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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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Some 30th birthday wishes for Medicare

Plenty of thoughtful birthday wishes are on offer for Medicare, which officially turns 30 tomorrow (1 February). However, as public policy analyst John Menadue points out, the origins of our national health insurance scheme can be traced back to the Whitlam Government’s 1974 passage of Medibank legislation, and before that to a seminal meeting one [...]

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What might the National Commission of Audit mean for healthcare?

What might we expect from the National Commission of Audit when it comes to health policy? Looking back might help us look to the future, suggests one analyst. Commission Redux? “William Foggin” writes: As we wait for the Commission of Audit  to bring down a set of recommendations justifying the Abbott Government’s aspirations for spending cuts, [...]

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Croakey contributors review the highs and the lows of this year’s health news

When Croakey contributors were asked to identify the most significant health news this past year, many nominated the change of Federal Government. The recently announced Federal funding cuts – outlined in the Midyear Economic and Fiscal Outlook Statement – suggest this will likely also be the dominant health story for 2014. The Australian Healthcare and [...]

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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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Pushing for a national focus on health literacy

Health literacy is gaining increasing attention at a national policy level, Marge Overs reports from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. Marge Overs writes: Health literacy has growing support at the national level, and is increasingly being recognised in national and policy reform process, according to Nicola Dunbar from the [...]

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The Health Wrap: Putting social determinants front and centre, the darker side of Halloween, and all things public health

  By Kellie Bisset  Putting the social determinants of health front and centre The impact of social disadvantage on healthcare and other important ‘downstream’ factors was a focus of the past fortnight as Australia marked Anti Poverty Week. This piece on Croakey from Marie McInerney pulls together the findings from Anti Poverty Week research reports [...]

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The Health Wrap: Climate hell in a handbasket; getting SDOH traction; Indigenous engagement; new ideas in public health

    By Kellie Bisset Can we avoid going to climate hell in a handbasket? As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Fifth Assessment Report, warning that preventive steps are critical to address climate warming, Australia’s  newly axed Climate Commission re-emerged as the Climate Council after a lightening speed community fund-raising drive that [...]

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The ‘interconnected but parallel universes’ of public policy

Well, in case you missed it we have a new federal government. Should you have thoughts of influencing the new government’s health policy development, you may wish to consider this overview of the recent Power to Persuade Symposium, provided by symposium developer Gemma Carey. Gemma Carey writes: More than a hundred policymakers, community sector workers [...]

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