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Health Wrap: Ice rethink, mental health funding reprieve, tackling anti-vaccination activists, sweat to live longer

                This week’s Health Wrap has been written by my colleague Ellice Mol, another new Sax Institute staff member. Ellice is our new Digital Communications Manager, a dab hand at producing digital content and has also worked in radio, video and film production. We hope you enjoy the [...]

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Launching #JustJustice: Mick Gooda calls for action on a “public health catastrophe”

The over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is a “public health catastrophe”, and Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, plans to make it a priority issue for the remainder of his term. At Croakey we are delighted that Mick Gooda is supporting our new crowd-funding campaign – #JustJustice -which [...]

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The Health Wrap: Forgotten election issues, Indigenous funding reprieve, mind-eating ice, Medicare debate not dead yet

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as [...]

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The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

                By Kellie Bisset RIP copayment As Prime Minister Tony Abbott ended ongoing criticisms of the government’s GP copayment proposal by  declaring it “dead, buried and cremated”, health groups warned that the sting might just be in the tail. A Medicare rebate freeze until 2018 might save $1.3 [...]

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“Government should invest in these communities, rather than withdraw existing services” #LifestyleChoice

The Prime Minister is reportedly unrepentant in the wake of a storm of protest over his comments referring to life in remote Aboriginal communities as a “lifestyle choice”. He made the comments when backing a West Australian Government plan to close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities. Check #lifestylechoice on Twitter for some of the reaction, [...]

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Calling researchers to document the health impacts of chaos in Indigenous affairs policy

Hopefully, somewhere there are researchers planning to document the impacts of the processes and outcomes of the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS); not least because of the likelihood of negative consequences for the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. It seems a safe guess that any such investigation would find the process has [...]

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The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained [...]

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A call to rally behind #SurvivalDay and learn about Australia’s real history

Nathan Appo writes: I’m an Indigenous man from Innisfail living in Brisbane and I love Australia. This year I will celebrate #SurvivalDay in recognition that Aboriginal people of Australia have overcome genocide, imprisonment, have had our country taken from us, and yet remain to be the longest known living culture in the world. I will [...]

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Indigenous Australians can take pride in disability policy gains

John Gilroy and Nicholas Biddle write: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), December 3, is important for commemorating the successes and efforts of the disability rights movement. The theme this year is Sustainable Development. Along with other Indigenous peoples worldwide, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have much to celebrate. At the same time, [...]

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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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