Topic archives: social determinants of health

Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

Listening, trust and partnerships: learning from primary health care successes

August 17, 2015

The Annual Forum of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity – held in Sydney last Friday – could not have been more timely. Forum participants heard about the importance of building genuine partnerships with communities in successful primary health care initiatives, as journalist Amy Coopes reports below for the Croakey Conference News Service. Beneath her […]

Hearing from leaders in Indigenous medical education – plus #LIMEvi Twitter wrap

Hearing from leaders in Indigenous medical education – plus #LIMEvi Twitter wrap

August 16, 2015

Leaders in Indigenous medical education from Australia, Aotearoa, Canada and Hawai’i gathered in Townsville last week, on the country of the Bindal and Wulgurukaba Peoples, for the sixth conference of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network. With the conference theme of “knowledge systems, social justice and racism in health professional education”, many sessions […]

Learn from “one of the best examples in the world of a comprehensive primary healthcare service”

Learn from “one of the best examples in the world of a comprehensive primary healthcare service”

August 2, 2015

Amongst other things, the Third National Aboriginal Health Summit in Darwin last week provided some examples of how the wider primary healthcare sector can learn so much from the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. Presentations reviewing the history of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) highlighted the […]

Health organisations join those taking a stand against racism. #IStandWithAdam

Health organisations join those taking a stand against racism. #IStandWithAdam

July 31, 2015 1

It is important that health organisations are listed among those who have signed the statement below, taking a stand against the racism directed against prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. It is important because the health impacts of racism are too often ignored in public debate, and because the health […]

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 […]

Putting the spotlight on the first 1000 days, to improve children’s futures    #LongRead

Putting the spotlight on the first 1000 days, to improve children’s futures #LongRead

April 17, 2015

The first 1000 days is the name of a global movement that recognises the importance of the period between conception and a child’s 2nd birthday as a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier futures. The right nutrition and care during this 1,000 day window can have a profound effect on a child’s ability to […]

Help change the conversations around Aboriginal health, with some #JustJustice

Help change the conversations around Aboriginal health, with some #JustJustice

April 16, 2015 1

The over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is a profound threat to the health and wellbeing of communities, families and individuals, according to Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman who works in Aboriginal health and is a PhD candidate. In the article below, Finlay encourages Croakey readers to engage with the recently […]

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 […]

“Like all anti-racism efforts, our campaign confronted and challenged some people…”

“Like all anti-racism efforts, our campaign confronted and challenged some people…”

March 29, 2015 1

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, writes: beyondblue recently released findings of an independent evaluation of the Stop. Think. Respect. ‘Invisible Discriminator’ campaign, which showed increased awareness of racial discrimination in people who had seen the ads. The campaign was launched in July last year to highlight the link between psychological distress and subtle racism. It hit the […]

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 […]

The brave new world of open data

March 9, 2015

Rosie Williams has a BA in Sociology and is a budget transparency / open data advocate. In this post she discusses the possibilities for open data in health and offers an open invitation to the broader health community. Rosie writes:  In a remarkable feat of irony, a day before World Open Data Day (21 Feb), the ABS reported its […]

Time as a social determinant of health

Time as a social determinant of health

February 21, 2015

Daniel Reeders is a research officer with the What Works and Why project (w3project.org.au) at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. In this post he discusses a recent forum at Vic Health  on ‘Time as a social determinant of health’ and relates it to his personal experience working with a diverse range of […]

“A place to call home” – the winning entry in Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition

“A place to call home” – the winning entry in Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition

January 30, 2015

This statement is issued on behalf of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, the online publication Inside Story, and Croakey. A freelance writer from NSW, El Gibbs (pictured right), has won the second Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition with an essay titled, “A place to call home: housing security and mental […]

Senate report shows why Australia needs to talk about inequality

January 21, 2015 1

This week a report on global wealth from Oxfam is making headlines ahead of the World Economic Forum. The report states that the world’s 80 richest people now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. If you think that sort of  inequality is not an issue here, consider that in Australia the […]

On the many ways that federal policies are hitting Tasmanians’ health

December 7, 2014

Two recent Senate committee reports have raised concerns that federal policies are exacerbating health inequities (an interim report from the Senate Select Committee on Health, and another report, Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia). Such concerns are particularly acute in Tasmania, as was made clear in submissions to the Senate Select Committee on Health. […]

The Health Wrap: Copayment confusion; VicVotes; overcoming Indigenous disadvantage; making systems work for health

December 2, 2014

                By Kellie Bisset Copayment confusion  The prospect of the Abbott Government dumping its controversial copayment policy has been a hot topic of conversation this past fortnight but was all the speculation simply that? Despite media suggesting the Prime Minister’s office was backing away from the politically charged […]

The Koori Woman: No surprises for me in First Contact

The Koori Woman: No surprises for me in First Contact

November 26, 2014

Kelly Briggs writes: Watching First Contact on SBS elicited no surprise from me, being a veteran tweeter and having work published in various publications. The attitudes expressed by the six people chosen to participate in the program are no different from the things people have tweeted at me or written in comments below the line of […]

What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders?

November 13, 2014

Global meetings like the G20 Leaders Summit are not generally reported through a health lens, although the decisions undertaken at the conference can have profound ramifications for health, at a local and global level. For example, yesterday’s landmark agreement  between the US and China ,which included the announcement of further emission reduction goals, lends some hope […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

November 3, 2014 1

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme […]

Conference hears a damning critique of Indigenous housing program

Conference hears a damning critique of Indigenous housing program

October 26, 2014 1

Rosemary Cadden reports from the recent CRANAplus conference: An award-winning Australian company involved in housing projects in disadvantaged regions in Australia and around the world has raised serious questions about a national Indigenous housing initiative with a budget of $5.5 billion. Paul Pholeros, a director of Healthabitat, said successive governments had refused to look at evidence […]