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MELISSA SWEET | July 20, 2014 | #IPCHIV14 | |

Antiretroviral therapies not the “silver bullet” for Indigenous peoples with HIV, AIDS

Marie McInerney reports: The use of antiretroviral therapies for prevention as well as treatment for HIV and AIDS should not be seen as a “silver bullet” and could actually widen the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, an international Indigenous conference has been told. Canadian First Nations health leader Dr Alexandra King said the [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | July 20, 2014 | GENERAL PRACTICE | 3 |

Abbott’s Medicare reforms – today’s crime is tomorrow’s co-payment

(Note from Croakey: A correction to this post was made on July 22; correcting mention of “Justice Murphy” to “Justice Kirby” in the 2nd last paragraph.) The GP co-payment remains a hot topic. This week ABC news online flagged that the legal process for introducing the $7 GP copayment may not be straight forward, and [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 19, 2014 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

Why I will celebrate NAIDOC Week next year: Dr Chelsea Bond

The Guardian recently published an article by Nakkiah Lui, a Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman and writer, titled “Why this year’s NAIDOC week will be my last”. In response, Dr Chelsea Bond, an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 19, 2014 | #IPCHIV14 | |

Shock and grief at loss of HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates: #IPCHIV14

(This post was revised and updated on 19 July) Marie McInerney reports: The devastating news that some of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates were on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight caused waves of shock and grief at an international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS in Sydney, and among the wider global health and [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | July 18, 2014 | CHILD HEALTH | |

Pester Power proven

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham for this month’s JournalWatch. A little condolence for anyone who has ever experienced the joy of taking a toddler to the supermarket…. Dr Stoneham writes: Being a parent of two young children, I was often required to do my grocery shopping with the kids in tow. I remember one [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 17, 2014 | MEDIA-RELATED ISSUES | |

What works in suicide prevention? Previewing #NSPC14

The role of all sectors in preventing suicide will be under the spotlight at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth next week.  Some of the challenges for researchers in evaluating suicide prevention measures are examined in the preview article below by freelance writer Matthew Giles, who will cover the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 17, 2014 | CLIMATE CHANGE | |

“Bugger the planet” – health experts on the repeal of the carbon tax

Australia today became the first country to dismantle an effective carbon market, taking a “monumentally reckless backward leap” that is an “economic attack on future generations” (and part of a wider pattern of this Federal Government’s attacks on the environment). As one scientist, Professor Roger Jones from Victoria University, stated at The Conversation, the repeal of the carbon [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 17, 2014 | #IPCHIV14 | |

A call for action on reducing the risk of HIV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

 Marie McInerney reports: Australian organisers of an international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS have opened the Sydney event with the release of new data and concerns that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are at risk of a “rapid escalation” of HIV and AIDS. Conference co-convenor Associate Professor James Ward said Australia is at [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 16, 2014 | #IPCHIV14 | |

Putting Indigenous peoples on the HIV & AIDS global agenda: #IPCHIV14

An international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS will be held in Sydney this week, ahead of the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne next week. Marie McInerney previews the discussions below, and will cover the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. Follow the discussions on Twitter at #IPCHIV14, and @ToddFernando will also be tweeting for [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | July 16, 2014 | ASYLUM SEEKER HEALTH | |

#Tacklingracism: urgent priorities for children in out-of-home care and immigration detention

A recent symposium investigating how racism affects children and young people has issued a closing statement highlighting urgent priorities to address health and wellbeing. The statement from the Racism and the health and wellbeing of children and youth: understanding impacts, finding solutions symposium points to the need for campaigns that focus on creating sustainable attitudinal and [...]

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