Topic archives: Food

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

July 14, 2015

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 […]

The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

March 14, 2015 1

                By Kellie Bisset RIP copayment As Prime Minister Tony Abbott ended ongoing criticisms of the government’s GP copayment proposal by  declaring it “dead, buried and cremated”, health groups warned that the sting might just be in the tail. A Medicare rebate freeze until 2018 might save $1.3 […]

Why bad food is good for business

Why bad food is good for business

August 4, 2014

Rosemary Stanton and Christina Pollard write: Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business. In the […]

Fat free and 100% natural: seven food labelling tricks exposed

Fat free and 100% natural: seven food labelling tricks exposed

April 14, 2014

Sandra Jones writes: If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. But don’t hold your breath for an at-a-glance food labelling system that tells you how much salt, fat and sugar each product contains. Australia’s proposed “health star rating” labelling scheme was put on hold in February, following pressure from the food industry. And […]

A challenge to Australia: make sure every child has access to affordable healthy food

A challenge to Australia: make sure every child has access to affordable healthy food

March 23, 2014 4

Marie McInerney reports: Here’s a challenge to Australian politicians, leading food retailers like Woolworths and Coles and perhaps consumers: make sure that every child in the country has access to affordable fruit and vegetables by 2017, “whatever their postcode”. It was laid down last week by global health campaigner Alessandro Demaio who says Australia can’t […]

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

March 10, 2014

  Melissa Davey Once you’re done with the Health Wrap, be sure to check out this Croakey round-up of health news to make you smile.   What about the children? Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing to properly protect children and adolescents, and in some cases is enabling their exposure to alcohol advertising, according to […]

Big Food lobbying: tip of the iceberg exposed

February 19, 2014

Gary Sacks writes: The influence of the food lobby has come into the public spotlight over the past week, with revelations that Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s chief-of-staff, Alastair Furnival, has strong links to the food industry. Furnival previously worked as a lobbyist for several food companies and is the co-owner of a firm that has represented […] 

Industry winning the fight against better food labelling

Industry winning the fight against better food labelling

February 5, 2014 2

Kathy Chapman writes: Most people doing their grocery shopping are probably blissfully unaware of the industry lobbying and backroom politics that determines what information appears on food labels. So let’s start with some background. For almost two years, a Commonwealth government-led initiative involving public health and consumer groups, industry organisations as well as state government health […]

The Health Wrap: Putting social determinants front and centre, the darker side of Halloween, and all things public health

November 1, 2013

  By Kellie Bisset  Putting the social determinants of health front and centre The impact of social disadvantage on healthcare and other important ‘downstream’ factors was a focus of the past fortnight as Australia marked Anti Poverty Week. This piece on Croakey from Marie McInerney pulls together the findings from Anti Poverty Week research reports […]

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

August 9, 2013 1

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

July 12, 2013

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 […]

The Health Wrap: on politics, policy, research, and developments in Aboriginal health

June 28, 2013

By Kellie Bisset A little bit political As the nation adjusted to the news of a new Prime Minister, it was still unclear at the time of writing whether Health Minister Tanya Plibersek would retain her position. The AMA wasted no time in calling for Kevin Rudd to put health front and centre at the […]

On Big Food, unhealthy partnerships, and the public health benefits of regulation

March 18, 2013

When the junk food and alcohol industries seek to cosy up to health professionals and organisations, beware. The aim of such “partnerships” is to stop the sort of regulation that is needed to improve public health and safety, according to the latest JournalWatch article profiled by Dr Melissa Stoneham of the Public Health Advocacy Institute […]

Sustainability and equity concerns should have been front and centre in the new dietary guidelines

February 19, 2013 2

(This post was updated on 22 Feb with a response from Professor Amanda Lee, chair of the Dietary Guidelines Working Committee). As previously reported at Croakey, the long-awaited Australian Dietary Guidelines have now been released. The document is structured around five broad guidelines: To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of […]

Denmark scraps fat tax in another Big Food victory

November 19, 2012 1

Gary Sacks, Research Fellow, Population Health at Deakin University, writes: Denmark has scrapped the world’s first “fat tax”, which was charged on foods high in saturated fats, after just one year. Plans to introduce a tax on sugar have also been abandoned. In making the announcement, the Danish government said the tax had been criticised […]

What is the Australian National Preventive Health Agency doing with social media and social marketing?

September 24, 2012

In a recent Croakey post, I took a minor swipe at the Australian National Preventive Health Agency for its apparent lack of digital engagement. The Agency has since been in touch to outline a number of its social media initiatives – as described in the article towards the bottom of this post. I responded that […]

Plain packaging for junk food? Health experts call for government intervention

September 19, 2012 4

Charis Palmer writes: Australia should consider a healthy food rebate, tax on sugary drinks, and regulated portion sizes argue health experts, as New York pushes ahead with government regulation to address the obesity epidemic. The New York City health commissioner behind a proposed cap on the container size of sugary soft drinks has argued government […]

A wrap of recent news on McDonald’s, marketing and health (and some parallel universes)

May 14, 2012 4

When it comes to food and health, it seems that we are living in parallel universes. In one universe, there is a new report from The Institute of Medicine in the US, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, urging governments and decision makers (including those in the private sector) “to […]

Why Federal Cabinet should include a Minister for Food

February 16, 2012 1

Food policy is such an important – and contested – space that we should have a Food Minister, in Cabinet, according to Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, and Associate Professor Heather Yeatman of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong. *** Making the case for a Ministry for Food Michael […]

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

January 11, 2012

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 […]