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Health leaders pile pressure on Australian Government to step up on #Ebola

The Australian Government has been urged to step up its response to the global Ebola crisis and take a leadership role – in boosting Australia’s role in relief efforts, as well as in contributing more usefully to public debate. The call comes from Christopher Cliffe, CEO of CRANAplus, an organisation representing remote area health professionals [...]

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If you don’t have time for Twitter, perhaps you should make time to read this…

If you still think you haven’t got time for this tweeting mularky, then Carl Heslop has some news for you, fresh from the Public Health Association of Australia’s recent annual conference in Perth. A nurse based in rural WA who is undertaking a PhD in public health research, Heslop makes a case for the Twittersphere [...]

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Developing a Global Health MOOC: what does it take?

The advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) brings new opportunities for academics and students. Dr Samantha Battams, Associate Professor and Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University Australia, was involved last year in developing the University of Geneva MOOC, ‘Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview’. The course – which can still be accessed here - was part of [...]

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Climate change. Is the growing momentum for action enough to prevent this bleak future?

As recently reported at Croakey, these past weeks have brought an increased momentum in global efforts to tackle climate change – although the image below is a reminder that Australia is dragging the chain, at so many levels. Public health expert Associate Professor Peter Sainsbury, who recently returned to Australia after attending a series of [...]

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A desperate call-out to the nation’s cartoonists: the Ebola crisis needs you

The juxtaposition of these two stories on The Guardian’s website speaks volumes. As previously noted at Croakey, the Australian Government appears to have its head stuck firmly in the sand when it comes to responding appropriately to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Desperate times call for desperate measures – when considered public health advice [...]

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Paying tribute to Professor Tony McMichael: one of the world’s public health champions

(This post was updated on 28, 29, and 30 Sept, and 6 Oct) Tributes are pouring in from around the world for the late Professor Tony McMichael AO, who was internationally recognised for his pioneering work in environmental health, particularly in climate change and health. Professor Emeritus of Population Health at the ANU, he died early on [...]

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On climate change. What’s changed?

“There is a sense that change is in the air. Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are [...]

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A list of lists – all about advocacy and public health

Once famously described as a “Cinderella branch of public health practice”, the role of advocacy took centre stage at the Public Health Association of Australia’s annual conference in Perth last week. And one of many take-home tips on the subject was that lists seem to be powerful communication tools. For example, Professor Simon Chapman (who drew [...]

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People Power for Health Equity

The  Australian Health Promotion and Chronic Diseases Network Conference was held in Alice Springs earlier this month. For those who missed it, Cat Street from the Australian Health Promotion Association provides a tweet by tweet guide. Cat writes: Day 1 of Equity @ The Centre 2014. I pay my respects to elders past and present and wish to [...]

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Wonky Health: What might public health advocates learn from reading Rob Oakeshott’s new book?

The interests of cashed-up industries are routinely put ahead of our health.  That’s hardly “hold the front page” news for those in the public health field, so it’s perhaps surprising we don’t hear more public health advocates calling for action on systems of political governance, including political donations. The malignant influence of cashed-up political donors [...]

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