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MELISSA SWEET | April 14, 2015 | PUBLIC HEALTH | |

After years of calls for regulatory action on quad bikes, the toll continues

Croakey contributors have been calling for regulatory action on quad bikes for some years (see the list of stories at the bottom of this post), and the issue is again in the spotlight with inquests in NSW and Queensland. Meanwhile, Ann Arnold, who recently investigated the safety of quad bikes for ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 13, 2015 | CROAKEY LONGREADS | |

“One year after Ebola” – and what have we learnt? #LongRead

‘No matter how many facts are told, no matter how many details are given, the essential thing resists telling.’ This evocative quote is cited in the Croakey long-read below, which contains many fascinating insights into the issues surrounding the “unprecedented”, ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa, including the challenges of recovery and of public health [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 12, 2015 | #150COMMUNITIES | 5 |

Calling health professionals to stand up on May 1, and join the “Selfish Rabble”

Widespread anger and concern about the threatened closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia have galvanised a national movement of opposition, as has been seen in a series of marches and protests around the country. As a number of Croakey articles have shown, there are profound concerns about the potentially damaging health impacts of the [...]

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A medical student explores the importance of Aboriginal culture, Country and the homelands movement

Medical student Jaime Fox writes about her placement in Utopia (Northern Territories) and the importance of the homelands movement with Dr Jonathan Kingsley, providing some evidence on the importance of traditional land (known as Country). This discussion was sparked from a conversation held at the recent Doctors for the Environment Australia conference (iDEA2015) after Dr [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | April 10, 2015 | ADVERSE EVENTS | |

Choosing Wisely: choosing health services research

In the third of a series of articles that Croakey is running on the Choosing Wisely campaign (see the other two here and here), Professor Jon Karnon highlights the role of health services research and argues that it has an essential contribution to make if this initiative is to be successful in improving the quality [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 10, 2015 | #150COMMUNITIES | |

Hearing from communities and experts with solutions for #JustJustice

The need for effective solutions to the “public health catastrophe” of the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was highlighted at a conference held this week in Geraldton, WA. The conference coincided with the launch of a new Croakey project, #JustJustice: a crowd-funding campaign that aims to produce a series of articles and [...]

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KELLIE BISSET | April 10, 2015 | #150COMMUNITIES | 1 |

Health Wrap: Ice rethink, mental health funding reprieve, tackling anti-vaccination activists, sweat to live longer

                This week’s Health Wrap has been written by my colleague Ellice Mol, another new Sax Institute staff member. Ellice is our new Digital Communications Manager, a dab hand at producing digital content and has also worked in radio, video and film production. We hope you enjoy the [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | April 09, 2015 | MENTAL HEALTH | |

Why prevention and promotion are vital for mental health

We readily accept the need for prevention and health promotion in relation to issues that affect our physical health, such as cigarette advertising or food labelling, but we don’t always take the same approach to issues affecting our mental health.    However, if we are to reduce the incidence of mental illness in our community and improve our overall mental [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 09, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | |

Launching #JustJustice: Mick Gooda calls for action on a “public health catastrophe”

The over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is a “public health catastrophe”, and Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, plans to make it a priority issue for the remainder of his term. At Croakey we are delighted that Mick Gooda is supporting our new crowd-funding campaign – #JustJustice -which [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | April 08, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Funding uncertainty threatens drug programs

At a time when Australian communities are demanding a response to methamphetamine use, UnitingCare ReGen’s CEO Laurence Alvis asks why the Federal Government is reducing the capacity of the Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health sectors to inform policy responses and develop targeted, evidence based programs.  Melbourne, VIC, 8th April 2015: The past week [...]

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