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Topic: prevention

Public health must get over its conceit and find a voice. So there!

Public health advocates need to get over the conceit that their work will inspire political action simply because it is worthy, according to Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and guest tweeter this past week at @WePublicHealth. In the article below, he explains some of the background to a new campaign, […]

“We need to spend more on preventive health.” So let’s slash it….

One of the “overarching concerns” raised by those who contributed suggestions to the Reform of the Federation Discussion Paper was “that there is insufficient funding directed to preventive health”. Meanwhile, a major obesity prevention initiative is about to get the chop. The Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites (CO-OPS Collaboration) – whose funding stops on […]

The power of data on the nitty-gritty of public health practice

Rebecca Zosel writes: The second of the CEIPS (Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science) Seminar Series was delivered by Dr Stephen McKenzie, CEIPS Research Officer on Monday 27 April: ‘Using health promotion practice records to inform practice’. The seminar profiled CEIPS’ long standing efforts to document public health practice so it is visible […]

We can cut Indigenous smoking and save lives – here’s how

David Thomas writes: More and more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers are quitting and fewer young people are taking up smoking. In ten years, the proportion of former smokers who have successfully quit has jumped from 24% to 37%. In recent years, Indigenous families, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and governments have increased attention […]

Counting the mental health toll: fallout from the Federal Budget

Health policy analyst Dr Lesley Russell has been poring over the federal budget papers, investigating the implications for health across the board and in specific areas. Below is the summary from her report investigating the implications for mental health (and her Indigenous health analysis is coming up next…) She warns that the budget will have […]

Profits, death and disease: big tobacco’s business model

Rob Moodie writes: Lung cancer, a leg amputation, or gasping for air as a result of emphysema are not fun ways of ending one’s life. All are common outcomes of smoking, and if current global patterns of smoking continue – 50% of young men and 10% of young women becoming smokers – one billion people are estimated to die this […]

Now this is a “Budget emergency”: the decimation of the public health workforce

Federal budget cuts, together with previous cutbacks by the South Australian Government, will decimate the prevention and health promotion workforce in SA, according to public health experts. In the article below, Rebecca Tooher, president of the SA Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia, and colleagues outline a bleak future for public health in […]

US chain CVS stops tobacco sales: over to you, Coles and Woolworths

Craig Dalton writes: The announcement by CVS, one of the largest drug store chains in the United States, that it will cease selling tobacco by October this year will have Coles’ and Woolworths’ public relations in a spin. While CVS is a “pharmacy” that finally decided selling tobacco is incongruent with being a health service provider, it is […]

Why it’s time to get out of our comfort zone when deciding how to spend health dollars…

If you were a benevolent dictator with $12 billion to splurge on fixing the healthcare system (the equivalent of Queensland’s health budget), what would be the fairest and best way of spending the funds? This was the challenge given to speakers at an Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) Thought Leaders Forum in Brisbane […]

Who cares for those who care?

Jaelea Skehan writes:  Mention the phrase ‘carer’ and you get an instant warm, fuzzy feeling along with a picture of someone strong and healthy, helping someone frail.  But these images can be very misleading. It is estimated that 2.6 million Australians are carers, many of whom are providing practical day-to-day and emotional support for people […]