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Suicide prevention needs to be a priority during times of austerity: #NSPC14

Matthew Giles reports: The relationship between the economy and suicide prevention was under the spotlight yesterday during day one of the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference, with a plenary panel addressing the topic. The discussion follows recent research suggesting that the economic crisis in Europe and North America was associated with at least an extra [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 23, 2014 | #IPCHIV14 | |

How the global response to HIV/AIDS renders Indigenous peoples “invisible”

Marie McInerney reports: Australian Indigenous health researcher James Ward has called on the international HIV and AIDS community to identify Indigenous peoples as a “priority population”, warning that they are often invisible in international reports and declarations that shape HIV responses. He told AIDS 2014 – the 20th International AIDS Conference – in Melbourne on [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 23, 2014 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

Profiling community-driven efforts in suicide prevention: #NSPC14

The achievements, challenges and limitations of community-driven suicide prevention efforts were profiled at a workshop in Perth yesterday, ahead of today’s official opening of the National Suicide Prevention Conference. The Communities Matter: Empowering community-driven suicide prevention workshop was over-registered, filling out the venue in the Pan Pacific with community workers from around Australia. Matthew Giles, [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | July 23, 2014 | CROAKEY LONGREADS | |

The real agenda: Privatisation and safety nets, not co-payments

Today Associate Professor Brian Owler, President of the AMA, made the news with his speech at the National Press Club expressing the concerns that the AMA holds regarding the federal budget and the current vision of future health services.

Dr Tim Woodruff, Vice President of the Doctors Reform Society, has a somewhat different take on the Government’s policy direction. In this Croakey long read, Tim looks to history to find out whether the GP co-payment is really the end game, or just the beginning of a larger agenda.

Tim Woodruff writes:

Much has been written about the proposed co-payments for health care. It has surprised many that the Federal Government has pushed so hard so fast to attack bulk billing and to increase user pays funding of health services. This has led to a superficial unity of resistance to the changes. But these proposals need to be seen in both a historical perspective and alongside the other less publicised proposals and suggestions from the Government.

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FRONJACKSONWEBB | July 22, 2014 | INFECTIOUS DISEASES | |

Media reports of HIV can be part of the problem – or the solution

Trevor Cullen writes: 

Research has shown that if used effectively, the media can play an important role in lessening fear and stigma about HIV – the biggest obstacles to seeking information and treatment about the disease. Yet media coverage of this important health issue remains patchy and sensationalist.

Take the case of the western Victorian dentist who discovered they were HIV-positive [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 21, 2014 | #IPCHIV14 | |

For Indigenous women and children with HIV, what are the issues?

At a recent international conference in Sydney, Indigenous women shared some heart-breaking stories about the HIV-related stigma that they and their children have faced. As Marie McInerney reports below, the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples with HIV as they grow older was also discussed at the 2014 International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, which [...]

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New resources to help people affected by suicide attempts

The stigma that surrounds suicide can discourage people who are feeling suicidal from seeking help, according to new research. A consultation report, which details the views and needs of people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends, was released today, together with new resources to help support those affected by suicide attempts. In the [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 21, 2014 | #IPCHIV14 | |

Brotherboys Yarnin’ Up – & other powerful stories for beating stigma: #IPCHIV14

The opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne last night paid a powerful, emotional tribute to colleagues who died on flight MH 17. The importance of tackling discrimination and stigma was also a strong theme. Sharing peoples’ stories is a powerful way of helping to counter discrimination and stigma, according to these [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 21, 2014 | HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES | |

Can an “Infrastructure Prime Minister” be a “Health Prime Minister”?

The third edition of Dr Tim Senior’s crowd-funded Wonky Health column investigates five ways that transport policies affect health. He says: “I am questioning an unthinking devotion to the car, at the expense of a transport system that enables all groups in a society to join in and contribute to that society.” Tim Senior writes: Tony [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | July 20, 2014 | CHRONIC DISEASES | 3 |

Will there be a Royal Commission into premature deaths caused by the Federal Budget?

Professor Peter Brooks, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne writes: Imagine the future: HEADLINE STORY FROM THE NEW AGE NEWSPAPER MARCH 10TH 2025 ‘ABBOTT AND HOCKEY APPEAR BEFORE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO PREMATURE DEATHS CAUSED BY THE FALLOUT OF THE 2014 BUDGET’ “Ex PM Tony Abbott and ex Treasurer Joe Hockey faced rigorous [...]

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