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'Drink Coke, Exercise More?': where conflict of interest is a Real Thing

Amanda Lee, Professor of nutrition and public health at the Queensland University of Technology tweeted a link to a list of the experts on the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) – which includes Australia’s Professor Wendy Brown, Director of the Centre for Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health at the University of Queensland. Brown was […]

A year on, Australia's health star food-rating system is showing cracks

Mark Lawrence and Christina Pollard write: The government has started the second phase of its awareness campaign for Australia’s year-old health star food-rating system. The A$2.1 million campaign is aimed at educating grocery buyers about how to shop for healthy food and encouraging the food industry to adopt […]

Climate change & refugees: as Pope Francis leads the way, will Australia get a miracle conversion?

Australia is playing the ultimate outsider in two of the most pressing global issues that have this week seen our devoutly Catholic Prime Minister Tony Abbott at odds with the Pope on both asylum seekers and climate change. As the New York Times reported: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical […]

Inawintji's Story on Living Black tonight: "the high price to pay for staying well"

Her life changed more than 20 years ago when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was too late for insulin tablets to take effect and, despite Ina’s best efforts, her condition deteriorated to renal disease. She needed dialysis. She made the incredibly hard decision to leave her homelands, family and friends and move […]

Calling for an inquiry into food security for remote communities - and other priorities from #ruralhealthconf

In the Croakey Conference Reporting Service’s final report on the recent National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, Jennifer Doggett gives an overview of the priorities for rural health action, including calls for a Senate Inquiry into food security for remote communities. Jennifer Doggett writes: The influence of #ruralhealthconf will continue long after delegates have returned […]

What will it take to improve rural health? Internet, internet, internet...

Jennifer Doggett reports: One of the most important outcomes from the National Rural Health Conference in Darwin will be a set of recommendations for action to improve health services in rural and remote areas and to overcome some of the barriers to good health. These recommendations will be developed via a collaborative and structured process open to […]

Freedom of Tweets – A social media advocacy campaign to unlock the secrets of nutrition governance

Social media is opening up the processes of public health advocacy and efforts to hold governments to account, according to Dr Mark Lock, a Research Fellow in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. As part of the Aboriginal Voice Integration and Diffusion or AVID Study, Dr Lock is examining […]