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Climate change & refugees: as Pope Francis leads the way, will Australia get a miracle conversion?

Australia is playing the ultimate outsider in two of the most pressing global issues that have this week seen our devoutly Catholic Prime Minister Tony Abbott at odds with the Pope on both asylum seekers and climate change. As the New York Times reported: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical […]

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: reflections on clinical and research involvement

*** Rosalie Schultz and Colin Butler write: Sierra Leone is one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world. Population is around 6 million, of whom 60 per cent have a monetary income of less than US$1.25 per day. Life expectancy is 48 years. Less than 10 per cent of its population have […]

Doctors in distress: join the #dochealth conversation on Twitter

Enormous interest was generated by a recent Croakey article urging medicine to confront “the dark side” of its institutional culture in the wake of the recent deaths of four junior doctors. The article was by Dr Kimberley Ivory, Senior Lecturer, Population Medicine and Sub-Dean of Student Support in the Sydney Medical School at the University […]

A call for medicine to stop devouring its young

The recent deaths of four junior doctors are an urgent reminder that medicine needs to confront “the dark side” of its institutional culture, says Dr Kimberley Ivory, Senior Lecturer, Population Medicine and Sub-Dean of Student Support in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. *** Kimberley Ivory writes: Media reports have highlighted the recent sudden […]

World Medical Association urges climate change action as PM Tony Abbott gets a timely Xmas gift

The World Medical Association is urging governments to commit to an ambitious and binding climate agreement to protect public health, after last week’s COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru concluded with limited progress toward a deal in 2015. See the full statement below, which commits to “ensuring that the medical community is actively engaged in advocacy […]

Luke Batty inquest: on the need for a systems approach to protect women and children

As a coronial inquest resumes this week into the death of Luke Batty, policy expert Dr Chris Atmore says we need to be taking much more of a systems approach to preventing family violence. Dr Atmore is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria, and co-leads the Victorian Family Violence […]

Unpacking the IPCC's latest climate change report, news on heatwaves and a warning on mental health

The latest report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released this week, citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system. The IPCC synthesis report, which the Climate Council says is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken, warns that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the […]