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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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10 tips for using social media to promote health: reflections from Fertility Week

Thanks to Rebecca Zosel, Health Promotion Advisor at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) for the reflections in the post below on engaging with social media during the 2014 Fertility Week. For more insights and tips about the role of social media in health promotion, check out Colin Cowell’s post at the Power to Persuade [...]

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“Do not turn our people into fringe dwellers once again”: Fitzroy Crossing groups on threats to close WA remote communities

Indigenous organisations of the Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia have issued a powerful statement against the threat last week by State Premier Colin Barnett to close “100 or more” remote Indigenous communities. They warn it could be “as devastating” as the eviction of Aboriginal people from pastoral stations in the 1960s, in the wake of [...]

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2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report: important gains, many risks, big gaps

The 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report has been released today. Regarded as the most comprehensive report on Indigenous wellbeing in Australia. it’s the sixth in a series that emerged out of the final report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 2000. See the snapshot of its key points here (pic below) and in this [...]

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PM’s “Nothing but bush” & threats from WA and SA to close down remote Indigenous communities

In the week that saw Prime Minister Tony Abbott declare that Australia was “nothing but bush” before the arrival of Britain’s “marines and convicts and sailors” (see his full statement and some of the Twitter reaction at the bottom of the post), two states also threatened to close remote Aboriginal communities in a dramatic funding [...]

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A ‘last mile’ approach to improving broadband in more remote areas

In this latest instalment of a rural health series, Helen Hopkins, Policy Adviser at the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) highlights how failing to improve broadband access in remote areas can block access to health care and entrench other disadvantage. The other instalments, also inspired by the NRHA’s recent CouncilFest, can be read here: Love rural? [...]

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Big Food, public health and sharing a table: food for thought or empty nutrients?

Just how much should public health engage with Big Food to tackle obesity?  Canadian health research leader Professor Diane Finegood, CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research,  led an initiative that provided “safe” (or private) spaces for Big Food to talk to public health – and says the results were surprising. Delivering the keynote [...]

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Noel Pearson farewells Gough Whitlam: “Australia’s greatest white Elder, friend without peer of the original Australians”

  My chances in this nation were a result of the Whitlam program. My grandparents and parents could never have imagined the doors that opened to me which were closed to them. I share this consciousness with millions of my fellow Australians whose experiences speak in some way or another to the great power of [...]

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Australia to “contract private company for Ebola response”

Thanks to The Conversation for permission to share this report from senior journalist Michelle Grattan that the Federal Government plans to contract out its response to the Ebola virus in west Africa to private medical service provider Aspen. See this earlier report from The Canberra Times about the company’s work in Africa, and its own media [...]

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Airborne? Memories of another virus and panic’s rise and fall

Thanks to Hilda Bastian and Scientific American for permission to republish this very timely article that looks back on a Medical Tribunal review sparked by by an HIV AIDS in Sydney in the 1990s and considers the role of trust and transparency when panic is in the air. *** Hilda Bastian writes: She started by [...]

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