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Syphilis in remote Indigenous communities: can we eradicate it this time or is the risk now greater?

Syphilis in remote Indigenous communities: can we eradicate it this time or is the risk now greater?

A recent syphilis outbreak in Central Australia has prompted renewed calls for urgent investment in sexual health services for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote regions. As this recent article at The Conversation outlines, 134 cases of the sexually transmitted disease have been reported in the Barkly and Katherine regions over the […]

Winter hospital bed crisis – could we be doing better?

Winter hospital bed crisis – could we be doing better?

Most non-urgent elective surgery in Adelaide’s public hospitals was cancelled last week and some patients transferred to neighbouring regional hospitals after SA Health faced its busiest day (so far) this winter. In the post below, Professor Jon Karnon asks what could have and should be done better to both prevent and manage demand, with the […]

The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

                This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe Life’s good….for some To start the Health Wrap on a […]

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: reflections on clinical and research involvement

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: reflections on clinical and research involvement

The World Health Organisation (WHO) last week declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. “The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over.” it said in this statement. However it warned that while it is confident that Liberia has interrupted transmission, outbreaks persist in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, creating a high risk that […]

#Budget2015: Health takes a hit, devil may be in the detail - rolling reactions

#Budget2015: Health takes a hit, devil may be in the detail - rolling reactions

Health has taken another hit in the 2015-16 Federal Budget, with nearly $2 billion cut from the health system over the next five years. There’s particular concern around $1 billion in “savings” from a range of flexible funds and grants for preventative health research, chronic disease prevention and rural outreach (click twice to enlarge pic below), […]

Will we add more years to our lives? The flawed longevity assumption

Will we add more years to our lives? The flawed longevity assumption

Treasurer Joe Hockey copped quite a lampooning when he raised the prospect of  people living until they are 150 to explain why Australians should accept cuts to government benefits and pay a greater share of their health costs. But Dr George Crisp says we all are too happy to accept the idea that longevity still […]

Greens leader Richard Di Natale: GP #publichealth specialist -

Greens leader Richard Di Natale: GP #publichealth specialist - "no doubt health policy be front & centre"

Senator Richard Di Natale, former GP and public health specialist, was widely described as “little known” in the mainstream media when he was elected leader of the Greens yesterday. But he is well known in health circles, where his election and likely focus on health issues was warmly welcomed in many quarters. The Australian Medical […]

'You've saved a life, now what?' A field report from Nepal on the critical role of rehabilitation

'You've saved a life, now what?' A field report from Nepal on the critical role of rehabilitation

Wesley Pryor is an Australian Adviser in Rehabilitation in Global Health for Handicap International, currently working in Nepal in the midst of the post-earthquake disaster where the organisation is responding to the chronic needs of thousands of injured people with massive, long term effects. The teams anticipate hundreds of amputations, up to a thousand required […]

5 major climate change pressures on health: peak medical, science orgs call on Aust govts to act now

5 major climate change pressures on health: peak medical, science orgs call on Aust govts to act now

Australia’s peak medical and science organisations today joined forces to call for action from all Australian governments to plan for and address the impacts of climate change on human health. The call came as the Australian Academy of Science launched its new report: Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risks and Opportunities, which has been endorsed […]

A fair shot: MSF launches global #AskPharma campaign for fairer vaccine prices

A fair shot: MSF launches global #AskPharma campaign for fairer vaccine prices

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) last week launched a global campaign —‘A fair shot’. It’s calling on pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer to slash the price of the pneumococcal vaccine in developing countries to US$5 per child, so more children can be protected from this childhood killer, and to disclose what they currently […]