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Intergenerational report overlooks the valuable contributions of older people

In the first article in a two-part series on the health implications of the Federal Government’s much-critiqued Intergenerational Report, Associate Professor Briony Dow from the National Ageing Research Institute says it overlooks the significant contributions that older people are making to society, especially as carers. Briony Dow writes: Australia is looking to its older people [...]

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A Twitter tribute as @malcolmfraser12 falls silent: Vale Malcolm Fraser

*Updated 22 March with additional responses and reflections Much is being written and broadcast about the life of former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser after his death earlier today – which came as a shock for many, despite his advancing age, given how energetic and engaged he remained to the end in public life. This [...]

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#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

Aboriginal woman from the Kimberley, Tammy Solenec from @amnestyOz, speaks at #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA Perth #closethegappic.twitter.com/WxWYxzdktP — Simone van Hattem (@simone) March 19, 2015 A day of action to protest plans to close remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia ended up not only trending nationally on Twitter but hit the streets in real-life, with rallies across Australia, [...]

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BMJ publishes ‘clusterbomb’ of evidence on benefits of tobacco plain packaging, but fight with companies ‘far from over’

The British Medical Journal today published the findings of a series of studies in a special Tobacco Control supplement showing that Australia’s plain packaging laws are delivering on their promise. Cancer Council Victoria’s Professor Melanie Wakefield, whose team led the evaluation, said research shows plain packaging reduced positive perceptions of cigarette packs among teenagers and [...]

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‘Unfair and arbitrary. Is the only thing new in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy a new round of a massive funding cuts?’

Indigenous leader Pat Dodson – who revealed he has met Prime Minister Tony Abbott only once, and then  in passing – said last week that removal of frontline services from Indigenous organisations working towards Closing the Gap in Indigenous health “would seem counter intuitive to any fair-minded Australian”.  But that, he said in this Age [...]

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‘This is not theory’: Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam disaster adds urgency to need for global climate change/disaster prevention action

Residents in #Vanuatu begin clean-up after #TCPam, relief teams head to survey damage http://t.co/NbVC2mTsM7 | Story: http://t.co/WliBuxlzlP — ABC News (@abcnews) March 15, 2015 Will the devastation now facing Vanuatu be the tragic reality check that global leaders need to develop a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters – and [...]

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What can Medicare data tell us about system design?

Recently, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Lesley Russell published a paper on Scrbd that reminds us how underutilized the data available to us on medical services really are.  Medicare obstetrics services and costs: an analysis of publicly-available data 2003-04 to 2013-14, demonstrates that data aren’t t always [...]

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Reducing sugar, preventing obesity – turning evidence into action

Many thanks to Sam Byfield, Senior Policy Advisor (LiveLighter), Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia) and Associate, Nossal Institute for Global Health, for this article on the recently released guideline on sugar consumption from WHO.  Sam writes: Last week the World Health Organization released its guideline on sugar consumption, recommending that adults and children reduce [...]

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Measuring what matters: the consumer experience of health care

 One of the contributions that social media has made to health care is the voice it has given to individual consumers, enabling them to speak about their experience of  illness/disability and their interactions with services and health care providers. People’s stories can highlight the problems with our health system (and often suggest the solutions) with a [...]

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Primary Health Networks: key questions and challenges

While the media has been focussed on the Government’s proposed GP co-payment, there have been potentially bigger changes to primary health care progressing behind the scenes. The transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) may not appear significant, as the functions and objectives of both organisations are very similar. However, there are some [...]

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