queensland state election on January 31 where health cuts are already on the agenda. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) yesterday signalled it was launching a campaign to put a stop to the [...]

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