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How stigma prevents wider understanding of risks and prevention of overdose

In the wake of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), UnitingCare ReGen’s Donna Ribton-Turner says the taboos surrounding deaths from alcohol and other drug overdose magnify the burden for grieving families and increase the risk for all of us. She looks at how we are improving, or not, with public awareness through the media coverage [...]

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The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]

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Is fear of social media stopping health services from listening to patients’ stories?

Michael Greco, a founding Director and the Chief Executive of Patient Opinion Australia, is tweeting for @WePublicHealth this week – so Croakey readers will have the chance to question him directly about the service on Twitter. To help kickstart the discussions, he answered a few questions below. It would be interesting to know why more health [...]

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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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NAIDOC Week 2014: Someone was here, and they’re here to stay

  How to capture the scope and scale of this year’s National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2014 (6-13 July)? It can’t cover everything, of course, but social media was a great window to events and initiatives taking place last week across the country, many of which raised important health issues and [...]

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#CulturalSolutions forum calls for strengths-based, localised approaches to preventing suicide

The Healing Foundation convened a public forum with live streaming in Canberra last week, called Cultural Solutions: Understanding Suicide: trauma capability and responses in Indigenous communities. Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman and public health researcher, covered the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. *** Summer May Finlay writes: Right from the start you [...]

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Being a racist or just saying stupid things? An invitation to journalists to consider the difference

An opinion piece titled ‘How racist are you?’ published last week in the Sydney Morning Herald by one of its journalists, Mark Sawyer, showed we have a long way still to go in Australia in our  understanding of racism and privilege. In the post below, researcher Dr Naomi Priest looks at the issues the article [...]

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Twitter and health policy research – time to get together?

By Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney A just-released study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania finds that only 14 percent of health policy researchers are using Twitter to communicate their research findings. Approximately 20 percent use blogs and Facebook, but the majority (65 percent) rely on traditional [...]

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The Health Wrap: budget blues; the importance of culture; evidence-based mental health campaigns; examples of digital innovation

  By Frances Gilham Budget blues Budget debate and discussion continues to dominate the health news, with many commentators suggesting the proposals have ignored the evidence and don’t address structural system deficiencies. In an article for Medical Observer, UNSW academics have called for a trial period of the co-payment system so a comprehensive evaluation can [...]

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Talking about Indigenous women’s health: the progress and the challenges

In the wake of the Federal Budget, there has been a lot of gloom and uncertainty around Indigenous health funding futures. But it’s important to remember there are many people and organisations working for healthier futures, as was highlighted at a recent Indigenous women’s health conference. More broadly, a similar point was also made yesterday [...]

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