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The Health Wrap: Climate hell in a handbasket; getting SDOH traction; Indigenous engagement; new ideas in public health

Kellie Bisset October 8, 2013

    By Kellie Bisset Can we avoid going to climate hell in a handbasket? As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Fifth Assessment Report, warning that preventive steps are critical to address climate warming, Australia’s  newly axed Climate Commission re-emerged as the Climate Council after a lightening speed community fund-raising drive that […]

The Health Wrap: Election fever/malaise, care roadblocks, the impact of adversity, hopes and realities for Aboriginal health

Kellie Bisset September 6, 2013

By Kellie Bisset  Election fever – or is that malaise? As Australia goes to the polls, we are slightly more enlightened about the major parties’ approaches to health than we were two weeks ago. But  many in health have pointed out during this campaign that their hopes for in-depth discussion and innovative ideas on the […]

What will it take to rediscover a more inspiring politics? This poem has some leads…

What will it take to rediscover a more inspiring politics? This poem has some leads…

Melissa Sweet September 6, 2013

Who could argue with The Guardian’s election editorial comment:“What a dispiriting election campaign it has been”. To put it mildly. As Croakey’s election health coverage has made clear, there has been virtually no intersection between the issues that have surfaced in public debate and what are the pressing concerns for the community’s health and healthcare. […]

Election wrap : the Coalition is not leading the field, in health policy anyway

Election wrap : the Coalition is not leading the field, in health policy anyway

Michelle Hughes September 4, 2013

Well, it’s election week, and it’s time to make a decision.  Disappointingly, the discussion around population health and health policy has been frustratingly brief this election. John Dwyer has reminded us that there is so much more we hoped for. In the words of Tony McBride from the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance: “While there […]

Focus on mental health and climate change, and you might be more popular: advice to politicians and the media

Focus on mental health and climate change, and you might be more popular: advice to politicians and the media

Melissa Sweet September 1, 2013

The media’s performance in the federal election campaign was under scrutiny in this session, WTF – Why the Farce? Election Reporting, at the New News conference in Melbourne on Saturday. Mental health, housing affordability and climate change were identified as some of the issues that are important to the community that have not been getting […]

Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

Weighing up the Coalition’s health policy (and finding it pretty light-on)

Melissa Sweet August 26, 2013 2 Comments

When weighing up the various election policies through a health lens, some of the most important issues to consider are: 1. How do the policies address climate change, the major public health issue that we – as Australians, as the planet – are facing? 2. How are health inequalities addressed? Is there an explicit commitment […]

The Health Wrap: Finally (some) health policies get an airing plus, female Indigenous voices, changing doctors’ ways

Kellie Bisset August 23, 2013

    By Melissa Davey   Finally, (some) health policies get an airing We’ve been hearing about boats, budgets and abolishing the carbon tax as the major parties ramp up their election campaigns, but it wasn’t until this week we heard a more detailed account from the Coalition about where they will focus their health […]

War on drugs: campaign against Pharmacy Guild PBS claims

Marie McInerney August 21, 2013

Three major health, consumer and social sector groups have joined together in a campaign to highlight the high prices paid for prescription medicines in Australia. The Consumers Health Forum of Australia, CHOICE and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) are calling on consumers to put pressure on MPs and candidates for the coming federal […]

Fresh thinking and political courage: what health policy needs, and what is lacking in the federal election debate

Fresh thinking and political courage: what health policy needs, and what is lacking in the federal election debate

Melissa Sweet August 18, 2013 2 Comments

For an excellent overview of health policy challenges in an election context, don’t miss this article at The Conversation by Jim Gillespie, Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, and Associate Professor in Health Policy at University of Sydney. He notes that policies around prevention are the main divide between the parties, and […]

Climate change is one of the most critical health issues to consider at the election

Climate change is one of the most critical health issues to consider at the election

Melissa Sweet August 14, 2013

Fiona Armstrong, Convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance, writes: With the federal election date looming, many Australians will be seriously considering their voting intentions and the issues that will shape them. So far the hot topics in the media have been the leader’s gaffes and characteristics of candidates, along with the state of the […]