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Climate change hits the headlines, despite the intense control efforts at G20

Climate change hits the headlines, despite the intense control efforts at G20

The Australian Government’s efforts to distract the world from its inaction on climate change have been blown out of the water as the G20 leaders meeting kicked off in Brisbane. US President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Queensland, stressing the importance of climate action, pledging $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to […]

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 […]

Health groups continue to raise their voices as G20 gets underway

Health groups continue to raise their voices as G20 gets underway

As the G20 gets draws closer, health groups are continuing to raise their voices regarding the health implications of topics under discussion.  In the most recent press releases a broad group of health organisations have come together to condemn the impact of coal on health and release a position paper on health and energy choices, […]

What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders?

What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders?

Global meetings like the G20 Leaders Summit are not generally reported through a health lens, although the decisions undertaken at the conference can have profound ramifications for health, at a local and global level. For example, yesterday’s landmark agreement  between the US and China ,which included the announcement of further emission reduction goals, lends some hope […]

Memo to G20 leaders: the three best buys for health equity (and it takes only five minutes!)

Memo to G20 leaders: the three best buys for health equity (and it takes only five minutes!)

The Brisbane Global Cafe, which is billed as a “pre-G20 thought-leadership forum”, is underway with “75 of the world’s sharpest, provocative and most innovative minds”. The five themes for its two days of discussions are: Improving Human Life; Powering Future Economies; The Digital Age – Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Tourism’s New Frontiers; and Cities of the […]

Will we act on global poverty, climate change and the rest?

Will we act on global poverty, climate change and the rest?

Professor Stephen Leeder, director of The Australian Health Policy Institute, responds to a recent Crikey article by Fran Baum and colleagues calling for international action on global poverty: “It was said of the Australian cricket team during several of the ill-fated Ashes series in the 1980s that repeatedly it ‘seized defeat from the jaws of […]