Topic archives: evidence-based policy

The Health Wrap: The latest cancer statistics, alcohol law reforms and challenges to the obesity battle

February 7, 2014

By Melissa Davey Welcome back to the fortnightly Health Wrap, and the first for 2014.  We hope your start to the year has been a healthy one. There have been some hot health topics in the headlines for the past couple of weeks, and they have particularly focussed on alcohol and cancer. World Cancer Day […]

Some tips re digging for useful health policy information on the web

April 27, 2012

If you want to influence health policy, it helps to be abreast of the latest relevant evidence (in all its forms). But this can be difficult to achieve as so much of the evidence never sees the light of day through publication in journals or other public places (hence the Croakey Register of Unreleased Documents – […]

To tackle our drinking problem, look to Newcastle – and closer to home too

April 24, 2012

The NSW city of Newcastle is known for its port, coal, earthquake, surfing, lively arts scene, and for Silverchair, the Newcastle Knights and Joey Johns (did I miss anything?). But perhaps it should also get some kudos for its efforts to tackle alcohol-related harm, suggests Laurence Alvis, CEO of UnitingCare Moreland Hall. As well as turning to Newcastle […]

Should the public purse fund a procedure that “the best available evidence does not support”?

July 26, 2011

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist, writes: In recent years, hundreds of Australians have undergone a controversial procedure for spinal fractures associated with osteoporosis. The procedure, called vertebroplasty, involves placing a needle into the vertebra and injecting it with bone cement, to ‘fix’ the fracture, possibly by stopping the fragments of bone from […]

The “pretend” bowel cancer screening program is an opportunity lost

May 11, 2011 4

Kathy Flitcroft, from the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, has previously described the Federal Government’s policy failures around bowel cancer screening. The budget’s announcements on bowel cancer screening (as outlined by Cancer Council Australia’s Professor Ian Olver last night) add to her sense that the Government’s commitment evidence-based policy is […]

What’s Elvis Presley got to do with alcohol labelling?

August 13, 2009 1

The Public Health Association of Australia is celebrating the passing of the alcopops tax legislation in the Senate today as “a significant victory for prevention and public health in Australia”. Meanwhile, health policy analyst Jennifer Doggett has been humming some old tunes, and contemplating Todd Harper’s recent Croakey post calling for health warnings on alcohol […]