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Is the Dietitians Association of Australia in the pocket of Big Food?

Public health lawyer, author and blogger Michele Simon has been investigating conflicts of interest and the Dietitians Association of Australia.  Simon, president of Eat Drink Politics, a corporate watchdog consulting firm in the US, has released an Australian edition of “And Now A Word From Our Sponsors”, detailing close links between the food industry and DAA. [...]

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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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“My feelings about climate change are a mixture of awe, hope, despair, frustration and anger.”

Could an old-fashioned technology – like hand-written letters – help to solve one of the most difficult public health communications challenges of the modern era? Science communicator Joe Duggan has been experimenting with a project - Is This How You Feel? - that seeks to create change by connecting the public with the emotions of climate scientists. [...]

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What can power, money and influence offer public health? The #NPC vs #QldVotes

The Prime Minister’s much-anticipated speech to the National Press Club today was a reminder – if we needed one – that public health concerns are not high on his agenda. You can read the full speech here, or try this summary by The Guardian’s Lenore Taylor. Or, some short versions from the Twittersphere: The Twittersphere also noted [...]

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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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