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Qld election 2015

What can power, money and influence offer public health? The #NPC vs #QldVotes

What can power, money and influence offer public health? The #NPC vs #QldVotes

The Prime Minister’s much-anticipated speech to the National Press Club today was a reminder – if we needed one – that public health concerns are not high on his agenda. You can read the full speech here, or try this summary by The Guardian’s Lenore Taylor. Or, some short versions from the Twittersphere: The Twittersphere also noted […]

On election eve, some health matters for Queensland voters

On election eve, some health matters for Queensland voters

Whatever the outcome of the Queensland election, the predicted large swing to Labor – and away from the austerity politics of the Liberal National Party – will have national ramifications. That’s the asessement of sociologist and political analyst Dr Mark Bahnisch (who has also been tweeting for @WePublicHealth this week) in his election-eve wrap for […]

On #QldVotes and a shrinking public health sector

On #QldVotes and a shrinking public health sector

The World Health Organization has urged nations to strengthen the capacity of their public health workforces, as one of a raft of recommendations aimed at reducing the toll of noncommunicable diseases. However, the recommendation, in the WHO’s latest report on noncommunicable diseases, must sound rather hollow for those who have followed the shrinkage of the […]

Queensland policies on mental health: doing harm & breaching the law?

Queensland policies on mental health: doing harm & breaching the law?

The use of ‘locked wards’ in acute mental health services is not backed by evidence and is associated with greater risk of patient self-harm and increased violence and aggression, according to a new analysis by UTS researcher Jon Wardle. Wardle suggests that Queensland Government support for locked wards policies may be in breach of the […]

At #QldVotes, there is silence on violence

At #QldVotes, there is silence on violence

Betty Taylor has worked within the domestic violence sector for over 25 years, chairing the Queensland Domestic Violence Council for two terms. Domestic violence is occurring at shocking levels across Australia, in this post Betty argues that it is time for focus and policy solutions in Queensland. Betty writes: Well the Queensland election is now in […]

This election let's focus on what is important: health, the economy and climate change

This election let's focus on what is important: health, the economy and climate change

As the rest of Australia watches with interest to see what verdict Queenslanders will give the Newman government, the battle for votes has left our northern neighbours with some huge issues to consider in a short amount of time. In this post Sue Cooke, provides food for thought on the key issues of health and climate […]

Queensland Votes: Public health services do not start at the ED door

Queensland Votes: Public health services do not start at the ED door

Queenslanders will soon be headed to the polls in an election that has many Australians watching to see the verdict on the Newman Government and others querying the role of federal politics if the anticipated swing against the LNP eventuates. Readers may be interested to look at this fascinating analysis of  twitter activity by Dr Axel […]

#illridewithyou: more than just a hashtag

#illridewithyou: more than just a hashtag

          When people around the world responded to the recent tragic attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by using the Twitter hashtag #jesuischarlie it became impossible to deny the potential of social media to harness and galvanize public opinion on current events.   This followed on from Australia’s experience only a month or so earlier when the #illridewithyou hashtag was used in […]