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The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained […]

Australia’s Ebola response: A worrying insight into our lack of preparedness for other infectious disease threats?

Australia’s Ebola response: A worrying insight into our lack of preparedness for other infectious disease threats?

Melissa Sweet writes: While G20 leaders are under pressure to step up the global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, experts warn that Australia’s tardy response raises concerns about our overall preparedness for global health threats. The Consumers Health Forum of Australia has supported a call from the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations […]

Listen up, health officials – here’s how to reduce ‘Ebolanoia’

Listen up, health officials – here’s how to reduce ‘Ebolanoia’

Claire Hooker and Julie Leask write: An epidemic disease such as Ebola brings suffering to more than those who get ill or die. Social and economic threats can actually outstrip the medical ones. The outbreaks of SARS in 2003, for example, cost the world economy some US$40 billion, partly as a result of highly disputed […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme […]

What does ebola tell us about the state of global health?

What does ebola tell us about the state of global health?

Last week in the Lancet, Lawrence Gostin and Eric Freidman discussed the reasons that the ebola outbreak constitutes a crisis in global health leadership  and called for reform. In this article (a previous version of which appeared in DevPolicy) Sam Byfield, from  the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health, looks at the factors that have contributed to the […]

An AusMAT deployment to fight ebola – How and why

An AusMAT deployment to fight ebola – How and why

Thus far the federal government has resisted calls for Australia to send assistance other than funding to fight the growing ebola crisis in West Africa citing an inability to guarantee treatment for infected personnel close by. In this open letter  visiting Professor Larry Hollingworth CBE, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University, New York explains that, while evacuation routes […]

Hearing from the nurses who have seen the toll of Ebola up close and personal

Hearing from the nurses who have seen the toll of Ebola up close and personal

“We need to go there and support them, and stop the hysterics”: this was the clear message from a session at the CRANAplus conference in Melbourne on Friday, which heard from two Australian nurses who have recently returned from deployments to West Africa. *** “We cry at night and work during the day” Rosemary Cadden […]

Health leaders pile pressure on Australian Government to step up on #Ebola

Health leaders pile pressure on Australian Government to step up on #Ebola

The Australian Government has been urged to step up its response to the global Ebola crisis and take a leadership role – in boosting Australia’s role in relief efforts, as well as in contributing more usefully to public debate. The call comes from Christopher Cliffe, CEO of CRANAplus, an organisation representing remote area health professionals […]

A desperate call-out to the nation’s cartoonists: the Ebola crisis needs you

A desperate call-out to the nation’s cartoonists: the Ebola crisis needs you

The juxtaposition of these two stories on The Guardian’s website speaks volumes. As previously noted at Croakey, the Australian Government appears to have its head stuck firmly in the sand when it comes to responding appropriately to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Desperate times call for desperate measures – when considered public health advice […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

                 By Kellie Bisset Ebola: a study in disadvantage More than 900 people have died in the West African Ebola epidemic from a total of just over 1700 suspected cases. Apart from awakening our latent fears of rampant infectious disease, what else does this outbreak tell us? Well, […]