Topic archives: public health

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

August 18, 2015 1

The complexities for public health messaging around women drinking during pregnancy have been highlighted by new research undertaken at the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre. The study found that women are receiving, and actively interpreting, contradictory information about the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant from a number of sources. The qualitative […]

Can a citizen’s jury transform obesity policy?

August 17, 2015 1

A recent announcement that VicHealth will run a citizen’s jury to look at solutions to obesity was not met with support from all in the health setting. Criticisms include questions around the influence of the final report. In this post Jerril Rechter, CEO of Vic Health explains that with rising rates of overweight and obesity, […]

Forget Vegemite-based policy. Here are some sensible recommendations for reducing alcohol-related harms

Forget Vegemite-based policy. Here are some sensible recommendations for reducing alcohol-related harms

August 10, 2015

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion’s foray into Vegemite-based policy has won global headlines for a suggestion that the product should be restricted in some remote communities to stop moonshine production – even Time Australia inhaled.  But the weight of opinion – including from public health experts, police, and scientists – seems to suggest the recommendation should be, uhm, toast… […]

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

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

July 31, 2015 4

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, […]

Nine questions about the state of public health in Victoria: #HealthyPolitics

Nine questions about the state of public health in Victoria: #HealthyPolitics

July 30, 2015

As recently previewed at Croakey, a public forum in Melbourne this week highlighted some critical questions about the public health challenges facing Victoria. Marie McInerney was there to provide the report below for the Croakey Conference News Service. *** Marie McInerney writes:  It would have been – as suggested by forum moderator Michael Moore, CEO […]

Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

July 26, 2015

There are so many reasons that people working in the health sector should consider supporting the @IndigenousXLtd crowdfunding campaign, according to Dr Tim Senior, a GP who works in Aboriginal health. Check them out below – and have a listen to this recent ABC radio interview with Luke Pearson, the founder of the successful rotated […]

Is Victoria up to tackling the big public health issues?

Is Victoria up to tackling the big public health issues?

July 21, 2015 1

Marie McInerney writes: A public health forum in Melbourne next week will look for answers about future investment in preventative health programs in Victoria, amid concerns that the landmark Healthy Together Victoria initiative – which has attracted international attention – is set to lapse. Public Health Association of Australia (Victorian Branch) president Brian Vandenberg said […]

The Health Wrap: Reclaiming #auspol; violence, inequity, resilience and love; defining research

July 19, 2015

              By Kellie Bisset Reclaiming the policy debate Will the national reform summit, planned for next month by peak bodies in the welfare, ageing, business and union sectors, kick Australia’s policy debate into a more sensible sphere? Many would be hoping so and the process will at the very […]

The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

July 4, 2015

                This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe Life’s good….for some To start the Health Wrap on a […]

Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

Linking you into a stack of important health reading – and check out the human rights “rant”

June 26, 2015

A stack of health-related inquiries and reports have been released that may be of interest to Croakey readers. Plus, some human rights ranting to follow… • The second interim report of the Senate Select Committee inquiring into health policies raised concerns about the damage being done to primary health care by Federal funding cuts. Cuts […]

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

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

June 23, 2015

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 Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

The Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

June 9, 2015 1

  By Kellie Bisset The disgrace of Indigenous incarceration rates Following the successful crowdfunding of Croakey’s #JustJustice campaign, it’s timely to reflect on the release of the Amnesty International Report  A brighter tomorrow: keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia. The report found that Indigenous youth incarceration is at its highest level in 20 […]

Please join a #Periscope chat today about #JustJustice, public health, journalism, and more…

Please join a #Periscope chat today about #JustJustice, public health, journalism, and more…

April 24, 2015

A new live-streaming app, Periscope (owned by Twitter), has had some bad press because of the trolling that is already occurring (see, for example, this article by journalist and academic Jenna Price, and this one by television presenter Jo Stanley). However, Periscope also has potentially interesting and useful applications for public health and journalism, amongst other […]

Lessons from a social media stoush

Lessons from a social media stoush

April 20, 2015 10

Many thanks to  Wendy Oakes, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, Heart Foundation NSW for this insight into using social media for public health advocacy. Wendy writes: Mentioning e-cigarettes on any public platform  can be a daunting experience. While social media is a potential tool for public health advocacy  the reality is that in the area […]

NSW: where polluters trump public health concerns

NSW: where polluters trump public health concerns

April 19, 2015

The recent NSW election has put the spotlight on the State Government’s prioritising of vested interests ahead of public health, according to Jude Page, NSW branch president of the PHAA. The health impacts of polluting motorways, coal mine expansions, and coal seam gas exploration deserve far greater scrutiny and action, she argues. Her article also […]

Hearing from communities and experts with solutions for #JustJustice

Hearing from communities and experts with solutions for #JustJustice

April 10, 2015

The need for effective solutions to the “public health catastrophe” of the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was highlighted at a conference held this week in Geraldton, WA. The conference coincided with the launch of a new Croakey project, #JustJustice: a crowd-funding campaign that aims to produce a series of articles and […]

Health Wrap: Ice rethink, mental health funding reprieve, tackling anti-vaccination activists, sweat to live longer

April 10, 2015 1

                This week’s Health Wrap has been written by my colleague Ellice Mol, another new Sax Institute staff member. Ellice is our new Digital Communications Manager, a dab hand at producing digital content and has also worked in radio, video and film production. We hope you enjoy the […]

The Health Wrap: Forgotten election issues, Indigenous funding reprieve, mind-eating ice, Medicare debate not dead yet

March 27, 2015

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two about health reporting – she has worked in the media for 25 years, most recently as […]

A call to remove alcohol from the Official Drinks Cabinet of sports

A call to remove alcohol from the Official Drinks Cabinet of sports

March 23, 2015 1

Anyone for cricket? Or, given the avalanche of alcohol advertising hitting our World Cup screens, perhaps it’s more appropriate to ask, anyone want to get legless? According to Danica Keric, Julia Stafford & Mike Daube from the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth at Curtin University in Perth, it’s also appropriate to ask: […]

The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

The Health Wrap: RIP copayment; choice vs culture; future proofing research infrastructure; on matters of evidence

March 14, 2015 1

                By Kellie Bisset RIP copayment As Prime Minister Tony Abbott ended ongoing criticisms of the government’s GP copayment proposal by  declaring it “dead, buried and cremated”, health groups warned that the sting might just be in the tail. A Medicare rebate freeze until 2018 might save $1.3 […]