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The Health Wrap: Climate hell in a handbasket; getting SDOH traction; Indigenous engagement; new ideas in public health

The Health Wrap: Climate hell in a handbasket; getting SDOH traction; Indigenous engagement; new ideas in public health

    By Kellie Bisset Can we avoid going to climate hell in a handbasket? As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Fifth Assessment Report, warning that preventive steps are critical to address climate warming, Australia’s  newly axed Climate Commission re-emerged as the Climate Council after a lightening speed community fund-raising drive that […]

The ‘interconnected but parallel universes’ of public policy

The ‘interconnected but parallel universes’ of public policy

Well, in case you missed it we have a new federal government. Should you have thoughts of influencing the new government’s health policy development, you may wish to consider this overview of the recent Power to Persuade Symposium, provided by symposium developer Gemma Carey. Gemma Carey writes: More than a hundred policymakers, community sector workers […]

The Health Wrap: Election fever/malaise, care roadblocks, the impact of adversity, hopes and realities for Aboriginal health

The Health Wrap: Election fever/malaise, care roadblocks, the impact of adversity, hopes and realities for Aboriginal health

By Kellie Bisset  Election fever – or is that malaise? As Australia goes to the polls, we are slightly more enlightened about the major parties’ approaches to health than we were two weeks ago. But  many in health have pointed out during this campaign that their hopes for in-depth discussion and innovative ideas on the […]

Election wrap : the Coalition is not leading the field, in health policy anyway

Election wrap : the Coalition is not leading the field, in health policy anyway

Well, it’s election week, and it’s time to make a decision.  Disappointingly, the discussion around population health and health policy has been frustratingly brief this election. John Dwyer has reminded us that there is so much more we hoped for. In the words of Tony McBride from the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance: “While there […]

The Health Wrap: Finally (some) health policies get an airing plus, female Indigenous voices, changing doctors’ ways

The Health Wrap: Finally (some) health policies get an airing plus, female Indigenous voices, changing doctors’ ways

    By Melissa Davey   Finally, (some) health policies get an airing We’ve been hearing about boats, budgets and abolishing the carbon tax as the major parties ramp up their election campaigns, but it wasn’t until this week we heard a more detailed account from the Coalition about where they will focus their health […]

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

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

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: the tobacco stain, wicked obesity problems, a new Aboriginal health vision and more

The Health Wrap: the tobacco stain, wicked obesity problems, a new Aboriginal health vision and more

This week’s Health Wrap has been prepared by Melissa Davey, former SMH journalist, prolific tweeter and keen public health observer who has joined me at the Sax Institute in the new role of Communications Manager. This expansion of the Croakey Health Wrap team is well timed given the amount of health news being produced and […]

What does $895 buy when it comes to Liberal Party health policy?

What does $895 buy when it comes to Liberal Party health policy?

Public health setbacks from the UK to NSW are shining a light on the influence of corporate lobbyists, as outlined in the previous post.  In light of these developments, it would be useful to know if tobacco, alcohol and gambling interests were represented at a recent Liberal Party fundraiser on health policy. (It’s a pretty safe […]

About health and the election: some questions that need asking

About health and the election: some questions that need asking

It seems unlikely that health policy will be a vote-swinger at the federal election, whenever that ends up happening. As Greg Jericho (who will forever be @GrogsGamut to me) wrote today at The Drum, Whatever happened to the health debate?: “Labor seem happy with what they have, and the Liberal Party seem desperate to not […]

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

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

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 […]