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Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues – new report

The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is Australia’s most urgent and serious health challenge.  Despite this fact, Indigenous issues barely rated a mention in the Federal Government’s most recent Budget.  This, however, does not mean that Indigenous communities are unaffected by the Budget measures.  In fact there are a broad range of impacts [...]

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Coke really is part of the solution! And not just for obesity…

Outsourcing our foreign aid to the Coca Cola corporation sounds like something The Chaser would come up with but in fact it’s a proposal being seriously floated by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  In the following piece Dr Melissa Stoneham discusses this idea and explains why Coca Cola’s impact on health in developing countries is no [...]

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What does marriage equality mean for the Australian health system?

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) on marriage equality has been heralded as a milestone in addressing discrimination against people in same-sex partnerships and also broader issues of injustice affecting the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allied (LGBTIQA) communities.   The implications for health care may not [...]

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Shame and Disgrace in the Governance of Food and Nutrition Policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The failure of successive governments to act on improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a “shame and disgrace”, according to University of Newcastle researcher Dr Mark Lock. In an exhaustive investigation of the fate of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010, he [...]

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Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

A stack of health-related inquiries and reports have been released that may be of interest to Croakey readers. Plus, some human rights ranting to follow… • The second interim report of the Senate Select Committee inquiring into health policies raised concerns about the damage being done to primary health care by Federal funding cuts. Cuts [...]

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New report illustrates “the collision” of economic, health and social agendas

A new report from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) investigating the increasing inequality of income and wealth is an important resource for those working to improve the community’s health, according to public health experts. “Finally there is recognition that economic, health and social agendas are colliding,” write Professor Fran Baum and Professor Sharon Friel [...]

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#IHMayDay15 Longread: Trending by breakfast, talking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, healing, justice, media & MORE

#IHMayDay15 took over Twitter on May 29 with a day of action and listening on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It ran for more than 15 hours, was trending in Queensland by 8am and nationally through the day, featured 15 moderators and generated nearly 50 million Twitter impressions by [...]

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“We need to spend more on preventive health.” So let’s slash it….

One of the “overarching concerns” raised by those who contributed suggestions to the Reform of the Federation Discussion Paper was “that there is insufficient funding directed to preventive health”. Meanwhile, a major obesity prevention initiative is about to get the chop. The Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites (CO-OPS Collaboration) – whose funding stops on [...]

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Powerful alliances pushing for action on climate change, locally and globally

In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Summit #COP21 in Paris later this year, the demands for effective climate action will grow ever louder. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age are among 25 media organisations to join a new global publishers network with the aim of extending their coverage of climate change through [...]

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Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres

Australia’s peak health professional bodies have voiced collective concern about the “appalling secrecy provisions” in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professionals who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres. In a joint statement released on World Refugee Day, the peak bodies [...]

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