Topic archives: global health

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

July 28, 2015 1

So here’s a question, or two. For months, we’ve been hearing many different experts and health organisations warning about the risks to health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which Trade Minister Andrew Robb hopes might be finalised during talks in Hawaii this week. Q: Have any health ministers, in any jurisdiction, taken steps […]

Postcard from Montreal: Towards a better understanding of ecosystems and health

Postcard from Montreal: Towards a better understanding of ecosystems and health

March 24, 2015

In reviewing last year’s EcoHealth conference in Montreal, Dr Jonathan Kingsley, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, also gives a taster of a conference heading to Melbourne next year. Jonathan Kingsley writes: Professor Kerry Arabena and I had the privilege of attending the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Public Health […]

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

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

November 15, 2014

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 […]

What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders?

November 13, 2014

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 […]

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

October 22, 2014

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 […]

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

October 18, 2014 2

“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

October 15, 2014

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 […]

Developing a Global Health MOOC: what does it take?

Developing a Global Health MOOC: what does it take?

October 3, 2014

The advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) brings new opportunities for academics and students. Dr Samantha Battams, Associate Professor and Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University Australia, was involved last year in developing the University of Geneva MOOC, ‘Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview’. The course – which can still be accessed here – was part of […]

NCDs: Time for a policy push for Global Health’s poor cousin.

NCDs: Time for a policy push for Global Health’s poor cousin.

August 11, 2014

NCDs are emerging as the major global health threat of the future yet they attract a minimal amount of global health spending. Where does the gap lie: policy or evidence? In an article originally published in WhyDev, Sam Byfield, from the Nossal Institute of Global Health, looks behind the numbers. Sam Byfield writes: NCDs (including cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, chronic […]

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

August 8, 2014

                 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, […]

A call for action on reducing the risk of HIV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

A call for action on reducing the risk of HIV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

July 17, 2014

 Marie McInerney reports: Australian organisers of an international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS have opened the Sydney event with the release of new data and concerns that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are at risk of a “rapid escalation” of HIV and AIDS. Conference co-convenor Associate Professor James Ward said Australia is at […]

Putting Indigenous peoples on the HIV & AIDS global agenda: #IPCHIV14

Putting Indigenous peoples on the HIV & AIDS global agenda: #IPCHIV14

July 16, 2014

An international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS will be held in Sydney this week, ahead of the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne next week. Marie McInerney previews the discussions below, and will cover the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. Follow the discussions on Twitter at #IPCHIV14, and @ToddFernando will also be tweeting for […]

The Health Wrap: A big Budget wrap; a global shared challenge; reframing Indigenous health conversations

May 18, 2014

  By Kellie Bisset   A big Budget wrap Budget night has come and gone but the impact is still reverberating. There has been much written already about the potential effects of some of the budget measures and no doubt there will be more, as protests take place across the country, and unhappy state and […]

The real drivers of so much poor health – the inequitable distribution of power and resources

The real drivers of so much poor health – the inequitable distribution of power and resources

April 16, 2014

The implications of rising levels of inequality for the economy and indeed the future of capitalism are gaining plenty of attention thanks to the splash being created by a new book by economist Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.  Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics, reportedly calls for a return to far […]

What did the Marches in March reveal about community health concerns? And the global picture…

What did the Marches in March reveal about community health concerns? And the global picture…

March 19, 2014 3

So much of the dialogue around health is top-down, driven by the interests of institutions, professionals, corporates, governments, and others with traditional forms of power. The recent series of Marches in March can be explored from many different angles, but one is the opportunity they brought for the community to speak up on health concerns. […]

The Health Wrap: an evidence-based Christmas, wins in Indigenous health, and a HIV health scare in Sydney

December 13, 2013

We’re all familiar with the chocolate-filled advent calendars that crop up in shops this time of year, but perhaps a healthier choice might be the UK Cochrane Centre’s evidence-based advent calendar. The third day of Christmas, for example, features cranberries; ‘Evidence from 24 studies with almost 4500 people suggests that cranberry products don’t offer any […]

Distrust of health services a critical barrier to reducing HIV toll upon indigenous peoples globally

Distrust of health services a critical barrier to reducing HIV toll upon indigenous peoples globally

November 24, 2013

In the lead up to AIDS 2014 in Melbourne next year, Maori public health researcher Clive Aspin reports on the lessons from a large international gathering of indigenous peoples affected by HIV that was recently held in Canada. *** Getting HIV to zero: Canada leads the way Clive Aspin writes: When it comes to HIV […]

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 […]