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Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – held in Sydney last Friday – could not have been more timely. Forum participants heard about the importance of building genuine partnerships with communities in successful primary health care initiatives, as journalist Amy Coopes reports below for the Croakey Conference News Service. Beneath her […]

Federal health budget review: “There is a failure to realise that health is central to the well-being and wealth of individuals and nations”

Federal health budget review: “There is a failure to realise that health is central to the well-being and wealth of individuals and nations”

Many thanks to Dr Lesley Russell for this insightful analysis of the federal health budget. Dr Russell writes: Every year since 2007 I have done a detailed analysis of the health provisions in the federal budget.  I do this in the light of current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding and support my work, […]

Celebrating successes in oral health and looking to an innovative future.

Celebrating successes in oral health and looking to an innovative future.

This article is adapted from an editorial published in the most recent edition of the Australasian Medical Journal.  Thanks to the Editor for his approval.  Marc Tennant and Estie Kruger, International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity, The University of Western Australia, write: If this was the 1960’s we would be talking about how […]

A new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity

A new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity

Today the Hon Julia Gillard will launch a new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity. In this article Fran Baum and Sharon Friel introduce us to the work and goals of the new Centre.  Fran Baum and Sharon Friel write: Many Australians will live shorter lives than others, not because of their […]

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 […]

Helping low income smokers to quit is a winning investment

Helping low income smokers to quit is a winning investment

So many public health initiatives end up doing most good for the better off.  So it’s nice to hear of one that’s brought plenty of payoff to people at the other end of the socioeconomic spectrum. Croakey’s North American correspondent, Dr Lesley Russell, reports below on new findings suggesting that targeting anti-smoking initiatives to the […]

Tough Love: has it ever worked?

Tough Love: has it ever worked?

Is income management smart policy and will it improve peoples’ health and wellbeing? A resounding “NO” is the answer from some of Australia’s leading experts on health equity. The following article is by Professor Mark Harris, Ms Elizabeth Harris, Mr Ben Harris-Roxas, and Associate Professor Marilyn Wise from the University of NSW’s Research Centre for […]

Where does the PM stand on health equity?

Where does the PM stand on health equity?

OK, so the recent post on why Health Ministers should insist on health equity impact statements for all policy recommendations may have revealed me as a hopelessly tragic idealist. And that’s not all. On reflection, I was also being a bit simplistic. Of course, if we really care about health equity, health ministers would probably […]

Why bowel cancer screening should target poorer patients

Why bowel cancer screening should target poorer patients

As previously mentioned at Croakey, the latest Medical Journal of Australia has published a study examining the impact of the national bowel cancer screening program. It suggests that the program may be more likely to benefit the better off. Professor Mark Harris, from the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity,  says there is […]

Redistributing health?

Redistributing health?

It strikes me that the global economic meltdown is creating one of those “is the glass half full or half empty?” moments. Governments are talking up the need for public spending, investment and infrastructure development as part of efforts to kickstart economies. As Fran Baum and colleagues point out in Crikey today, it’s a critical […]