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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 […]

The Health Wrap: Windfarm woes, the vaccination conversation, hope for medicinal cannabis, improving organ donation rates

Kellie Bisset June 19, 2015

                  This fortnight’s Health Wrap has been prepared by my colleague Ellice Mol, Digital Communications Manager at The Sax Institute. Send your ideas for The Health Wrap to me on Twitter via @medicalmedia. By Ellice Mol  Huff and puff on windfarms Prime Minister Tony Abbott sparked renewed discussion […]

The Good GP never stops learning: the RACGP video that made doctors cry – and patient advocates wince

The Good GP never stops learning: the RACGP video that made doctors cry – and patient advocates wince

Marie McInerney June 18, 2015

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has launched a promotional video as part of a community awareness campaign – and the early reviews are mixed, particularly depending on which side of the consulting desk you sit and how you feel about diversity and gender issues. Thanks very much to GP Dr Edwin Kruys for […]

Inawintji’s Story on Living Black tonight: “the high price to pay for staying well”

Inawintji’s Story on Living Black tonight: “the high price to pay for staying well”

Marie McInerney June 16, 2015

Access to healthy and affordable food and good health care is a big issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those living in remote communities. The recent National Rural Health Conference in Darwin has called for a Senate Inquiry into food security for remote communities, while the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjar (NPY) Women’s […]

Australia’s ice ‘epidemic’: ‘service cuts, scare campaigns, stigma not the answer to complex issue’

Australia’s ice ‘epidemic’: ‘service cuts, scare campaigns, stigma not the answer to complex issue’

Marie McInerney May 21, 2015 1 Comment

The Federal Coalition last week announced it was launching a new advertising campaign aimed at educating families and the broader community about the dangers of the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine. Health Minister Sussan Ley said it would assist the National Ice Taskforce, announced last month by the Prime Minister. See its key points in […]

The verdict is in: Time to better protect Australian children from toxic lead exposure

The verdict is in: Time to better protect Australian children from toxic lead exposure

Marie McInerney May 19, 2015

The National Health and Medical Research Council today released its revised Statement and Information Paper summarising the evidence on the effects of lead on human health, in which it lowered the level of lead in blood at which the sources of exposure are to be investigated and reduced, from ten to five micrograms per decilitre […]

Sharing the Patient’s Voice with Health Professionals

Sharing the Patient’s Voice with Health Professionals

Jennifer Doggett May 12, 2015

One of the most significant changes to our health system over the past two decades is the increasing role of consumers and the community.  Consumers are now involved at some level in most areas of health care, from the design of research trials to the execution of health promotion campaigns.  Once controversial, few would now argue against […]

Using a systems approach to tackle obesity: insights from the UK

Using a systems approach to tackle obesity: insights from the UK

Marie McInerney May 8, 2015

This is the first of a series of articles covering the CEIPS Seminar Series, monthly seminars that showcase systems approaches and complex public health interventions. This article originally appeared on the CEIPS blog and has been reproduced here with permission. It is written by Rebecca Zosel, public health practitioner, advocate and consultant, who tweets from […]

Vending machines – exercising your choice?

Marie McInerney April 6, 2015

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia for this latest instalment of Journal Watch. *** Melissa Stoneham writes: Vending machines – they are certainly versatile. You can get almost anything in them today. In Perth and Adelaide right now, 4 hot chip vending machines are being trialled. In […]

Marching doctors

Michelle Hughes January 20, 2015 2 Comments

It’s often said that if you don’t know history, you are cursed to repeat it. Consumer health advocate Martyn Goddard has been around long enough to remember the last time that doctors were up in arms and marching in the streets against a conservative government. It’s a tale that might usefully refresh the memory of […]