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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

  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 […]

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

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 […]

Farewell Dr Nigel Gray, AO

Farewell Dr Nigel Gray, AO

In sad news, public health lost a great champion this week with the passing of Dr Nigel Gray.  Dr Gray laid the foundation for the tobacco control movement. In a media release, CEO of Cancer Council Victoria, Mr Todd Harper, said: “Dr Gray’s visionary thinking and action would leave an indelible footprint on the public […]

A plea to maintain the momentum in tackling Indigenous smoking rates

A plea to maintain the momentum in tackling Indigenous smoking rates

In the wake of budget uncertainty, brutal funding cuts and a review of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program, it is critical to maintain momentum in efforts to reduce smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. So says Associate Professor David Thomas, head of tobacco control research at the Menzies School of Health Research in […]

Indigenous smoking program cuts risk widening the gap

Indigenous smoking program cuts risk widening the gap

Kristin Carson writes: Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and early death among Indigenous Australians, with smoking responsible for about one in every five deaths. Among Indigenous Australians, tobacco use contributes to 80% of all lung cancer deaths, 37% of heart disease, 9% of all strokes and 5% of low birth-weight babies. And in central Australia, rates of […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Smartphones – An opportunity for public health

Smartphones – An opportunity for public health

Anyone who spends anytime on public transport in Melbourne will recognise the power of the smartphone. The endless sea of heads bent over tiny screens  reading / texting /  gaming / tweeting.  If only someone could harness the power of these attention demanding devices for the public good? In this month’s journal watch Dr Melissa […]

The Health Wrap: Booze battles, drug dilemmas, rethinking service delivery in Indigenous health

The Health Wrap: Booze battles, drug dilemmas, rethinking service delivery in Indigenous health

By Kellie Bisset   Battling the booze As the fallout from Schoolies week hit many families across the nation, the debate turned once again to alcohol use by young people and how we might best be able to prevent harm. Professor John Toumbourou from Deakin University argued the case for price increases and discussed the […]

The Health Wrap: Putting social determinants front and centre, the darker side of Halloween, and all things public health

The Health Wrap: Putting social determinants front and centre, the darker side of Halloween, and all things public health

  By Kellie Bisset  Putting the social determinants of health front and centre The impact of social disadvantage on healthcare and other important ‘downstream’ factors was a focus of the past fortnight as Australia marked Anti Poverty Week. This piece on Croakey from Marie McInerney pulls together the findings from Anti Poverty Week research reports […]