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On the many ways that federal policies are hitting Tasmanians’ health

On the many ways that federal policies are hitting Tasmanians’ health

Two recent Senate committee reports have raised concerns that federal policies are exacerbating health inequities (an interim report from the Senate Select Committee on Health, and another report, Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia). Such concerns are particularly acute in Tasmania, as was made clear in submissions to the Senate Select Committee on Health. […]

A Croakey #longread: remembering those we’ve lost – and a call to action for planetary health

A Croakey #longread: remembering those we’ve lost – and a call to action for planetary health

This week marks the first anniversary of the traumatic loss of Professor Gavin Mooney and his partner Dr Delys Weston. The lengthy article below captures some of the themes from a recent conference that honoured their work and their activism for a fairer, more sustainable world. It includes a remarkable cri de coeur from Siobhan Harpur, Director […]

Will the Senate inquiry lead to action on the social determinants of health?

Will the Senate inquiry lead to action on the social determinants of health?

It’s taken years but at last there may be some movement towards developing a national approach to action on the social determinants of health – something that is widely agreed to be essential if we are to achieve a fairer distribution of health. In the article below, Professor Fran Baum from Flinders University and a […]

A critical challenge for health reformers: how to hear from those with the greatest need?

A critical challenge for health reformers: how to hear from those with the greatest need?

Leaders of the North Coast NSW Medicare Local recently described a series of public meetings and discussions aimed at involving the general community and clinicians in primary health care reform. Other Medicare Locals are also seeking to engage their communities in their work. How can they ensure that the voices of the people who are […]

Could Australian doctors be doing more to tackle health inequities?

Could Australian doctors be doing more to tackle health inequities?

At the Public Health Association conference in Adelaide this week, Professor Fran Baum from Flinders University presented this broad overview of the international evidence on the relationships between sustainability and equity in health. Her presentation showed that: • global health inequalities are profound. For example, while 92 per cent of girls born in Australia between […]

What does the evidence say about how to improve Indigenous health? A challenge to current policy

What does the evidence say about how to improve Indigenous health? A challenge to current policy

As previously reported at Croakey, an important study assessing the cost effectiveness of various prevention and treatment interventions was recently released. One of the many interesting aspects of the ACE-Prevention study was that it included analyses specific to Indigenous Australians. I asked the authors if they could explain the implications of their findings for Indigenous […]

How unfairness is built in to our health system

How unfairness is built in to our health system

Following on from the previous post, which looked at why equity matters, this post makes it clear that inequity is built into our health system in many ways and at many levels. A range of Croakey contributors have provided examples of health inequities. Because the inequities in Indigenous health are so well known, I asked […]

Why we need an Australian Health and Equity Commission: Fran Baum

Why we need an Australian Health and Equity Commission: Fran Baum

England has had the Marmot Review, which was commissioned to help shape a policy response to the landmark 2008 report from the WHO’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). Australia, so far as Croakey knows, has shown no such initiative. Why? And what could we be doing to help redress health inequities? These […]

The good and the worrying news about bowel cancer screening

The good and the worrying news about bowel cancer screening

Do cancer screening programs increase the health gap between the well-to-do and the not-so-well-off? That is one worrying implication from a study just published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Researchers sought to examine the initial impact of the national bowel cancer screening program which offers faecal occult blood testing to those aged 55 or […]