July, 2015

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Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues – new report

, Jul 03, 2015

The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is Australia’s most urgent and serious health challenge.  Despite this fact, Indigenous issues barely rated a mention in the Federal Government’s most recent Budget.  This, however, does not mean that Indigenous communities are unaffected by the Budget measures.  In fact there are a broad range of impacts […]
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Choosing Wisely: choosing health services research

, Apr 10, 2015

In the third of a series of articles that Croakey is running on the Choosing Wisely campaign (see the other two here and here), Professor Jon Karnon highlights the role of health services research and argues that it has an essential contribution to make if this initiative is to be successful in improving the quality […]
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Funding uncertainty threatens drug programs

, Apr 08, 2015

At a time when Australian communities are demanding a response to methamphetamine use, UnitingCare ReGen’s CEO Laurence Alvis asks why the Federal Government is reducing the capacity of the Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health sectors to inform policy responses and develop targeted, evidence based programs.  Melbourne, VIC, 8th April 2015: The past week […]
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A call for medicine to stop devouring its young

, Feb 06, 2015

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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 […]
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Public Health education: making it real

, Dec 22, 2014

Dr Jo Lander writes: In 2010, the influential medical journal The Lancet published a commissioned report on health professional education for the 21st century. It was scathing. Despite ‘groundbreaking reforms’ 100 years ago, which saw the integration of modern science into university health professional education, this education has not kept pace with the challenges which […]
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Antibiotic Awareness Week: On the path to least resistance

, Nov 18, 2014

This post below from Professor John Turnidge,  Senior Medical Advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, marks Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov 17-23). It outlines how the Commission’s release of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard is another significant step along the path to ‘least antibiotic resistance’, but reports also on […]
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The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

, Nov 03, 2014

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                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme […]
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Airborne? Memories of another virus and panic’s rise and fall

, Nov 03, 2014

Thanks to Hilda Bastian and Scientific American for permission to republish this very timely article that looks back on a Medical Tribunal review sparked by by an HIV AIDS in Sydney in the 1990s and considers the role of trust and transparency when panic is in the air. *** Hilda Bastian writes: She started by […]
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UNSW Council votes to continue investment in coal *UPDATED*

, Oct 28, 2014

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A recent joint statement from the Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Council outlined the following four health impacts of coal mining for which there is clear evidence: coal mining and burning coal for electricity emits toxic and carcinogenic substances into our air, water and land; coal pollution is linked to the development of potentially […]
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Deregulation of university fees: bad news for rural people and regional universities?

, Oct 27, 2014

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 What do changes to education policy have to do with access to health care in the bush? In the following piece Gordon Gregory, Executive Director and Alice Sisley, Project Officer, from the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) connect the dots between economic and health policies and warn that recent changes in the education sector could have […]
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Defining and responding to everyday racism

, Sep 11, 2014

Racism is a sensitive and challenging issue but one which needs to be addressed by all of us working within the health system if we are to ensure all people can have equal access to health care.  In this thoughtful analysis of casual and everyday racism, collaborators Daniel Reeders and Suzanne Nguyen discuss how experiences […]
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Abolition of Indigenous tutoring scheme will impact on the Government’s education commitment

, Sep 10, 2014

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The Abbott Government’s decision to abolish the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) has been described by Australia’s peak Indigenous doctors’ representative body as undermining the Government’s support for Indigenous education, particularly tertiary education. The ITAS acknowledges Indigenous educational disadvantage, providing supplementary tutorial support to Indigenous students in order to increase participation and graduation rates. The […]
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How a new film looks to change the tobacco story of Arnhem Land

, Sep 04, 2014

Ngarali: the tobacco story of Arnhem Land is a documentary (click on the photo above) produced to address the high rates of smoking (around 70 per cent) amongst the Yolgnu people of East Arnhem Land. As its makers say: This  resource  is  unique  in  that  it  brings  together  new  knowledge  in  health  communications  and  behavioural  […]
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Letting your kids play: do we need to overcome the precious parent/advocate syndrome?

, May 21, 2014

Croakey regularly features a “must read” article from the JournalWatch service of The Public Health Advocacy Institute WA. This month’s is particularly timely, following the release of the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The report card delivered Australian children a D minus, finding that 80 per […]

Doctor, doctor gives us the news: there’s a bad case of juniors being screwed

, Apr 08, 2014

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 Croakey has previously reported on the crisis engulfing senior medical staff in Queensland.  As the turmoil continues, the knock on affect of a potential mass exodus of medical staff on junior doctors and medical training is coming into focus.  Many thanks to Dr Gemma Robertson for this personal perspective on the loss of senior doctors […]
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Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare

, Mar 20, 2014

Healthcare professionals and consumers connected in a virtual forum hosted last week by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) to showcase innovations making a difference to patient care across rural and regional NSW. Raj Verma from the ACI explains that the Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) Forum brought people together who want to make a […]
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Finland: 10 Pillars for an optimal childhood

, Feb 18, 2014

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My just-turned-5-year-old son has been at school for less than three weeks but already he has taken part in a standardised testing process for literacy and numeracy, compulsory for all government schools in the ACT.  The Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) test, no doubt the first of many he will undertake during his education, […]
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The power of the ‘ick’ factor in organ donation

, Oct 14, 2013

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A lack of high quality, authoritative information resources for families of potential organ donors is amplifying the ‘ick’ factor of organ donation, according to Holly Northam. This piece was first published in the Nursing Review and is cross-posted with permission. Over the last few weeks a number of incidents in the public sphere have highlighted the […]

Early education and care: the best start for Australian children?

, Aug 22, 2013

By 2020 all Australian children should ‘have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.’ That’s the aim of the National Early Childhood Development Strategy developed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), and comes from overwhelming evidence about the vital importance of early learning in shaping […]
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Do we need a Romantic movement in medicine? Involving patients in medical education

, Jun 03, 2013

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At its best, the practice of medicine is both an art and a science. While we continue to pursue laudable goals such as an increase in evidence-based health care, it is important to ensure we don’t lose sight of the ‘art’ of caring for patients.  In this wide-ranging and insightful piece, Dr Tim Senior draws on his experience […]