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Urgently needed: voices for integrity in public policy making

This must-read article is cross-posted with permission from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. By Boyd Swinburn and Michael Moore: Society needs strong voices to promote public health and the integrity of policy-making processes. This is especially critical given the dominant paradigm of market-based solutions and the increasing conversion by transnational corporations [...]

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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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Wonky Health asks: Who are you prepared to sacrifice to climate change?

The health sector must keep talking about the dangers of climate change and highlighting the wide-ranging risks, according to Wonky Health columnist Dr Tim Senior. The aged, children, big-city residents, and the poor are among the groups most at risk of the health impacts of climate change, but no-one is immune, he warns. Tim Senior [...]

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Climate change hits the headlines, despite the intense control efforts at G20

The Australian Government’s efforts to distract the world from its inaction on climate change have been blown out of the water as the G20 leaders meeting kicked off in Brisbane. US President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Queensland, stressing the importance of climate action, pledging $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to [...]

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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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Gough Whitlam’s life and legacy: experts respond

Many thanks to The Conversation for allowing us to repost this overview of the legacy of Gough Whitlam. By Richard Holden, UNSW Australia Business School; Anne-marie Boxall, University of Sydney; Diana Perche; Hannah Forsyth, Australian Catholic University; Ian Lowe, Griffith University; Joanna Mendelssohn; Jo Caust, University of Melbourne; Margaret McKenzie, Deakin University; Mark Beeson, Murdoch [...]

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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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