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MELISSA SWEET | June 24, 2015 | #150COMMUNITIES | |

#SOSBlakAustralia – What’s happening in the NT?

Coinciding with an #SOSBlakAustralia global call to action on June 26, 27, and 28 against threatened closures of remote communities in WA, a community forum in Darwin this weekend will hear of wide-ranging concerns facing Top End Aboriginal communities. Thomas Mayor, Secretary NT Branch of Maritime Union of Australia, writes: Towards the beginning of the [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | June 24, 2015 | #IHMAYDAY 2014 | |

#IHMayDay15 Longread: Trending by breakfast, talking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, healing, justice, media & MORE

#IHMayDay15 took over Twitter on May 29 with a day of action and listening on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It ran for more than 15 hours, was trending in Queensland by 8am and nationally through the day, featured 15 moderators and generated nearly 50 million Twitter impressions by 10pm.

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MELISSA SWEET | June 23, 2015 | FEDERAL BUDGET 2015-16 | |

“We need to spend more on preventive health.” So let’s slash it….

One of the “overarching concerns” raised by those who contributed suggestions to the Reform of the Federation Discussion Paper was “that there is insufficient funding directed to preventive health”. Meanwhile, a major obesity prevention initiative is about to get the chop. The Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites (CO-OPS Collaboration) – whose funding stops on [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | June 23, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | |

Five options for health reform: what are the chances?

Five options for health reform – which are not mutually exclusive – are proposed in the Reform of the Federation Discussion Paper, which has been released for public comment. Although the paper states that “the order in which the options appear does not indicate any preference”, predictably enough, it is option one that is getting [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | June 23, 2015 | CLIMATE CHANGE | |

Powerful alliances pushing for action on climate change, locally and globally

In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Summit #COP21 in Paris later this year, the demands for effective climate action will grow ever louder. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age are among 25 media organisations to join a new global publishers network with the aim of extending their coverage of climate change through [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | June 22, 2015 | HEALTH REGULATION | |

A call for clarity in policy around drugs known as “biosimilars”

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and the Therapeutic Goods Administration have been urged to clarify their policies around “biosimilars” – drugs which act in the same way as patented biological drugs, although they may not be exactly the same. Dr Ruth Lopert, who was the TGA’s Principal Medical Adviser from 2008-2011 and Director of the [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | June 22, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | |

“As a nation, we should be unified in an unwavering commitment to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody”

Many of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta as a symbol of liberty and freedom ring very hollow for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. However, one recent conference examining the Magna Carta legacy did acknowledge the “justice gap”, describing the increasing incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | June 20, 2015 | ASYLUM SEEKER HEALTH | |

Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres

Australia’s peak health professional bodies have voiced collective concern about the “appalling secrecy provisions” in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professionals who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres. In a joint statement released on World Refugee Day, the peak bodies [...]

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KELLIE BISSET | June 19, 2015 | AGED CARE | |

The Health Wrap: Windfarm woes, the vaccination conversation, hope for medicinal cannabis, improving organ donation rates

                  This fortnight’s Health Wrap has been prepared by my colleague Ellice Mol, Digital Communications Manager at The Sax Institute. Send your ideas for The Health Wrap to me on Twitter via @medicalmedia. By Ellice Mol  Huff and puff on windfarms Prime Minister Tony Abbott sparked renewed discussion [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | June 19, 2015 | ADVERSE EVENTS | |

Climate change & refugees: as Pope Francis leads the way, will Australia get a miracle conversion?

Australia is playing the ultimate outsider in two of the most pressing global issues that have this week seen our devoutly Catholic Prime Minister Tony Abbott at odds with the Pope on both asylum seekers and climate change. As the New York Times reported: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical [...]

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