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#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

Marie McInerney March 19, 2015 1 Comment

Aboriginal woman from the Kimberley, Tammy Solenec from @amnestyOz, speaks at #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA Perth #closethegappic.twitter.com/WxWYxzdktP — Simone van Hattem (@simone) March 19, 2015 A day of action to protest plans to close remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia ended up not only trending nationally on Twitter but hit the streets in real-life, with rallies across Australia, […]

2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report: important gains, many risks, big gaps

2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report: important gains, many risks, big gaps

Marie McInerney November 19, 2014

The 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report has been released today. Regarded as the most comprehensive report on Indigenous wellbeing in Australia. it’s the sixth in a series that emerged out of the final report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 2000. See the snapshot of its key points here (pic below) and in this […]

Indigenous leaders plea to PM Abbott to step in on “chaotic” policy, funding environment

Indigenous leaders plea to PM Abbott to step in on “chaotic” policy, funding environment

Marie McInerney September 4, 2014

Updated to include statement below from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) on concerns about discriminatory changes to the way some Aboriginal organisations will be required to incorporate, and from the Close the Gap Steering Committee on cuts to anti-smoking programs. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders have called on Prime […]

Is the media juggernaut sidelining good policy in Indigenous affairs?

Is the media juggernaut sidelining good policy in Indigenous affairs?

Melissa Sweet June 27, 2012

Two comments have always stuck in my mind when it comes to the role of the media and the public’s health. One is from Dr Alex Wodak, law reform advocate, social justice champion and drug and alcohol physician, who once said: “The media has more impact on health than all the stethoscopes in the world.” […]

The “Stronger Futures” legislation will weaken health

Melissa Sweet March 8, 2012

More than 400 submissions have been made to the Senate committee that is due to report next week on the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills. One submission was from the Public Health Association of Australia, whose representatives Vanessa Lee, Gabriel Moore and Melanie Walker also presented to a […]

A stack of reading: the latest health and medical news from The Conversation

Melissa Sweet August 29, 2011 1 Comment

Thanks to Reema Rattan, for providing this update of the latest health and medical reading at The Conversation. The stories below cover medical mishaps, men’s health, breast cancer screening, alcohol labelling, media reporting of suicide, hospital care of patients with mental health problems, puberty, the NT Intervention, bariatric surgery and type 2 diabetes, and the […]

Pat Anderson delivers damning indictment of NT Intervention

Pat Anderson delivers damning indictment of NT Intervention

Melissa Sweet May 5, 2011 2 Comments

Ms Pat Anderson, chairperson of the Lowitja Institute and co-author of the Little Children are Sacred inquiry’s report, has delivered a damning indictment of the NT intervention in a keynote address to an Aboriginal health research conference in Sydney this morning. I recommend reading her speech in full (PDF available here, titled “Research for a […]

Documenting the hidden health reports: latest update to Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents

Documenting the hidden health reports: latest update to Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents

Melissa Sweet February 3, 2011 2 Comments

The Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents (CRUD) was first launched in April 2009 with the goal of recording “the details of evaluations, plans, reviews and other such documents that should be released (whether by governments or other commissioning bodies), in the interests of promoting better informed policy, practice and debate”. Thanks to Daniel Vujcich for […]

Some tough questions for Roxon and Dutton at today’s election health debate

Melissa Sweet August 11, 2010 4 Comments

Will Health Minister Nicola Roxon and her Opposition counterpart Peter Dutton get a chance to talk about health and health policy at the National Press Club debate today, or will they (and the journalists attending) be stuck on political point-scoring and a hospital beds bidding war? What questions should the journalists be asking to try […]

How the IPad is improving health service delivery in the NT

Melissa Sweet July 22, 2010 15 Comments

The former editor of the BMJ, Dr Richard Smith, recently recommended ten lessons for global health, including that the rich can learn from developing countries. He wrote that there are many examples of innovation in poorer countries spreading to developed countries, and that poorer countries have a better chance of building sustainable health systems because […]