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Melissa Sweet

Health journalist and Croakey co-ordinator

Croakey moves on; please check out our new site

Dear Croakey readers As the Croakey project has evolved over the past several years, it’s become clear that we need to branch out as an independent platform, to enable us to provide a better service to our readers, contributors, collaborators and funders. We are grateful to Crikey for having provided us with a home and […]

You want to mess with the NDIS? Get ready for a fight

The #CripCroakey crowdfunding project has reached its target of $3,000, enabling award-winning writer El Gibbs to research a series of articles around disability and health. The campaign runs until 11 September – so there is still plenty of time to donate. The more funds that are raised, the more stories Gibbs will be able to […]

Calling for national action on discriminatory, unfair laws and systems #JustJustice

In a recent article for the #JustJustice project, Darren Parker, a Ngunawal man and Phd candidate at Melbourne Law School, wrote about experiencing racism and violence within his family as a young boy. The article highlighted the importance of the social and cultural determinants of health in any discussion about the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres […]

"Why aren't I in prison?" ... Some questions about white privilege #JustJustice

Public health concerns like white privilege and racism were on the agenda at the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network conference in Townsville last week (see more details in this previous post). These are also critical issues to address in efforts to reduce the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In his contribution […]

Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – held in Sydney last Friday – could not have been more timely. Forum participants heard about the importance of building genuine partnerships with communities in successful primary health care initiatives, as journalist Amy Coopes reports below for the Croakey Conference News Service. Beneath her […]

Hearing from leaders in Indigenous medical education - plus #LIMEvi Twitter wrap

Leaders in Indigenous medical education from Australia, Aotearoa, Canada and Hawai’i gathered in Townsville last week, on the country of the Bindal and Wulgurukaba Peoples, for the sixth conference of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network. With the conference theme of “knowledge systems, social justice and racism in health professional education”, many sessions […]

NT Coroner calls for repeal of "paperless arrest" laws #JustJustice

The findings of an inquest in the Northern Territory into the death of a senior Walpiri man are important reading for those working in the health and justice sectors, highlighting the need for law reform. **** Mark Skulley writes: The Northern Territory Coroner has denounced the so-called “paperless arrest” laws, and called for them to […]

"Listen to Us": This report deserves a wide readership #JustJustice

Summer May Finlay writes: Western Australia is often in the headlines for policies that are harmful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, most recently for hurtful comments by the Western Australian Chief Justice. But the State also recently produced a fantastic report: “Listen to Us: Using the views of WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

Forget Vegemite-based policy. Here are some sensible recommendations for reducing alcohol-related harms

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion’s foray into Vegemite-based policy has won global headlines for a suggestion that the product should be restricted in some remote communities to stop moonshine production – even Time Australia inhaled.  But the weight of opinion – including from public health experts, police, and scientists – seems to suggest the recommendation should be, uhm, toast… […]

Put equity at the heart of debate about primary health care futures

Terry Findlay writes: The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – to be held in Sydney this Friday – could not have come at a more opportune time. It follows the recent release of a discussion paper by the Primary Health Care Advisory Group: Better Outcomes for people with chronic and complex […]