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On the risks to health, environment that must be dealt with in the TransPacific Partnership Agreement

Counting down to next week’s ‘home stretch’, The Economist says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) looms as the most important free-trade agreement in years. “If completed, it will be the largest regional trade deal ever, with its members accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the world economy.” It also poses significant risks for environment and […]

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 […]

Greens leader Richard Di Natale: GP #publichealth specialist - "no doubt health policy be front & centre"

Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change. Richard’s achievements […]

'You've saved a life, now what?' A field report from Nepal on the critical role of rehabilitation

Wesley Pryor  writes: Seven days after the earthquake in Nepal, the official death estimate is 5,582. Media reports suggest the death toll will reach 10,000. As of today (Saturday) 2 May, there are 11,175 reported injured. We’ve traced 1,000 injured people, of which 400 will require follow up and long-term care. That number will increase […]

'The Coal Face': fateful decisions & more questions on the ongoing public health crisis of the Hazelwood coal mine fire

(from Prologue) On the afternoon of Sunday 9 February 2014, the open-cut coalmine next to Hazelwood Power Station caught fire. It burned out of control for forty-five days – over 1000 hours. The town of Morwell, home to 14,000 people, is less than half a kilometre from Hazelwood mine. In the Latrobe Valley, over 70,000 […]

'This is not theory': Vanuatu's Cyclone Pam disaster adds urgency to need for global climate change/disaster prevention action

Residents in #Vanuatu begin clean-up after #TCPam, relief teams head to survey damage | Story: — ABC News (@abcnews) March 15, 2015 Will the devastation now facing Vanuatu be the tragic reality check that global leaders need to develop a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters – and […]

Waiting for Godot: Bushfires, heat and climate change - a doctor's compelling view from the #SAfires

  Bushfire season in the Adelaide Hills is one of increasing insecurity. Watching this week’s huge bushfire from the upper slopes of Mount Lofty where we live, there were five long days and nights to ruminate on the human predicament in relentless climate change. This is a region of undulating hills and valleys heavily wooded […]

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 […]