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The Health Wrap: Copayment confusion; VicVotes; overcoming Indigenous disadvantage; making systems work for health

                By Kellie Bisset Copayment confusion  The prospect of the Abbott Government dumping its controversial copayment policy has been a hot topic of conversation this past fortnight but was all the speculation simply that? Despite media suggesting the Prime Minister’s office was backing away from the politically charged [...]

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The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme [...]

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The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

                 By Kellie Bisset Ebola: a study in disadvantage More than 900 people have died in the West African Ebola epidemic from a total of just over 1700 suspected cases. Apart from awakening our latent fears of rampant infectious disease, what else does this outbreak tell us? Well, [...]

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The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged [...]

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The Health Wrap: A big Budget wrap; a global shared challenge; reframing Indigenous health conversations

  By Kellie Bisset   A big Budget wrap Budget night has come and gone but the impact is still reverberating. There has been much written already about the potential effects of some of the budget measures and no doubt there will be more, as protests take place across the country, and unhappy state and [...]

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The Health Wrap: Workplace mental health, an Indigenous health mix-bag, and health budget predictions

By Melissa Davey Employee well-being is being addressed, but needs work Mental health in the workplace is becoming an increasingly discussed issue as mental illness becomes less stigmatised, and workplaces are seen as key partners in its prevention and treatment. Writing for Croakey, Jaelea Skehan and Brian Kelly say it is promising to see workplaces given a [...]

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The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

  Melissa Davey Once you’re done with the Health Wrap, be sure to check out this Croakey round-up of health news to make you smile.   What about the children? Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing to properly protect children and adolescents, and in some cases is enabling their exposure to alcohol advertising, according to [...]

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The Health Wrap: an evidence-based Christmas, wins in Indigenous health, and a HIV health scare in Sydney

We’re all familiar with the chocolate-filled advent calendars that crop up in shops this time of year, but perhaps a healthier choice might be the UK Cochrane Centre’s evidence-based advent calendar. The third day of Christmas, for example, features cranberries; ‘Evidence from 24 studies with almost 4500 people suggests that cranberry products don’t offer any [...]

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The Health Wrap: Booze battles, drug dilemmas, rethinking service delivery in Indigenous health

By Kellie Bisset   Battling the booze As the fallout from Schoolies week hit many families across the nation, the debate turned once again to alcohol use by young people and how we might best be able to prevent harm. Professor John Toumbourou from Deakin University argued the case for price increases and discussed the [...]

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20 years after Burdekin: mental health a ‘circuit breaker’ for closing the Indigenous health gap

Twenty years ago the landmark Burdekin Report into the human rights of people with mental health issues identified a crisis in Indigenous communities with high rates of mental health and subtance abuse issues and a lack of culturally appropriate responses. Among its findings, which were released on 20 October 1993, were that: Mental illness amongst Indigenous Australians ’cannot be understood in the same terms’ as that [...]

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