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Senate report shows why Australia needs to talk about inequality

This week a report on global wealth from Oxfam is making headlines ahead of the World Economic Forum. The report states that the world’s 80 richest people now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. If you think that sort of  inequality is not an issue here, consider that in Australia the [...]

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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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Walkley Awards: catch up on some of Australia’s best journalism

The siege of the Lindt cafe in Sydney late last year showcased some of the best and worst aspects of journalism in Australia, with surely the top prize for poor taste going to our most powerful media man, Rupert Murdoch, for his tweet just hours after its tragic resolution: Much already has been written about the [...]

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“Try a little kindness” and other collective resolutions for 2015

The resolutions that we make for a New Year, whether as a collective or individually, can be quite revealing. The compilation below, of Croakey contributors’ resolutions for 2015, give a good sense of their priorities and concerns. *** Q: What New Year’s resolution would you like to see Australia make (as a collective)? Stop being [...]

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For those with a concern for public health, what were the highs and lows of 2014?

If we look back at 2014, perhaps we gain some insights that might help in steering a better 2015. In the post below, Croakey contributors nominate the highs of the past year – including how some countries and volunteers responded to the Ebola crisis in west Africa, and a resurgence of concern about climate change [...]

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Some pithy advice for Minister Ley, and sharp assessments of Minister Dutton

Now that we have a new Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, (who stands out in this picture for all the wrong reasons), what advice can we offer? And how will Peter Dutton’s time as Health Minister be remembered? Perhaps Minister Ley – who has promised to focus on improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres [...]

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Abbott reshuffles Ministry: Dutton to Immigration, Ley to Health, Morrison to Social Services

Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced a reshuffle of his Ministry, that has seen Peter Dutton move from Health to Immigration and replaced by Sussan Ley, former Assistant Minister for Education, who becomes the second woman in Cabinet (alongside Foreign Minister Julie Bishop). His statement announcing the moves said: The Hon Peter Dutton MP will [...]

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“I’m a Health Worker, student & am homeless, by choice”: insight into the lives of Darwin’s street people.

The post below offers a unique insight into the lives of street people in Darwin, where ‘long grassers’ are often regarded as a blight on the community, denied access to toilets, showers and other facilities. The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to encourage better responses to street people and particularly urge academics to [...]

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World Medical Association urges climate change action as PM Tony Abbott gets a timely Xmas gift

The World Medical Association is urging governments to commit to an ambitious and binding climate agreement to protect public health, after last week’s COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru concluded with limited progress toward a deal in 2015. See the full statement below, which commits to “ensuring that the medical community is actively engaged in advocacy [...]

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Widening the gap: if they complain, who will hear them? On the loss of IRIS to remote communities

The Federal Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) this week brought more bad news for health agencies and programs, at home and internationally. There was also much concern that the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) will cease operations at the end of this year. In the post below, David Russell, Director of [...]

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