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Governments shouldn’t be able to censor research results they don’t like

Governments shouldn’t be able to censor research results they don’t like

Kypros Kypri writes: Government departments and agencies routinely commission research to help them understand and respond to health, social and other problems. We expect such research to be impartial and unbiased. But governments impose legal conditions on such research that can subvert […]

As we fiddle with GST rises to fund health, South Australia sees big ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health

As we fiddle with GST rises to fund health, South Australia sees big ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health

As New South Wales and South Australia launch discussions on the merits of lifting the rate of the GST from 10 to 15 per cent “in order to pay for the increasing cost of healthcare”, they might want first to consider their health care priorities. Associate Professor Samantha Battams reveals below “a sad state of […]

#JustJustice: Let’s work together to Change the Record on Indigenous prison, violence rates

#JustJustice: Let’s work together to Change the Record on Indigenous prison, violence rates

‘Smarter justice, safer communities’ is the headline objective for the Change the Record campaign, launched earlier this year by the National Justice Coalition, a group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community and human rights organisations. In this article below, published as part of Croakey’s #JustJustice series, the Coalition’s Shane Duffy & Kirstie Parker […]

The Health Wrap: Reclaiming #auspol; violence, inequity, resilience and love; defining research

              By Kellie Bisset Reclaiming the policy debate Will the national reform summit, planned for next month by peak bodies in the welfare, ageing, business and union sectors, kick Australia’s policy debate into a more sensible sphere? Many would be hoping so and the process will at the very […]

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One man’s story of surviving the trauma of family violence: A #JustJustice LongRead

One man’s story of surviving the trauma of family violence: A #JustJustice LongRead

(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 […]

Thanks for helping to make some #JustJustice – wrapping up the crowdfunding campaign

Thanks for helping to make some #JustJustice – wrapping up the crowdfunding campaign

In coming months, Croakey hopes to bring you stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the country about the impacts of over-incarceration – upon individuals, families, and communities – and about related issues. We also will be sharing stories from communities that highlight effective, culturally appropriate solutions to help reverse the increasing […]

Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon write: After a shaky start, the Commonwealth Government is finally starting a debate about how Australia’s future health system should look. Next week, the prime minister and premiers will meet to discuss some big reform options, such as a radical centralisation or devolution of health care. It looks like Treasurer […]

Making the case for registration of naturopaths

Making the case for registration of naturopaths

Should naturopaths be registered? It’s a controversial debate that’s hit the headlines again recently, following the near-death of a baby in Sydney. Dr Jon Wardle, from the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney, who has been taking plenty of media calls on this question, argues below that […]

If GPs had more effective advocates, would we have a better health system?

If GPs had more effective advocates, would we have a better health system?

The GP publication Australian Doctor recently took the rare step of publishing a front-page editorial – one of only a handful in its 30-year history – attacking both the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The editorial says the speciality’s lack of political influence over the last ten years […]

A year on, Australia’s health star food-rating system is showing cracks

A year on, Australia’s health star food-rating system is showing cracks

Mark Lawrence and Christina Pollard write: The government has started the second phase of its awareness campaign for Australia’s year-old health star food-rating system. The A$2.1 million campaign is aimed at educating grocery buyers about how to shop for healthy food and encouraging the food industry to adopt […]