Why isn’t the media asking tougher questions about climate change in the wake of the floods?

March 24, 2011 3

Thanks to the Climate and Health Alliance for allowing this cross-post. Fiona Armstrong, founder and convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance, writes: The Senate’s passing of the flood levy to rebuild Queensland will allow for a new beginning for thousands of people affected by the floods, and go some way to addressing the damage […]

A season of disasters…including for community-based health services

February 8, 2011 5

In the wake of floods and other disasters, debate about the flood levy, looming budget cuts, and questions about the future of national health reform, there are concerns that a vital but often neglected part of the health system – community-based services – is in grave danger. In the first of a two-part series, a […]

How can the health portfolio contribute to the floods rebuild?

January 27, 2011 4

During a National Press Club address in Canberra today, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to announce spending cuts and a temporary levy on taxpayers to help fund the foods rebuild. It is being reported that early Treasury estimates show the Commonwealth will have to outlay well over $5 billion, and that does not […]

In the wake of the floods, will we see innovation? Some health workforce matters…

January 21, 2011 3

In the aftermath of the floods, we can expect to hear plenty about the health needs of rural communities, especially around mental health. No doubt this will lead, as usual, to a focus on the shortages of health professionals in many rural and remote areas. Perhaps the floods crisis will create an opportunity for some […]