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Politics as a resource for health

Evelyne de Leeuw, Associate Professor, Public Health and Health Policy at La Trobe University writes: Globally, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute the main causes of morbidity, mortality and disability. This has been recognised by the United Nations as a major international crisis. The international community has started to coordinate its efforts to deal with the crisis. [...]

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The Health Wrap: HIV/AIDS; environmental health; sugar wars

By Frances Gilham HIV and AIDS: pain and progress This fortnight we witnessed the devastating news about the Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Grief and shock hit an international conference on HIV and AIDS being held in Australia – AIDS 2014 – when the news emerged that some of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates [...]

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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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Wonky Health – calling for your ideas for engaging, worthwhile investigations

Thanks to the generosity of 157 donors (at last count), Croakey will soon launch a new column, Wonky Health, by Dr Tim Senior. The column will investigate the impact of policies upon the health of people and communities, particularly those who are most vulnerable. It is taking a “health in all policies” approach to journalistic investigations. Now, [...]

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Now this is a “Budget emergency”: the decimation of the public health workforce

Federal budget cuts, together with previous cutbacks by the South Australian Government, will decimate the prevention and health promotion workforce in SA, according to public health experts. In the article below, Rebecca Tooher, president of the SA Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia, and colleagues outline a bleak future for public health in [...]

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The Health Wrap: A big Budget wrap; a global shared challenge; reframing Indigenous health conversations

  By Kellie Bisset   A big Budget wrap Budget night has come and gone but the impact is still reverberating. There has been much written already about the potential effects of some of the budget measures and no doubt there will be more, as protests take place across the country, and unhappy state and [...]

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Shame, shame, shame on the Commission of Audit

  The Commission of Audit’s health-related recommendations are evidence-free, ideologically driven and are bound to be harmful to the community’s health, according to Jim Hyde, Professor of Public Health Policy at Deakin University. Jim Hyde writes: The Commission of Audit report  demonstrates a wilful disregard for evidence and for the history of system development, while [...]

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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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