August, 2015

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“Why aren’t I in prison?” … Some questions about white privilege #JustJustice

, Aug 19, 2015

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Public health concerns like white privilege and racism were on the agenda at the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network conference in Townsville last week (see more details in this previous post). These are also critical issues to address in efforts to reduce the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In his contribution […]

The Health Wrap: The Vegemite news spread; On your bike (sans helmet); a chronic problem; funding medical research and teens’ troubling mental health.

, Aug 17, 2015

                  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 The Vegemite news spread The use and abuse of […]
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Hearing from leaders in Indigenous medical education – plus #LIMEvi Twitter wrap

, Aug 16, 2015

Leaders in Indigenous medical education from Australia, Aotearoa, Canada and Hawai’i gathered in Townsville last week, on the country of the Bindal and Wulgurukaba Peoples, for the sixth conference of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network. With the conference theme of “knowledge systems, social justice and racism in health professional education”, many sessions […]
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“Listen to Us”: This report deserves a wide readership #JustJustice

, Aug 13, 2015

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Summer May Finlay writes: Western Australia is often in the headlines for policies that are harmful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, most recently for hurtful comments by the Western Australian Chief Justice. But the State also recently produced a fantastic report: “Listen to Us: Using the views of WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]
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Why we need to have some “honest and uncomfortable conversations” about racism

, Aug 07, 2015

In the run up to this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights Campaigner Roxanne Moore looks at the human rights and health consequences of racism. *** Racist attacks on Adam Goodes Roxanne Moore writes: Racism is not only a violation of human rights, but it has […]
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Health organisations join those taking a stand against racism. #IStandWithAdam

, Jul 31, 2015

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It is important that health organisations are listed among those who have signed the statement below, taking a stand against the racism directed against prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. It is important because the health impacts of racism are too often ignored in public debate, and because the health […]
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Lifting the lid on Nauru and doctors concerns, as Labor moves towards asylum seeker ‘turnbacks’

, Jul 23, 2015

Hopes for more humane asylum seeker policies in Australia took a blow last night with confirmation that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants this weekend’s Labor national conference to endorse turning back boats. Whether he prevails remains to be seen, but the move comes in a week where the Senate inquiry into the Nauru detention centre […]
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One man’s story of surviving the trauma of family violence: A #JustJustice LongRead

, Jul 17, 2015

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(Caution to readers: this article contains graphic detail of family violence. Support service details are available at bottom of article). This is the first in a two-part series by Darren Parker, a Ngunawal man and Phd candidate at Melbourne Law School, as part of the crowd-funded #JustJustice project.   In sharing some experiences of racism […]
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Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues – new report

, Jul 03, 2015

The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is Australia’s most urgent and serious health challenge.  Despite this fact, Indigenous issues barely rated a mention in the Federal Government’s most recent Budget.  This, however, does not mean that Indigenous communities are unaffected by the Budget measures.  In fact there are a broad range of impacts […]
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Shame and Disgrace in the Governance of Food and Nutrition Policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

, Jul 01, 2015

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The failure of successive governments to act on improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a “shame and disgrace”, according to University of Newcastle researcher Dr Mark Lock. In an exhaustive investigation of the fate of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010, he […]
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#IHMayDay15 Longread: Trending by breakfast, talking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, healing, justice, media & MORE

, Jun 24, 2015

#IHMayDay15 took over Twitter on May 29 with a day of action and listening on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It ran for more than 15 hours, was trending in Queensland by 8am and nationally through the day, featured 15 moderators and generated nearly 50 million Twitter impressions by […]
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“As a nation, we should be unified in an unwavering commitment to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody”

, Jun 22, 2015

Many of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta as a symbol of liberty and freedom ring very hollow for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. However, one recent conference examining the Magna Carta legacy did acknowledge the “justice gap”, describing the increasing incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples […]
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#JustJustice: Campaign to save the NSW Custody Notification Service: ‘lifeline’ for Indigenous people in custody

, Jun 16, 2015

Many Croakey readers will know that we recently reached the target to fund the #JustJustice campaign at Croakey, to look at the solutions to over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We will be starting work soon on the project, which aims to give a priority platform to community voices and stories. We’re very […]

Care discrimination: Outcomes from a recent review

, May 26, 2015

Many thanks to Dr Marie Bismark and the MJA for allowing us to republish this article, which was first published in MJA InSight on 25 May 2015. Dr Marie Bismark writes: DURING her pregnancy, Ms Ziarata Zia, a Sunni Hanafi Muslim, attended an antenatal appointment at Monash Health and asked to be examined by a […]
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Tom Calma urges Justice Reinvestment to bring #JustJustice for Indigenous people

, May 26, 2015

Australia needs to follow international leaders in Justice Reinvestment programs if it is to address the high rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, says leading social justice and human rights advocate Professor Tom Calma. Lending his support to the #JustJustice campaign, Professor Calma, former Social Justice Commissioner, said better research is also […]
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The Health Wrap: A budget health check; medical school war of words; eyes on Ebola; pharmacy deal dispensed; all things equal

, May 24, 2015

                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 A budget health check The Federal Budget’s impact on health […]
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#JustJustice: new approaches urgently needed for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)

, May 19, 2015

When Croakey’s #JustJustice campaign was launched last month by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, it prompted this heartfelt tweet from Sue Miers, the Chairperson of the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Australia: In the post below, Anne Messenger, Editor of Public Health Research & Practice at the […]
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Close the Gap campaign says Indigenous health must be quarantined from #Budget2015 cuts

, May 09, 2015

The Close the Gap Campaign has released its position paper on the Federal Budget 2015-16, calling on Government to restore cuts of up to $534.4 million over five years from the rationalisation of Indigenous Affairs programs, grants and activities administered by the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Health portfolios. Co-Chairs Mick Gooda and Kirstie Parker said Indigenous […]
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WA backs away on “up to 150” remote communities to close, outlines process, but anger, anxiety continues

, May 08, 2015

The Western Australian government has backed away from earlier statements that up to 150 remote Indigenous communities would be closed and promised that any change would be “gradual and incremental” – but it still expects a “significant” number to close over time. The government’s plans for remote communities, which have caused great anxiety in communities […]
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Help change the conversations around Aboriginal health, with some #JustJustice

, Apr 16, 2015

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The over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is a profound threat to the health and wellbeing of communities, families and individuals, according to Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman who works in Aboriginal health and is a PhD candidate. In the article below, Finlay encourages Croakey readers to engage with the recently […]