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Is the Dietitians Association of Australia in the pocket of Big Food?

Is the Dietitians Association of Australia in the pocket of Big Food?

Public health lawyer, author and blogger Michele Simon has been investigating conflicts of interest and the Dietitians Association of Australia.  Simon, president of Eat Drink Politics, a corporate watchdog consulting firm in the US, has released an Australian edition of “And Now A Word From Our Sponsors”, detailing close links between the food industry and DAA. […]

AMA not happy about Coca-Cola’s health-washing letter to doctors: it won’t happen again

AMA not happy about Coca-Cola’s health-washing letter to doctors: it won’t happen again

It’s not news that globally the junk food and drink industry is on a health-washing campaign as part of efforts to avoid regulatory pressure and maintain profits (see this 2010 article on the industry’s tactics from the US-based Centre for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch.) What is surprising, perhaps, is that the Australian Medical Publishing […]

The Health Wrap: Mending Medicare, system stresses, nanny state debates, an unhealthy climate

The Health Wrap: Mending Medicare, system stresses, nanny state debates, an unhealthy climate

By Kellie Bisset Poll position As the election race began, and those in the healthcare sector wondered if health might get a look-in at any point during the campaign, the Mend Medicare Coalition wasted no time in launching its own campaign calling for reform. As reported by Croakey, the Coalition released a report calling on […]

The Health Wrap: the tobacco stain, wicked obesity problems, a new Aboriginal health vision and more

The Health Wrap: the tobacco stain, wicked obesity problems, a new Aboriginal health vision and more

This week’s Health Wrap has been prepared by Melissa Davey, former SMH journalist, prolific tweeter and keen public health observer who has joined me at the Sax Institute in the new role of Communications Manager. This expansion of the Croakey Health Wrap team is well timed given the amount of health news being produced and […]

The Health Wrap: reflections on NAIDOC week, health equity, the power of evidence, science matters

The Health Wrap: reflections on NAIDOC week, health equity, the power of evidence, science matters

By Kellie Bisset NAIDOC Week – celebrations and reflections As NAIDOC Week celebrated the richness of Aboriginal cultures with multiple events around the country, it’s timely to reflect on this year’s theme “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem […]

If you support stronger regulation of pharma/doctor interactions, now is the time to speak up

If you support stronger regulation of pharma/doctor interactions, now is the time to speak up

A bill has been introduced into the Senate that would restrict interactions between the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession. Most of the submissions to a Senate committee inquiry into the proposals have come from industry. In the article below, Dr Ken Harvey, adjunct associate professor at La Trobe University, urges concerned members of the public and […]

Sign up for greater transparency around the ties between medical industry and health professionals

Sign up for greater transparency around the ties between medical industry and health professionals

If you’d like to see more open disclosure of the financial ties between the medical industry and health professionals, you might like to consider signing this petition. Public health campaigner Associate Professor Ken Harvey, of La Trobe University’s School of Public Health, explains some of the background to his petition below. *** Pushing for US-style […]

Healthy Weight Week: what is it really promoting?

Healthy Weight Week: what is it really promoting?

Healthy Weight Week is due to kick off on Sunday. But Professor Mike Daube, Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Curtin University, wonders whose interests are really being served by this initiative. *** What have Coco Pops and Froot Loops got to do with healthy weight? Mike Daube writes: National Healthy Weight Week […]

A rather large wrap of recent Croakey articles: public health, health reform, media coverage of health and more

A rather large wrap of recent Croakey articles: public health, health reform, media coverage of health and more

As previously mentioned, Croakey readers are welcome to sign up for (rather irregular) summaries of posts. If you’d like to join the mailing list, please send your email or leave it below. Here is the latest compilation, covering from 6 October – December 23, 2011. The latest readership figures are now also available, showing that […]

Why we need healthy housing policy (and introducing Croakey’s first intern)

Why we need healthy housing policy (and introducing Croakey’s first intern)

Housing stress is in the headlines as a result of this new report from The National Housing Supply Council, which was established by the Australian Government in 2008 “to monitor housing demand, supply and affordability in Australia, and to highlight current and potential gaps between housing supply and demand from households”. Meanwhile, recent research highlights […]