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Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues - new report

Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues - new report

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 […]

Choosing Wisely: choosing health services research

Choosing Wisely: choosing health services research

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 […]

Funding uncertainty threatens drug programs

Funding uncertainty threatens drug programs

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 […]

A call for medicine to stop devouring its young

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 […]

Public Health education: making it real

Public Health education: making it real

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 […]

Antibiotic Awareness Week: On the path to least resistance

Antibiotic Awareness Week: On the path to least resistance

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 […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

                    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 […]

Airborne? Memories of another virus and panic’s rise and fall

Airborne? Memories of another virus and panic’s rise and fall

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 […]

UNSW Council votes to continue investment in coal *UPDATED*

UNSW Council votes to continue investment in coal *UPDATED*

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 […]

Deregulation of university fees: bad news for rural people and regional universities?

Deregulation of university fees: bad news for rural people and regional universities?

 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 […]