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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?

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 […]

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 […]

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

Dental care is also a big concern. See this wrap from health experts at The Conversation, which says the biggest surprise about this year’s health budget was what wasn’t there – billions of expected savings from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). It said: In the past week, pharmacists and drug companies have widely reported as […]

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

Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change. Richard’s achievements […]

'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 […]