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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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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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It’s about the wellbeing of all of us, not just doctors: concerns re AMA copayment deal

(This post has been updated to link to include the AMA’s co-payment proposal and some Twitter reaction) “When it comes to health costs, no decision about us should be taken without us.” The national peak community and health consumer groups – the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Consumers Health Forum, and Public Health Association [...]

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Health impacts of climate change: time for health professionals to heat up the debate

Thanks to the Climate and Health Alliance for lots of good reading, below, from its recent e-newsletter about the impact of climate change on health, and growing activism and engagement by doctors, medical scientists and others working in health. In the wake of the axing of the carbon tax, a group of Australia’s top medical scientists have [...]

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J’Accuse: call on health professionals to speak out on Australia’s asylum seeker policies

Australian psychiatrist and researcher Professor Louise Newman, director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, has long led the way on the devastating impact of detention on asylum seekers, particularly children. She is spokeswoman for this open letter, signed by more than 200 prominent doctors, lawyers, academics and refugee advocates, that [...]

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Quick links to some interesting reading

Croakey readers may be interested in a recent article by Terry Moran, (Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 2008-2011),  published in The Mandarin. Entitled “If I only knew then what I know now” the article includes reflections on the changing nature of Ministers, the shallow pool from which we are choosing future [...]

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NCDs: Time for a policy push for Global Health’s poor cousin.

NCDs are emerging as the major global health threat of the future yet they attract a minimal amount of global health spending. Where does the gap lie: policy or evidence? In an article originally published in WhyDev, Sam Byfield, from the Nossal Institute of Global Health, looks behind the numbers. Sam Byfield writes: NCDs (including cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, chronic [...]

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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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AMSANT calls for action to avoid mental health service cut

While there has been a lot of focus on the federal budget’s potential impact on health services it is easy to forget that there are many health services facing immediate funding issues. Today AMSANT released the following press release: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) today called for urgent action to ensure that Aboriginal communities [...]

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