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On election eve, some health matters for Queensland voters

Whatever the outcome of the Queensland election, the predicted large swing to Labor – and away from the austerity politics of the Liberal National Party – will have national ramifications. That’s the asessement of sociologist and political analyst Dr Mark Bahnisch (who has also been tweeting for @WePublicHealth this week) in his election-eve wrap for [...]

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On #QldVotes and a shrinking public health sector

The World Health Organization has urged nations to strengthen the capacity of their public health workforces, as one of a raft of recommendations aimed at reducing the toll of noncommunicable diseases. However, the recommendation, in the WHO’s latest report on noncommunicable diseases, must sound rather hollow for those who have followed the shrinkage of the [...]

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Wonky Health has found new jobs for Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and some of their Ministerial colleagues

Inspired public health leadership is hardly the hallmark of the Abbott Government. But if the Government wanted a “complete health makeover” (and even some of its own MPs seem to favour this), then Dr Tim Senior has some ideas for a political revolution – to be lead by a Prime Minister for Health. His latest [...]

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Loads of great reading & viewing for summer and 2015

’Tis the season for reading, relaxing, and reflecting. Thanks to Croakey contributors for sharing below their suggestions for recommended reading and viewing. Enjoy! *** Q: What is the best book that you read in 2014 and why would you recommend it to Croakey readers? Laurie Garrett’s ebook on the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, Zaire [...]

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Farewell Dr Nigel Gray, AO

In sad news, public health lost a great champion this week with the passing of Dr Nigel Gray.  Dr Gray laid the foundation for the tobacco control movement. In a media release, CEO of Cancer Council Victoria, Mr Todd Harper, said: “Dr Gray’s visionary thinking and action would leave an indelible footprint on the public [...]

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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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