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The medical aftermath of a day that changed the world: The Fallout

Paul Smith, deputy editor of Australian Doctor, writes: Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Some 80,000 people, the vast majority civilians, were killed instantly. At Australian Doctor we thought the bomb was worth writing about. So that is what we’ve done, with The Fallout – a multi-media project we’ve made […]

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: "lives are at stake"

So here’s a question, or two. For months, we’ve been hearing many different experts and health organisations warning about the risks to health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which Trade Minister Andrew Robb hopes might be finalised during talks in Hawaii this week. Q: Have any health ministers, in any jurisdiction, taken steps […]

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 […]

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 […]

All roads leading to Darwin for #NRHC15 - stay tuned for more reports from #ruralhealthconf

As the photos below illustrate, all roads lead to Darwin this month for the 13th National Rural Health Conference, which Jennifer Doggett will be attending and covering for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. In previewing the conference below, she reports that #NRHC15 is being held in difficult times for those with a concern for a […]

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 […]

'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 […]