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“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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Book review: “Commendable” reading on climate change and equity

As we call for entries in the next edition of The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition (see here for details of the mental health-related topic), it is timely to reflect back on the inaugural competition’s topic of climate change and equity. Many thanks to Emeritus Professor Tony McMichael for taking the time to review the [...]

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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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Your chance to commission some public health poetry…

Continuing on from a previous post exploring some links between opera, history and public health, Croakey is delighted to launch an occasional new feature: Poems of Public Health. The idea arose out of a conversation with Canberra poet Owen Bullock who was unwise enough to mention that he enjoys writing poetry upon request – which [...]

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Is satire a useful tool for climate change communications? (And some F-bombing)

Some days the climate change debate is so awfully absurd that it’s a toss up between whether to laugh or cry. Most days, in fact. On one hand, we hear that leaders of the IMF, World Bank and UN are pushing for a price on carbon, and that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for an [...]

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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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On climate change and human survival: this is an emergency (and how health professionals might respond)

“Climate change could make humans extinct warns health expert” – this is a headline ahead of today’s launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Impacts volume of the Fifth Assessment Report. This headline represents news that is also not news. We know this. We have been told and told. Again and again. It’s [...]

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What did you do while the earth was unravelling? Health sector urged to act on climate change

Doctors and medical students gathered in Melbourne recently for a stellar line up of speakers at a Doctors for the Environment Australia conference. As The Guardian has already reported, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt faced a sceptical crowd, with medical leaders unhappy about the government’s climate change policies. Thanks to the tweeters for providing the below [...]

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The inaugural Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition: winner announced

This statement is issued on behalf of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, the online publication Inside Story, and Croakey. Sydney GP Dr Tim Senior has won the inaugural Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition with an essay titled, “Climate change and equity, whose language is it anyway?” The competition honours [...]

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Heatwaves: governments and other agencies can’t say they haven’t been warned

The Victorian Government is under pressure over problems with the state’s response to the recent deadly heatwave, and it seems likely that other jurisdictions could also be doing much more to reduce the toll of extreme weather events. With climate change set to bring more intense heatwaves and with calls for more wide-ranging efforts in [...]

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