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Rallying, marching and tweeting for #SOSBlakAustralia

Rallying, marching and tweeting for #SOSBlakAustralia

If a picture can tell a thousand words, then the tweets from the #SOSBlakAustralia rallies that were held around the country in recent days surely tell a few books’ worth. In remote communities, country towns, regional centres and the cities, many thousands of people rallied to express support for the rights of Aboriginal peoples, and […]

A MayDay call to action for health professionals: sign this letter and stand up for #SOSBlakAustralia

A MayDay call to action for health professionals: sign this letter and stand up for #SOSBlakAustralia

(This post was updated on April 28 & 29, & May 1, 4, 6 & 21). This Friday (May 1), rallies will be held around Australia and in other countries to protest against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. In the open letter published below, Dr Melissa Stoneham of the Public Health Advocacy […]

“Government should invest in these communities, rather than withdraw existing services” #LifestyleChoice

“Government should invest in these communities, rather than withdraw existing services” #LifestyleChoice

The Prime Minister is reportedly unrepentant in the wake of a storm of protest over his comments referring to life in remote Aboriginal communities as a “lifestyle choice”. He made the comments when backing a West Australian Government plan to close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities. Check #lifestylechoice on Twitter for some of the reaction, […]

Indigenous health professionals urged to support campaign against closure of remote communities

Indigenous health professionals urged to support campaign against closure of remote communities

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Federal Government to show leadership and protect the future of remote communities (the letter is published in full at the bottom of this post). In a media statement, Congress says recent action by the Western Australian […]

How to reduce the grog toll: an important new review

How to reduce the grog toll: an important new review

An effective way to reduce the harms caused by excessive drinking is to reduce the density of outlets selling alcohol, whether it’s for drinking on or off premises, according to a new systematic review just released by health authorities in the US. The review, published in the latest American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was undertaken […]

City-based journos and policy: a threat to remote Indigenous health?

City-based journos and policy: a threat to remote Indigenous health?

One of the problems with people like me (journalists) is that when we find a problem, we want someone to solve it. And because most of us are based in the major cities, we tend to look to state or federal governments to come up with the solutions. Unfortunately this can create all sorts of […]