Melissa Sweet —

Melissa Sweet

Health journalist and Croakey co-ordinator

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Croakey moves on; please check out our new site

August 28, 2015 2

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

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

August 26, 2015

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

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

August 21, 2015

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

“Why aren’t I in prison?” … Some questions about white privilege #JustJustice

August 19, 2015 2

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

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

August 17, 2015

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

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

August 16, 2015

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

NT Coroner calls for repeal of “paperless arrest” laws #JustJustice

August 14, 2015

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

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

August 13, 2015 1

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

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

August 10, 2015

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

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

August 9, 2015 1

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 […]

Why we need to have some “honest and uncomfortable conversations” about racism

Why we need to have some “honest and uncomfortable conversations” about racism

August 7, 2015

In the run up to this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights Campaigner Roxanne Moore looks at the human rights and health consequences of racism. *** Racist attacks on Adam Goodes Roxanne Moore writes: Racism is not only a violation of human rights, but it has […]

Western Australia: wake up to yourself      #JustJustice

Western Australia: wake up to yourself #JustJustice

August 5, 2015

Comments by the Chief Justice of Western Australia and associated media reports reveal a simplistic, unhelpful view of the complex factors contributing to the over-incarceration of Aboriginal people, according to public health practitioner Summer May Finlay. Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, a member of the #JustJustice team, and a PhD candidate, suggests that, rather than […]

Learn from “one of the best examples in the world of a comprehensive primary healthcare service”

Learn from “one of the best examples in the world of a comprehensive primary healthcare service”

August 2, 2015

Amongst other things, the Third National Aboriginal Health Summit in Darwin last week provided some examples of how the wider primary healthcare sector can learn so much from the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. Presentations reviewing the history of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) highlighted the […]

Public health must get over its conceit and find a voice. So there!

Public health must get over its conceit and find a voice. So there!

July 31, 2015 4

Public health advocates need to get over the conceit that their work will inspire political action simply because it is worthy, according to Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and guest tweeter this past week at @WePublicHealth. In the article below, he explains some of the background to a new campaign, […]

The medical aftermath of a day that changed the world: The Fallout

The medical aftermath of a day that changed the world: The Fallout

July 31, 2015

Paul Smith, deputy editor of Australian Doctor, writes: Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Some 80,000 people, the vast majority civilians, were killed instantly. At Australian Doctor we thought the bomb was worth writing about. So that is what we’ve done, with The Fallout – a multi-media project we’ve made […]

Health organisations join those taking a stand against racism. #IStandWithAdam

Health organisations join those taking a stand against racism. #IStandWithAdam

July 31, 2015 1

It is important that health organisations are listed among those who have signed the statement below, taking a stand against the racism directed against prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. It is important because the health impacts of racism are too often ignored in public debate, and because the health […]

Nine questions about the state of public health in Victoria: #HealthyPolitics

Nine questions about the state of public health in Victoria: #HealthyPolitics

July 30, 2015

As recently previewed at Croakey, a public forum in Melbourne this week highlighted some critical questions about the public health challenges facing Victoria. Marie McInerney was there to provide the report below for the Croakey Conference News Service. *** Marie McInerney writes:  It would have been – as suggested by forum moderator Michael Moore, CEO […]

Health reform: So much more than a taxing issue (just ask NZ)

Health reform: So much more than a taxing issue (just ask NZ)

July 28, 2015

Could Australian health reformers learn from the experience of efforts to integrate health and social care in Canterbury, New Zealand? These and other questions are raised below by Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. ***   Leanne Wells writes: The prospect of higher taxes to meet future hospital costs has revived […]

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

July 28, 2015 1

So here’s a question, or two. For months, we’ve been hearing many different experts and health organisations warning about the risks to health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which Trade Minister Andrew Robb hopes might be finalised during talks in Hawaii this week. Q: Have any health ministers, in any jurisdiction, taken steps […]

Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

July 26, 2015

There are so many reasons that people working in the health sector should consider supporting the @IndigenousXLtd crowdfunding campaign, according to Dr Tim Senior, a GP who works in Aboriginal health. Check them out below – and have a listen to this recent ABC radio interview with Luke Pearson, the founder of the successful rotated […]