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China’s ‘white gold’ infant formula rush comes at a public health cost

Karleen Gribble and Julie Smith write: Alongside this week’s announcement of a free trade deal between China and Australia came reports of Gina Rinehart’s investment in a Queensland dairy operation to supply infant formula to China. Australia’s richest woman built her fortune on iron ore, but Rinehart’s A$500 million investment makes her a major player in [...]

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SBS’s First Contact is the real ‘festering sore’ of the nation

Thanks to The Conversation for permission to share this reflection on the SBS/Blackfella Films production First Contact by Dr Chelsea Bond, Senior Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and has extensive experience in Indigenous health, as a health [...]

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Listen up, health officials – here’s how to reduce ‘Ebolanoia’

Claire Hooker and Julie Leask write: An epidemic disease such as Ebola brings suffering to more than those who get ill or die. Social and economic threats can actually outstrip the medical ones. The outbreaks of SARS in 2003, for example, cost the world economy some US$40 billion, partly as a result of highly disputed [...]

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Gough Whitlam’s life and legacy: experts respond

Many thanks to The Conversation for allowing us to repost this overview of the legacy of Gough Whitlam. By Richard Holden, UNSW Australia Business School; Anne-marie Boxall, University of Sydney; Diana Perche; Hannah Forsyth, Australian Catholic University; Ian Lowe, Griffith University; Joanna Mendelssohn; Jo Caust, University of Melbourne; Margaret McKenzie, Deakin University; Mark Beeson, Murdoch [...]

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Housing affordability & health: who wins, who loses and why isn’t it on the political agenda?

Affordable housing plays a critical role in just about every social issue – from education outcomes to prison numbers – and on health, as the article below from Tania King, Emma Baker, and Rebecca Bentley explores. Yet it’s been pretty much off the agenda in the first year of the Abbott Government, apart from allocating [...]

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Abbott Government’s first year in office: what’s the verdict on health?

This Sunday marks the first anniversary of the election of the Abbott Government. We’ll leave it up to Croakey readers to characterise the year in health – feel free to post (publishable) comments and we’ll share them. This post below from The Conversation by Jim Gillespie, Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy [...]

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And still the evidence and argument mount against a $7 GP co-payment.

The Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee on Friday published its findings on out of pocket costs in Australian healthcare, saying that imposing additional costs would make it harder for people, particularly in vulnerable groups to access primary care, which would not only be at the cost of their own health but to the whole system, [...]

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Worried about the flu season? Here’s the story behind the figures

Heath Kelly writes: Tuesday’s reports suggesting a particularly severe flu season could easily be overstating the case. The figures, released by Influenza Specialist Group say there have been more than 20,000 cases of flu nationally so far this year, double last year’s number. The release highlights the fundamental problem with trying to get a picture of [...]

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More than a health issue: addressing the social determinants of obesity

Lareen Newman and Michele Herriot write: Almost two-thirds of Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese. Excess weight is responsible for 7,200 deaths each year in Australia, as well one in five heart attacks, half of diabetes, and other problems such as reproductive complications and back pain. Economically, obesity costs Australia A$38 billion a year, through more [...]

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Why bad food is good for business

Rosemary Stanton and Christina Pollard write: Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business. In the [...]

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