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Pension funds pressure pharma companies to disclose trial data

Pension funds pressure pharma companies to disclose trial data

Jennifer Doggett August 2, 2015

The AllTrials campaign had a big win recently when a group of 85 asset managers and pension funds said that they would request that the pharmaceutical companies they invest in declare their clinical trial data. This campaign calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their full methods and summary results […]

Following the fossil fuel money trail: from Gunnedah to Canberra

Following the fossil fuel money trail: from Gunnedah to Canberra

Melissa Sweet July 13, 2015 1 Comment

In 2012, the Namoi Valley Independent newspaper, serving Gunnedah and district in north-western NSW, ran a front-page splash under the headline: “A true community asset: Gunnedah Rural Health Centre finally a reality”. The story says the Centre received “a huge financial boost” thanks to a $1 million donation from Shenhua Watermark Coal. The donation is also […]

Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres

Australia’s health bodies unite to protest “appalling gag” on doctors, nurses working in detention centres

Marie McInerney June 20, 2015

Australia’s peak health professional bodies have voiced collective concern about the “appalling secrecy provisions” in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professionals who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres. In a joint statement released on World Refugee Day, the peak bodies […]

‘Friends of the MJA’ call for reversal of AMPCo decisions to sack editor, outsource to Elsevier

‘Friends of the MJA’ call for reversal of AMPCo decisions to sack editor, outsource to Elsevier

Marie McInerney May 22, 2015

A Friends of the MJA group has been set up to protest the recent decision by the Australian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) to sack the Medical Journal of Australia’s editor-in-chief Professor Stephen Leeder and outsource production and sub-editing to global publishing giant Elsevier. The group’s Steering Committee is calling for: a reversal of the decision […]

Right to die campaigner Rodney Syme accuses RACP of “stifling debate” on euthanasia

Right to die campaigner Rodney Syme accuses RACP of “stifling debate” on euthanasia

Marie McInerney May 20, 2015 6 Comments

Dying with Dignity campaigner Dr Rodney Syme has accused the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) of “cowardly” and “insulting” behaviour and of trying to stifle debate, after withdrawing his invitation to speak at its upcoming annual conference. “The outcome is an act of academic censorship of the worst kind – they did not know […]

Outsourcing puts Medical Journal of Australia at risk: former editor Stephen Leeder

Marie McInerney May 6, 2015

There’s been shock and dismay in the Australian health and medical community over the news that leading medical academic Stephen Leeder was sacked as editor-in-chief of the Medical Journal of Australia over  his opposition to the outsourcing of sub-editing and production work to global publisher Elsevier. See Croakey’s coverage of the news, which prompted the […]

Primary Health Networks: key questions and challenges

Primary Health Networks: key questions and challenges

Jennifer Doggett March 2, 2015

While the media has been focussed on the Government’s proposed GP co-payment, there have been potentially bigger changes to primary health care progressing behind the scenes. The transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) may not appear significant, as the functions and objectives of both organisations are very similar. However, there are some […]

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

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

Melissa Sweet February 22, 2015

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. […]

Professor Peter Gøtzsche to deliver a powerful critique of psychiatry

Melissa Sweet January 18, 2015 4 Comments

No doubt there will be plenty of debate generated by a series of lectures in Australia next month by Danish physician Professor Peter Gøtzsche, managing director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre based at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen (details here). In a preview below, Professor Gøtzsche and two Australian colleagues, psychiatrists Professor Jon Jureidini and Dr Peter Parry, argue […]

Tired, sluggish, bloated? Time to detox? “Don’t buy the hype”

Marie McInerney January 7, 2015 1 Comment

Thanks to Loretta Marron OAM, CEO of Friends of Science in Medicine for this very timely post. *** Loretta Marron writes: Feeling tired, sluggish and bloated? Recycling bin rattling with empty bottles & cans? Belt a bit tight? What about  that New Year’s Resolution to live healthier this year? This might be the perfect time […]