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Indigenous doctors’ conference showcases strong culture, strong health

Marie McInerney reports: The centrality of culture to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is emphasised in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (which the Federal Government is planning to re-launch with some changes). It was also an important part of the recent Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) conference [...]

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Conference hears a damning critique of Indigenous housing program

Rosemary Cadden reports from the recent CRANAplus conference: An award-winning Australian company involved in housing projects in disadvantaged regions in Australia and around the world has raised serious questions about a national Indigenous housing initiative with a budget of $5.5 billion. Paul Pholeros, a director of Healthabitat, said successive governments had refused to look at evidence [...]

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Creating change in government to address the social determinants of health: What can we do better?

Finding the mechanisms for governments to effectively consider health impacts across the policy spectrum has thus far proven elusive. In this research Dr Gemma Carey, Brad Crammond and Robyn Keast argue that the current mechanisms for cross government working are inappropriate or inadequate.   Fortunately they also provide guidance on building the appropriate supportive architecture [...]

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What links the Ebola crisis and non-communicable diseases?

The role of poverty in contributing to the global Ebola crisis has been widely highlighted. Poverty is also an important driver of non communicable diseases, according to Dr Sandro Demaio, co founder of NCD Free, a creative global campaign that is pushing for major system changes to tackle these diseases. *** Sandro Demaio writes: If [...]

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On the “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science

Marie McInerney reports: Current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and medical scientists have been urged to ensure their “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science converge across their professional lives, from high level research through to  community health care. Leading public health researcher Professor Sandra Eades – a Nyungar woman from [...]

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Wonky Health asks: will deregulation of higher education be a nightmare for the health sector?

As suggested in the tweet below by AMA vice president Dr Stephen Parnis, there are widespread concerns about how the Federal Government’s proposed deregulation of higher education will affect the health system. Parnis was scheduled to present in Canberra this morning to a Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the proposed reforms.  Public hearings are [...]

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More Queues than Ays: reflections on Q&A’s mental health episode

The ABC’s Q&A program for Mental Health Week last night focussed on mental health in rural and remote Australia. The program covered a broad range of issues, including historical trends for mental illness in Australia, the role of prevention and early intervention and whether mental illnesses are determined by genetics or environment (or a mix of both). [...]

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New art exhibition asks some tough questions about privilege, power and kidney disease

What if end-stage kidney disease was far more common among the rich and powerful than among those who are not so privileged? What if powerful politicians and their friends – people like John Howard, Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart, George Pell, Adam Giles, Andrew Bolt, Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey, or Christopher Pyne had to move far, [...]

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Concerns about the future of public health in Tasmania (& some killer tweets)

Wonky Health columnist Dr Tim Senior is quite the wordsmith, as per this recent tweet: Meanwhile, another of Senior’s recent tweets prompted public health consultant Miriam Herzfeld to sound the alarm below about budgetary threats to the work of the public health sector in Tasmania. *** Miriam Herzfeld writes: I acknowledge Tim Senior for prompting [...]

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The economics are important but let’s not forget – health is a human right

The current Federal Government is very keen to tell us what our responsibilities are as citizens of this beautiful country. Apparently we need to engage in some “heavy lifting”  and there is some team or something we are supposed to join. When it comes to health care there is a rising tide of instruction. We must [...]

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