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WOMEN'S HEALTH |

Please join @WePublicHealth in a conversation about preventing violence against women

To help mark a global campaign aiming to eliminate violence against women, Croakey readers are encouraged to join Twitter conversations this week with @WePublicHealth’s latest guest tweeter, Kristine Olaris.  Olaris, the CEO of Women’s Health East in Melbourne, is calling for people to contribute to discussions around 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which [...]

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Want to “Start Some Good” for Indigenous health?

Social impact crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood has partnered with social media hub IndigenousX to empower Indigenous Australian change- makers to raise funds and rally community support for diverse Indigenous-founded initiatives. The first campaign to launch on StartSomeGood.com/IndigenousX is Vote Yes, a period film by Nick Waterman featuring star of The Sapphires Miranda Tapsell. Vote Yes aims [...]

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Public health awards put focus on women’s health, the dangers of fossil fuels and inequities

Marie McInerney reports: Cairns-based obstetrician and gynaecologist Professor Caroline de Costa was last night named the recipient of the 2013 Sidney Sax Public Health Award, bestowed by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) at its annual conference in Melbourne. The award was announced by former Labor Health Minister Nicola Roxon, who was the 2012 [...]

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Sexual assaults in psych wards show urgent need for reform

Jayashri Kulkarni: Women admitted to psychiatry wards experience high levels of violence and sexual assaults, according to a report released this week by the Victorian Mental Illness Alliance Council. Across the nine different psychiatry hospital wards surveyed in Victoria, 85% of female inpatients felt unsafe during hospitalisation, 67% reported experiencing sexual or other forms of harassment [...]

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The decision to recommend PBS listing for RU486 is a significant advance in Australian women’s reproductive health care

Professor Caroline de Costa, from the James Cook University School of Medicine, and Dr Michael Carrette were the first clinicians in Australia to prescribe RU486, having pioneered the Authorised Prescriber approach. Below they provide insight into the implications of last week’s important decision to recommend PBS listing for RU486. The decision, announced last Friday by [...]

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Creating healthier goals for Yolngu girls: some reflections from a health promotion program

Last September, a group of Yolngu teenage girls from East Arnhem Land came to Sydney for a week of sporting and cultural events, as part of a program encouraging them to develop healthier aspirations. As part of the program, Kevin Bird, Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator at Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, sought to use team sport as [...]

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Beyond the headlines on female genital mutilation/cutting

The media spotlight has been on the issue of female genital mutilation in the wake of recent arrests in NSW and Federal Government ambitions to eliminate the practice. While there are many positive aspects to the media’s coverage of this issue, Dr Jasmin Chen, from the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health in Melbourne, also suggests that [...]

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Holiday reading from the Blogosphere

Happy New Year to all Croakey readers – here are some thought provoking posts from around the Blogosphere to enliven your holiday…. As She Lay Dying: How I Fought To Stop Medical Errors From Killing My Mom By Jonathan R. Welch A (US) doctor talks about his struggle to get appropriate care for his mother. It’s [...]

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If we want more women in leadership positions, then it’s time to make a stand

The end-of-year edition of The Walkley Magazine (produced by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance) features several articles about the emergence of gender politics and sexism in public debates this year. Or as its cover says, “Sexism goes #boom”. In “Way to destroy the joint, Alan”, UTS academic and journalist Jenna Price notes that between [...]

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A wrap of recent health and medical reading at The Conversation

Thanks to Reema Rattan for providing this wrap of recent health and medical reading at The Conversation. Topics covered include: the downside of energy drinks infant formula’s chequered past Nurofen marketing prostate cancer screening male circumcision some under-recognised cycling hazards women and cardiovascular disease back pain breast cancer screening. Energy drinks: a trigger for heart [...]

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