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Primary health care and public health lessons from classical opera

Inspired by Pinchgut Opera’s public health analysis of Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep, is this light-hearted look at five famous characters from classical opera, as they may have been treated by a (best practice) comprehensive primary health care service.  Scroll down for the identify of these dramatic patients and the public health lessons they can teach [...]

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“We have a voice, and people are listening” – wrapping #IPCHIV14 and #AIDS2014

Marie McInerney reports: Among the stars at AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, were Bill Clinton, Bob Geldof and, perhaps lesser known outside HIV circles, Professor Françoise Barré Sinoussi, outgoing President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Nobel Laureate who co-discovered HIV. So Simoussi’s formal visit to the Indigenous Networking [...]

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Politics as a resource for health

Evelyne de Leeuw, Associate Professor, Public Health and Health Policy at La Trobe University writes: Globally, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute the main causes of morbidity, mortality and disability. This has been recognised by the United Nations as a major international crisis. The international community has started to coordinate its efforts to deal with the crisis. [...]

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Indigenous HIV groups place future in hands of young and Elders

Marie McInerney reports: Elders and young people may hold the key to beating stigma and discrimination about HIV and AIDS and to promoting better prevention in Indigenous communities. Eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders from across Australia were special guests at the  International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, held in the lead-up to [...]

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The Health Wrap: HIV/AIDS; environmental health; sugar wars

By Frances Gilham HIV and AIDS: pain and progress This fortnight we witnessed the devastating news about the Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Grief and shock hit an international conference on HIV and AIDS being held in Australia – AIDS 2014 – when the news emerged that some of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates [...]

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Suicide prevention needs to be a priority during times of austerity: #NSPC14

Matthew Giles reports: The relationship between the economy and suicide prevention was under the spotlight yesterday during day one of the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference, with a plenary panel addressing the topic. The discussion follows recent research suggesting that the economic crisis in Europe and North America was associated with at least an extra [...]

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Profiling community-driven efforts in suicide prevention: #NSPC14

The achievements, challenges and limitations of community-driven suicide prevention efforts were profiled at a workshop in Perth yesterday, ahead of today’s official opening of the National Suicide Prevention Conference. The Communities Matter: Empowering community-driven suicide prevention workshop was over-registered, filling out the venue in the Pan Pacific with community workers from around Australia. Matthew Giles, [...]

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New resources to help people affected by suicide attempts

The stigma that surrounds suicide can discourage people who are feeling suicidal from seeking help, according to new research. A consultation report, which details the views and needs of people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends, was released today, together with new resources to help support those affected by suicide attempts. In the [...]

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Brotherboys Yarnin’ Up – & other powerful stories for beating stigma: #IPCHIV14

The opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne last night paid a powerful, emotional tribute to colleagues who died on flight MH 17. The importance of tackling discrimination and stigma was also a strong theme. Sharing peoples’ stories is a powerful way of helping to counter discrimination and stigma, according to these [...]

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Will there be a Royal Commission into premature deaths caused by the Federal Budget?

Professor Peter Brooks, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne writes: Imagine the future: HEADLINE STORY FROM THE NEW AGE NEWSPAPER MARCH 10TH 2025 ‘ABBOTT AND HOCKEY APPEAR BEFORE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO PREMATURE DEATHS CAUSED BY THE FALLOUT OF THE 2014 BUDGET’ “Ex PM Tony Abbott and ex Treasurer Joe Hockey faced rigorous [...]

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