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A call for funding certainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations

Michelle Hughes November 11, 2014

While there has progress in closing the gap between the health status of Indigenous Australians and that of non-Indigenous Australians, there is still much to be done. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Australia’s Health 2014 shows that a large gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians still exists. Perhaps […]

Are privacy concerns holding back research that could benefit people in rural and remote areas?

Are privacy concerns holding back research that could benefit people in rural and remote areas?

Melissa Sweet September 4, 2014

Jennifer Doggett writes: In the era of Facebook and over-sharing on social media do we need to be as vigilant about protecting individual health information as we have in the past? The tension between balancing privacy issues with access to data for researchers, managers and policy makers in the health sector was a common theme […]

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

Melissa Davey March 10, 2014

  Melissa Davey Once you’re done with the Health Wrap, be sure to check out this Croakey round-up of health news to make you smile.   What about the children? Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing to properly protect children and adolescents, and in some cases is enabling their exposure to alcohol advertising, according to […]

Toxic chemicals and pollutants affect kids’ brain development

fronjacksonwebb February 24, 2014

Mark Taylor writes: The news that toxic chemicals may be triggering a rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in the United States has rightly prompted concern among parents. But what contaminants are Australian children exposed to that might increase the risk of brain and developmental disorders? In 2006, US researchers Philippe Grandjean and Philip Landrigan […]

A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

Melissa Sweet February 3, 2014

When journalists and others are reporting on the difficulties that people in rural and remote areas face in accessing mental health services, it is important to keep the big picture in mind, says Professor Tim Carey, a mental health academic at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. *** Behind the headlines on rural […]

What you can do about the health impact of bushfire smoke

Marie McInerney October 21, 2013

While the focus now is rightly on the communities at immediate risk from bushfires in New South Wales, those massive clouds of smoke that have hung over Sydney and elsewhere over the past week pose other health risks, say Martine Dennekamp and Fay Johnston from the Centre for Air Quality and Health Research and Evaluation. Their research shows that around 340,000 […]

Australia’s welfare: latest snapshot on need and disadvantage

Australia’s welfare: latest snapshot on need and disadvantage

Marie McInerney August 20, 2013

 The latest report card on health and wellbeing in Australia – Australia’s welfare 2013 – paints a broad picture of a healthy and wealthy nation, but also maps entrenched and emerging disadvantage. So too do two other recent reports that drill further down into some of the issues: the latest data from the Australian Bureau […]

Country practice: recruiting doctors to work in the bush

fronjacksonwebb May 30, 2013 1 Comment

Anthony Scott writes: If you live far from a city, you are likely to be in poorer health than your urban counterparts; you’re also less likely to use health-care services and if you do, you’ll have to wait longer for care. In rural areas, almost one-third (29%) of patients wait 24 hours or more to see […]

A surprising lack of clarity around the definition of core primary health care services

Melissa Sweet May 21, 2013

“The implementation of primary health care (PHC) may well be one of the most significant systemic and ideological health reforms of modern times. Countries with stronger PHC systems have demonstrably more efficient, effective, and equitable health care. Primary health care can be considered a philosophy, an approach to the delivery and development of services and […]

Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN

Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN

Melissa Sweet April 10, 2013

One of the clear themes from the National Rural Health Conference has been the importance of social connections and online support for health and wellbeing. On a related note, there have been many discussions about how social media is powering advocacy for rural and remote health, and the importance of online connections for health service […]