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From 12 patients to 10,000: building an Indigenous health success story

Marie McInerney reports: Twenty years ago, only 12 Indigenous people attended the Inala Community Health Centre, a primary care service in a south-western Brisbane suburb where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were estimated to make up eight per cent of the local population. Clinical director Associate Professor Noel Hayman commissioned an Indigenous community focus [...]

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Three Indigenous doctors share the stories of their journeys into medicine

Marie McInerney reports: One of the much loved traditions at the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association conference each year is the presentation to new medical graduates of special stethoscopes – in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. This year, for the first time, they also marked an intergenerational milestone. Australia’s first Indigenous [...]

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The Koori Woman: Sharing stories of pain, and of strength (trigger alert)

Kelly Briggs writes: My first suicide attempt was when I was still a teenager. I had been in a serious relationship that had ended badly, included domestic violence and drastically reduced my self-esteem. When the relationship ended I was jubilant to the point of ecstasy. It wasn’t until months later that a depressive downward spiral [...]

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Defining and responding to everyday racism

Racism is a sensitive and challenging issue but one which needs to be addressed by all of us working within the health system if we are to ensure all people can have equal access to health care.  In this thoughtful analysis of casual and everyday racism, collaborators Daniel Reeders and Suzanne Nguyen discuss how experiences [...]

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How a new film looks to change the tobacco story of Arnhem Land

Ngarali: the tobacco story of Arnhem Land is a documentary (click on the photo above) produced to address the high rates of smoking (around 70 per cent) amongst the Yolgnu people of East Arnhem Land. As its makers say: This  resource  is  unique  in  that  it  brings  together  new  knowledge  in  health  communications  and  behavioural  [...]

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Indigenous leaders plea to PM Abbott to step in on “chaotic” policy, funding environment

Updated to include statement below from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) on concerns about discriminatory changes to the way some Aboriginal organisations will be required to incorporate, and from the Close the Gap Steering Committee on cuts to anti-smoking programs. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders have called on Prime [...]

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The Sins Of The Other Or Silence Of The Self? Ebola In West Africa

Viewing the global community’s response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa in its historical context, Alexandra Phelan argues that it forms part of a pattern of treating infectious diseases as ‘the other’. She believes that this view has impacted upon the lack of pro-active action from the developed world to fix [...]

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J’Accuse: call on health professionals to speak out on Australia’s asylum seeker policies

Australian psychiatrist and researcher Professor Louise Newman, director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, has long led the way on the devastating impact of detention on asylum seekers, particularly children. She is spokeswoman for this open letter, signed by more than 200 prominent doctors, lawyers, academics and refugee advocates, that [...]

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“The accidental logic of health policy in Australia” – some progressive ideas for reform

A new book aims to provide an antidote to policy failures arising out of “an ideology built upon faith in markets and a distrust of governments”. The authors of the health chapter, Professor Fran Baum and Professor Judith Dwyer, summarise below their contribution to Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendency.  “Overall, our message echoes [...]

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Our conversation about racism should not stop now the RDA is safe

You may have heard the sound of corks popping on Twitter yesterday when news broke that the Federal Government has dropped planned changes to the Racial Discrimination Act that had been opposed by many public health experts and community groups and members. On Monday night, Liberal MP Ken Wyatt told ABC TV’s Q and A [...]

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