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Check #WePublicHealth to join Twitter chat on overcoming communications barriers

This week, Bronwyn Hemsley, an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist at The University of Newcastle, is in the chair at @WePublicHealth. @bronwynhemsley  has a special interest in people who need or use augmentative and alternative communication aids and technologies, and who cannot rely on natural speech to communicate. Join her in […]

Following the fossil fuel money trail: from Gunnedah to Canberra

In 2012, the Namoi Valley Independent newspaper, serving Gunnedah and district in north-western NSW, ran a front-page splash under the headline: “A true community asset: Gunnedah Rural Health Centre finally a reality”. The story says the Centre received “a huge financial boost” thanks to a $1 million donation from Shenhua Watermark Coal. The donation is also […]

Celebrate #NAIDOC2015 with a long-read about love

It’s NAIDOC Week – a time “to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”. The theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate – highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. I’m delighted to report that […]

Doctors in distress: join the #dochealth conversation on Twitter

Enormous interest was generated by a recent Croakey article urging medicine to confront “the dark side” of its institutional culture in the wake of the recent deaths of four junior doctors. The article was by Dr Kimberley Ivory, Senior Lecturer, Population Medicine and Sub-Dean of Student Support in the Sydney Medical School at the University […]

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 […]

What makes a city liveable? Some answers from a new public health journal

A new online, open access journal, Public Health Research and Practice, has been launched by the Sax Institute. You can find out more about it below from editor Anne Messenger, who is also tweeting this week for @WePublicHealth. *** Anne Messenger writes: What does it mean to reside in a liveable city? Organisations globally consider […]

Is fear of social media stopping health services from listening to patients' stories?

Michael Greco, a founding Director and the Chief Executive of Patient Opinion Australia, is tweeting for @WePublicHealth this week – so Croakey readers will have the chance to question him directly about the service on Twitter. To help kickstart the discussions, he answered a few questions below. It would be interesting to know why more health […]

Now this is a "Budget emergency": the decimation of the public health workforce

Federal budget cuts, together with previous cutbacks by the South Australian Government, will decimate the prevention and health promotion workforce in SA, according to public health experts. In the article below, Rebecca Tooher, president of the SA Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia, and colleagues outline a bleak future for public health in […]

Review of Medicare Locals - stakeholders' response

While it may not have received the same media attention as the proposed GP co-payment, the Horvath Review of Medicare Locals, released yesterday, may have a greater impact on the future of primary health care. Given the negative sentiments expressed towards Medicare Locals previously by both the Prime Minister (“move the money from the back […]

Medicare Locals: why ‘local’ is the key (and central to Coalition pre-election promises)

Health Minister Peter Dutton has flagged the possibility of big cuts and changes for Medicare Locals in the coming Federal Budget, saying he wants to make sure health funds are being spent “on frontline services, not on bureaucracies”. In the post below, two Medicare Local CEOs argue that the ‘local’ in their names is key […]